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Ginny Curtis: Gazette made right call to report on Confederate flag display

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Gazette editors were recently chastised by a Sunderland reader (“Too much attention to Williamsburg flag display”) for “putting those people in the spotlight,” forgetting “to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown” and requested that they exercise “better judgement in the future.” I applaud the editors for drawing attention to the well disguised racism in our “Happy Valley” (population 161,000 and only …

Edward Golding: Cost-effectiveness vital in tackling supposed risks

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: The recent article about the tight restrictions on the use of fryolators at the Taste of Amherst struck a chord. Again and again in recent years, it has seemed to me that Massachusetts has struggled to find a good balance between safety and risk, and cost and benefit. Not long ago, I heard a building inspector talk about expensive new …

Noreen Beebe: Student’s death highlights risk of side effects in birth control pills

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young women or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is. Many people view birth control pills as safe and effective, never thinking about possible side effects. If you know a young woman or teen on birth control, inform her of the side effects. An article in the Gazette …

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Eleanor Herman: Flag at Nashawannuck Pond does not stand for beauty of nature

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: There have been many letters in favor of keeping the flag on display in front of Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton, and a few which suggest it obscures the natural beauty of the pond and surroundings. The writers most always associate the flag with honoring our …

Donald Mathison: Book on B-17 crash Mount Tom crash honors those who died

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: Reading in a recent Gazette about a public gathering to mark the anniversary of the B-17 crash on Mount Tom on July 9, 1946, I was reminded of the book “We Don’t Cry for Heroes.” It was written by Franklin Davidson Loehr to honor the …

Ruth Leuenberger: After ruling, fight against discrimination will continue

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. This decision reflects a shift in America, where polls show a majority now favors equality for gays and lesbians in marriage. Like the Supreme Court’s decision in the Loving vs. …

Michael Suter: Much to consider with Shutesbury solar project

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: Having read the Gazette’s coverage of the proposed industrial-scale solar installation for Shutesbury, I would like to add and clarify several points that are salient to the situation. ∎ The siting of this proposed installation will require clear cutting of nearly 30 acres of trees. …

Diane C. Keating: Witness to near bike-car accident offers warning

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: As I was driving the other day on South Street in Northampton heading to the Senior Center for my weekly fitness class, I witnessed an unfortunate and far too common event. A young woman on a bicycle signaled to make a left-hand turn. She was …

Molly Turner: An appeal to Amherst manager: listen to dissent

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: I wish I had a town manager in Amherst who represents my interests. I wish this manager would listen to me and my fellow Town Meeting members. I wish he would listen to my neighbors and all the neighbors of all the neighborhoods throughout Amherst. …

Julie Cavacco: Children’s librarians gather to celebrate literature

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: Recently a number of libraries got together, on June 27, to take part in a Battle of the Books for middle school students at the South Hadley Library. The goal of this event was to give small libraries a chance to offer a larger event …

Rory Lambert-Wright: Importance of protecting water should not be debated

Friday, July 10, 2015

To the editor: A commodity as essential as safe, clean water shouldn’t be a topic of intense debate. Unfortunately, we seem to live in a society where protection of basic human necessities is a topic worth arguing over. The Obama administration has recently reviewed and clarified the EPA’s …

Melissa Caldwell: Dog incident on Mt. Toby trail leaves hiker injured, seeking answers

Friday, July 10, 2015

To the editor: I want to alert hikers and other lovers of the outdoors to a matter of human and animal safety. I am a fit, athletic and animal-loving adult who was hiking on a Mount Toby trail in Sunderland, with two friends and our dogs, on July …

Lisa Fontes: Praise for author Evan Stark’s work on male attempts to control women

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: I want to correct an impression that could easily be left by the recent Gazette and Amherst Bulletin article, “Control Issues: Amherst Psychologist’s Book Sheds Light on Emotional Abuse.” All of us who write about violence in couples since Evan Stark’s 2007 masterpiece, “Coercive Control: …