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Bryan Mollison, of Savoy, Mass., leads his Holsteins Bandit, left, and Zeus, right, in the 20th Annual Ox Teamsters Challenge during the 146th Annual Cummington Fair at Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Nan Clark: Ox teamsters event not just for the menfolk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: The crew responsible for the Ox Teamster’s Challenge at the Cummington Fair really appreciates the educational article featured in Monday’s Gazette. It is important to add that the competition is not just for men and boys. On Saturday there were three female teamsters and one 12-year-old girl also in the contest. Readers might be interested to now … 0

Mary Alsentzer: Williamsburg must confront shooting range safety

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Although I live in North Carolina, I spend at least a couple of weeks each summer with my mother on Hyde Hill Road in Williamsburg. On a recent Saturday my twin granddaughters came for a visit. As the weather looked threatening, we took the girls into the large barn on the property to play upstairs in the hay loft, which … 1

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick’s qualifications for governor are the strongest we have seen in years and are uniquely suited to our needs right now. While trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Berwick also holds an advanced degree in public policy. He can both attend to the needs of individuals and lead complex organizations. … 3

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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

Jenifer E. McKenna: Proud that Amherst is confronting racism

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: As horrified as I am to continue to face the fact that we still live in a racist world, I am proud to live in a community that is working with it so overtly. Like many of you, I thought we would be further along … 0

Jimmy Grogan, Steve Weiss: Rattlesnake Gutter Trust opposes proposed pipeline

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust is a land trust dedicated to protecting natural and scenic areas of Leverett in balance with private property and community development. We do this primarily by purchasing and managing important conservation land, and by assisting Leverett landowners in protecting their property … 1

Nathaniel and Angelica Whitmal: Expresses pride in Amherst for helping children

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: We are writing to express our pride in the many people in Amherst that were willing to support the unaccompanied children from Central America. We are please that so many were/are prepared to share their homes and other resources with these children that fled gang … 0

Claudia Lefko: AP story on Gaza did not deserve to be on Gazette’s front page

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: A front-page article (“Israel searches for soldier,” Aug. 2) about an Israeli soldier feared captured? One soldier, when more than a thousand Palestinians, including hundreds of children, caught desperately in the assault on Gaza have … 2

Dorothy Cresswell: Horrified by the carnage in Gaza

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: Early this month, I had the amazing experience of standing in solidarity with the members of the local Springfield mosque in the protest that they organized to cry out for the people of Gaza. Long before this massive attack on Gaza in plain sight of … 0

Michael Engel: Where is Westfield State faculty outrage over Evan Dobelle’s excesses?

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: In 1986, Westfield State President Francis J. Pilecki tried to cover up his misdeeds — sexual assaults on male students — with a crafty administrative maneuver that ended up placing the blame on faculty incompetence. At the time, I was president of the faculty union. … 0

Lois Ahrens: How many probation people were hired through patronage?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: There has been a lot of ink and a lot angst over the convictions of John O’Brien and Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke. As quoted in the Gazette, “Former judge and district attorney W. Michael … 1