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Patty Kimura: Disagrees with columnist on Gov. Perry case

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I must respond to the guest column by Jay Ambrose (Gazette, Aug. 22), who suggests there is something noble and worthy in the defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is charged with two felonies by a Texas grand jury. I found his claim stunning. Since Perry did not demand the resignations of two other prosecutors also convicted of a DUI charge, in exchange for continued funding … 0

Bernadette and Emlen Jones: They’re voting for Berwick for governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: We met Don Berwick recently at a gathering in Amherst. He is running along with Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman for governor in the Democratic primary Sept. 9. We were so impressed we wanted to contact our friends and neighbors and encourage them to check out Berwick on his website: berwickforgovernor.com. Berwick is not a politician. He is a pediatrician … 0

Sidney Moss: Wants Berwick to be next governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I want a governor who has a populist approach emphasizing social justice, equality and compassion. I believe that Dr. Don Berwick will be that governor. His strong stance for single-payer medical care for Massachusetts can be a reality, reflecting his administrative leadership of the U.S. Medicare/Medicaid with 5,500 employees and a budget larger than the Pentagon. Berwick’s concern for people … 0

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Jessica Tanner: Northampton should ban single-use plastic bags

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I knew that I had to write this letter after reading a story to my 1-year-old about a sea turtle’s life cycle and then, in the same week, read online about a sea turtle named Billy, aged 9, who had ingested plastic pieces from a … 0

Mary McKitrick: Try a traffic circle instead of the four-way stop

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: When the four-way stop signs went up at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue, Prospect and Jackson streets in Northampton, my hopes were raised that this would ease traffic problems there. Unfortunately this was not the ideal solution. I estimate that 15-20 percent of drivers don’t … 0

Marion Barre: WMass not getting its fair share of road monies

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: In the 1930s, Quabbin Reservoir was built to provide the primary water supply to Boston and greater Boston. This was only the beginning of the unfair distribution of resources between the eastern and western parts … 0

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I am horrified at the attempt to burn the Israeli flag at B’nai Israel synagogue. There is no justification for such an act. No one has a right to do such a thing to any person or group of people. No one has a right … 8

Carrie Hemenway: Wants a movie theater in Northampton

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Now that the former Honda dealership building has been razed, and they’re looking to develop the King Street property, how about constructing a movie theater? Now, you have to go to Amherst or other towns to catch a film, as no daily films play in … 5

William Brezinski: End 'Tax Free' shopping day and institute 'Tax those who don’t Pay Taxes Day'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: As we begin to cheer a “tax free” shopping day, let us look at this celebration. Since everyone is “tax free” shopping, business does not have a reason to lower prices. Since everyone is shopping; … 0

Stan Schapiro: Why can’t nation act like what Statue of Liberty claims?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To The editor: Thank you for the recent article “Honduran families deported back to a bleak future.” In it you paint a clear picture of a young Honduran mother of two, her treacherous journey to the U.S. and her deportation, without seeing a judge, back to her home … 9

Michael Dover: Bicyclist wants breaks in road pavement fixed

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: On Aug. 4, I was riding east on Meadow Road in Amherst when my bicycle pitched over to the right and I hit the ground. The culprit was a narrow break in the pavement, just wide enough to catch a bike tire. I was lucky … 0

Bernice Massé Rosenthal: Save the history mural in Amherst

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Nine years ago Amherst proudly celebrated the completion of the historic mural facing the West Cemetery with a dedication ceremony. In attendance were descendants of some of the people depicted in the mural. I took part in the celebration and my name is on the … 0

Jack Tulloss: Here’s some advice on all those immigrant children

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: For decades the flotsam and jetsam of Mexican and Central American political instability, injustice, corruption and savagery has washed up on America’s borders. But in the good old days the reprobates in the queue were at least tall enough to look over the wall and … 0