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Meigs Middle School eighth graders Andrew Steele, left, and Christian McIntosh hold an American flag on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Shalimar, Fla. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We did most of our growing up in our nation’s capital after our family moved to Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression. On … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals who write most of these letters aware that we, as a country, have laws, rules … 0

Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs any American with a heart. Yet that cannot be the only aspect of the immigration … 0

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Connie Czewczyk, Lori FitzGibbon: Heartfelt thanks to those at CDH

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: We would like to publicly thank the staff of the Critical Care and Respiratory Department of The Cooley Dickinson Hospital for the outstanding care our family member received there recently. We will forever be grateful for your skills and the kindness and compassion you showed … 0

Ira Brezinsky, Carol Constant: South Hadley FallsFest organizers give thanks

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: Thank you to everyone in the community who helped make FallsFest Music and Arts Festival on July 26 at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Falls an amazing success. The second-annual festival attracted approximately 6,000 visitors, for 11 hours of live music, family activities, delicious food, … 0

Mary H. Hall: More thoughts on the Mideast crisis

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: Given Israel’s policy of retaliating beyond the magnitude of every attack, it is hard to see how thousands of missiles would have been fired from Gaza before the present crisis without precipitating a war. Also, … 0

Tom Baker: Several reasons ‘Retreat’ should not be allowed

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the Editor: I attended the July 30 meeting of the Amherst Planning Board, and came away with several concerns that I would like to share. ■ I was amazed to see that “rock work” for the Retreat amounted to 36 percent of the entire budget for all … 0

Gerald Triggs: Political contributions should be donated to worthwhile causes

Monday, August 4, 2014

To the editor: Once again there going to be millions of dollars in financial donations. Charlie Baker as of mid July has raised $1,110.687, followed by Steven Grossman $819,012, Martha Coakley $371,210, Donald Berwick $202,182. Also, Baker’s hand-picked running mate Karyn Polito raised $511,000. This is going to … 0

Maxine J. Stein: Good hospice program provides dignity until last breath

Monday, August 4, 2014

To the editor: In response to J.M. Sorrell’s Dignity Project article recently, I am writing to address the Massachusetts hospice movement’s stand and commentary on the Death with Dignity initiative. The goal of hospice is to provide patients with expert care and symptom relief that will help bring … 0

Jim Harvey: Here’s some ‘crazy’ ideas for Mideast crisis

Monday, August 4, 2014

To the editor: It has been said that one form of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If that is true, then the conflict in Gaza is insane. For decades, radical Arabs like Hamas have been shelling Israel and for … 0

Newton Bowdan: Some hard questions about the Mideast crisis

Monday, August 4, 2014

To the editor: If Hamas wants to stop the devastating Israeli counterattack that is so destructive of Gaza, all they need to do is stop shooting rockets into Israel and not building tunnels and sending assassins there to kill and/or kidnap whomever. If Israelis could be assured that … 0

William Schalk: Should have shown hospitality to railroad workers

Sunday, August 3, 2014

To the editor: I am reading with interest the concerns regarding the railroad workers who were stationed on the railroad near town and the bike path. My understanding is that these workers have been transferred here from the south to improve and rebuild this section of the railroad … 0

John Montanari: Prashad has false, morally confused position

Sunday, August 3, 2014

To the editor: In a recent guest column, Vijay Prashad characterizes the recent Israeli actions in Gaza as “less a war and more collective punishment,” and implies that Israel’s purpose is to “eradicate Palestinians from their lands — to kill them or to throw them into Egypt and … 5