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Mary Russo: It’s a question of social justice

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: Given the negative emotions associated with abortion in the media (guilt, anger, shame, fear, etc.) it was heartening to read Emma Ayres’ clear and brave account of her own experience in guest column in the Gazette Nov. 15. It meant that she was free to make her own decision, but not in isolation or poverty. As a volunteer for the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, I …

Richard Suchocki: Praises Cinemark, Applebees for honoring veterans

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to give kudos to Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and Applebees for the way they honored veterans on Veterans Day. Veterans were able to see the movie “Fury” with Brad Pitt for free and Applebees, decorated with red, white and blue balloons and thank-you notes obviously drawn by young children, were on the tables addressed to the veteran. …

Rich Feldman: Challenges ahead for those on BOTH sides of BID

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: As those of us who endorsed the BID recover from the horrible shocks of the past few weeks, and those who brought it to an end contemplate next moves, I pose these challenges to all: ■ Care about and work for something larger than yourself, that has broad public benefit even if it required delayed individual gain. ■ Do something …

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Leslie di Curcio: Big Brothers, Big Sisters thanks all who help this program

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: This past Halloween, a Masquerade Bowl-a-thon again benefited Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hampshire County. The money raised helps to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to local children in need of positive adult influence and friendship. BBBS has a proven track record. The Center for …

Judith Fine: Grateful to have had Dan Yacuzzo as a friend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: It has been several weeks since Dan Yacuzzo transitioned to his next chapter. His is a loss that the downtown community, and all who support us, feel deeply and with much sorrow. His death leaves a hollow feeling inside those who called him friend, family, …

Heather Hunt: Gazette editorial wrong on tariff decision for pipeline

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: The Oct. 29 editorial “Sales pitches tool up on need for natural gas pipeline,” told readers to connect the dots before believing messages in connection with a natural gas pipeline. The editorial’s representation of facts included several errors. New England has serious power system challenges …

Jimmy Burgoff: How about using some common sense when driving?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: As I was driving my son to the high school recently, I noticed a new road sign at the base of Triangle Street in Amherst. It reads, “No Turn On Red.” I believe putting up this sign will cause traffic congestion that is entirely unnecessary. …

Cole Gladstone: Proud that UMass community has banded together

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: The events that have transpired recently regarding the racist graffiti written in dorm buildings at UMass have been disturbing. The university as a whole may be large, but we are a close-knit community. We have the reputation of being one of the most accepting public …

Susan Adelson: Some questions concerning the Pulaski Park makeover

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: I agree that Pulaski Park needs a makeover, and I am delighted to know there are now funds allocated for this purpose. I have a few questions, though. Will children be allowed to splash in the proposed water garden on hot summer days? Will there …

William Mullin: Make sure you have backup battery with Comcast modem

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: Recently I received a message from Comcast, stating that they had upgraded the speed of their Internet connections “in my area” and that I needed to have a new modem to take advantage of the upgrade. They sent me a “Gateway” modem at no charge …

Mary Wyse: Fossil fuel divestment discussion for individuals

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: I want to draw your readers’ attention to an important coming panel discussion, Fossil Fuel Divestment: Does it Make Cents for You? This topic has been in the news lately as a strategy to reduce the power of coal, oil and gas companies, which are …

Sherri Acevedo: Challenges Barbara Love on just who is a racist

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: In response to the article “Speaker: Open airing of racism key to healing” in the Oct. 21 Daily Hampshire Gazette, I found it astounding that Barbara Love, professor emeritus of social justice at UMass Amherst, would state that “white people” are the only group that …

Faye Rapoport DesPres: Wishes Gannon column had been more educated and accurate

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: In his guest column, “Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict,” Joe Gannon uses a painful anti-Semitic incident (the burning of an Israeli flag outside a synagogue) to stoke anti-Semitic and anti-Israel fires by publicly reiterating common misconceptions regarding the complicated Middle …