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Patricia and Stanley Libucha: Belchertown taxpayers should review property bills carefully

Friday, August 28, 2015

To the editor: If you own a home or vacant property in Belchertown, do not take for granted that your tax bill and the calculation of the acreage and square footage for your property is accurate. According to the director of assessments, and I quote, “As of 1-1-12 our assessors maps were updated using the MassGIS mapping system developed by the Commonwealth. This program utilizes aerial orthoimagery, which is significantly …

J.M. Sorrell: Gazette wrong to come to Chris Duval’s defense on free speech grounds

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: It’s one thing to hear from Chris Duval (infamous now for guns and Confederate flag defenses) and to print his comments. It seems ridiculous, however, for a well-regarded newspaper to come to his defense regarding the Cummington Fair. If he had painted on his building “Die Faggot” or “Filthy Jews,” I suspect you would not have a problem with his …

Tenzin Tsedon: See Confederate ‘battle flag’ for what it is: a racist symbol

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Lot of people who support the Confederate flag always seem to compare it to the rainbow flag or a flag of another country, saying all of them represent pride and Americans have the right to fly them regardless of others’ disapprovals. If one truly wants to compare the rebel banner to another flag, why not do it with the flag …

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Dan and Angela Boyle: Universal access programs at state parks are first rate

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program. The program is committed to providing outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities. Accessibility to the state parks is achieved through site improvements, …

Margaret Lobenstine: Do not erect financial barriers at Puffer’s Pond

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: As someone who has loved Puffer’s Pond in Amherst for over a quarter of a century, I want to share something that has inspired me over the years. Puffer’s is one of the most multicultural, multi-racial and peaceful spots in Amherst. One can easily have …

Wendy Robinson: Planned Parenthood not ‘trafficking’ in fetal tissue

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: I’m writing to thank you for printing the article headlined “Scientists: Fetal tissue key to medical research.” This is a well-reasoned and informative article that sheds light on the subject, rather than heat. I would also like to correct what I believe is misinformation in …

John Zokowski: President Obama has done little to defend the Constitution

Sunday, August 16, 2015

To the editor: Congress had to pass the Affordable Care Act so we could all see what was in it, and Congress had to pass the Asia-Pacific Trade Pact without reading or debating it beforehand, and now it is reported that the Iran nuclear deal contains secret deals, …

Joan Axelrod-Contrada: ADHD students deserve more than police presence

Sunday, August 16, 2015

To the editor: It was a shocking sight. An 8-year-old boy with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Covington, Kentucky, squirmed and thrashed in handcuffs. “My arm!” cried the boy who was handcuffed above the elbow because his hands were too small for the handcuffs. “Oh God. Ow, …

Erika Hollister: Family of Cummington crash victim thankful for fast response

Sunday, August 16, 2015

To the editor: Last week my husband was critically injured in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Cummington. His life was saved many times over by our emergency response infrastructure and the many dedicated emergency professionals who responded. I write to thank and praise those responders. The …

Roland Mandler: Five College book annex is bad news for Hadley

Saturday, August 15, 2015

To the editor: Five Colleges Inc. has proposed to build a book warehouse on previously farmed land bordered by North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road in Hadley. This temperature controlled, 37-foot-tall warehouse would eventually occupy a footprint bigger than the size of Home Depot in Hadley. Although …

Timothy Todd Anderson: Amherst Community Band adds to cultural flavor of town

Thursday, August 13, 2015

To the editor: As the Amherst Community Band prepares for its final summer concert Friday, we would like to thank everyone who has seen us perform this season. Major appreciation is due to the Amherst Business Improvement District for sponsoring our monthly concert series at Sweetser Park. It …

Molly Turner: WMUA remains a longtime companion in the Valley

Thursday, August 13, 2015

To the editor: WMUA, the student-run radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was one of my first friends when I came to the Valley in the 1980s. First I found daytime jazz, something that was disappearing from the Boston area about that time. I quickly learned …

Charles Schmid: Americans have right to fly any flag of their choosing

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

To the editor: I have been following the articles and news in the Gazette about the rebel battle flag. Everyone has rights. This is America. Many are proud of their Southern heritage. One group yells about rights, but would take away the rights of those who are proud …