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Karl W. Ryavec: ISIS problem just part of larger crisis in Mideast

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: The decision to attack ISIS was made under the pressure of a mass feeling that ISIS must be punished for its execution of two Americans. If the attacks continue for a prolonged period several problems arise: constitutionality of the action; the attacks helping enemies of the U.S., particularly the dictator Assad and the fanatical Iranian leaders; and the fact that they do not eliminate the underlying sources …

Mitchell Sieser: Setting the Obama record straight on ISIS

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: An Associated Press writer’s depiction of Obama’s Middle East policies, (“Obama orders bombing in Syria,” Sept. 11) bares no resemblance to historical reality: “While in office, he has steadfastly sought to wind down American military campaigns in the Middle East and avoid new wars — particularly in Syria, a country where the chaos of an intractable civil war has given …

Bernie Bachand: What’s wrong with bad-mannered bicyclists?

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: I fully agree with recent letter-writers about bicyclists and their road habits. At times I have encountered as many as three and four abreast in the road, and they don’t even move for my pick-up. I think they are supposed to ride in file on the highway, but they think they own the road. Someday there is going to be …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Thomas Trenchard: Carol Ross deserves public support in her work to ease racial tension in Amherst

Friday, September 5, 2014

To the editor: I was disappointed upon reading the Gazette’s Aug. 28 editorial, “Amherst Together stance creates a town divided” and quite puzzled by the defensive reaction. You seem to do in your editorial exactly what you are accusing Carol Ross of: dividing the community. Carol Ross was …

Maria MacDonald: Upset to see driver’s alleged drug involvement in fatal crash

Friday, September 5, 2014

To the editor: I am saddened by the tragic and fatal accident on Route 5 in Easthampton on Aug. 28 and my thoughts go out to the family. But what upsets me even more is the way in which the system is involved in the lives of the …

McGrath family, friends issue statements about fatal Easthampton crash Aug. 28

Friday, September 5, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following messages come from family members and loved ones of Edward Daniel McGrath Jr. and Brittany Danielle McGrath, the father and daughter who were killed Aug. 28 when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by an SUV. The first message is from Iris McGrath, …

Paul M. Craig: Inequality of wealth corrupts our society

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To the editor: The essential core of a free society, within a capitalist economic system, is the presence of labor unions. Labor unions, pursuing collective bargaining, enable workers to balance the preponderant power of management and the executive …

A. E. Harazin: Doesn’t believe there should even be a vote on casinos

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To the editor: I hold no strong view regarding the creation of casino gambling enterprises in this state. I do resent, however, the November referendum as a frontal attack on American representative democracy. We elect legislators to weigh controversial issues and use their best judgment; if voters don’t … 1

Robert M Abrams: State should mandate a later school start time

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To the editor: The recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement about the mental and physical imperatives of school children to delay start time so that school children especially adolescents receive the required amount of sleep time has made national headlines and positive editorials. Dr. Judith Owens, the … 1

Steve Abdow: Supports Healey in primary race for attorney general

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor, I encourage my fellow citizens to vote in the Democratic primary for Maura Healey in the attorney general race. Maura impresses me as a courageous, clear thinking and uncompromising leader. She is a fresh, welcome face in the Massachusetts political scene. Her experience as assistant …

Rita Campbell: Vote for Berwick for governor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: With a 6 percent unemployment rate, Massachusetts has to do better for the sake of our economy and our future. Young people need meaningful employment, those displaced by the Wall Street meltdown need jobs with the same or better rates of pay and any Massachusetts …

Robert N. Brooks: Support for UMass football raises several questions

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Concerning University of Massachusetts football, a supporter has been quoted as saying that supporting the team “offers opportunity for community bonding” and cites the usual shibboleth that there is a correlation between the academic (or other) quality of a school and the performance of its … 2

Ben Hellerstein: Three towns deserve a lot of solar credit

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Chesterfield, Williamsburg and Whately deserve a lot of credit for their successful participation in the Solarize Massachusetts program (“Hilltown Voices: Solar signups deemed success,” Aug. 23). These communities are helping to lead the way towards a clean energy future in Massachusetts. Since 2008, Massachusetts’ solar …