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Dr. Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Studies shows states jumped gun on medical marijuana

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the question about the effectiveness of medical marijuana raised in a Sept. 15 Gazette article, two medical literature reviews on the subject were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, one by a team of 13 authors in Bristol, England, on 79 trials with 6,462 participants, the others by Dr. Kevin Hill of Belmont, Massachusetts, on 28 trials. They focused on quality …

G. Dixon: Lack of parking, filing fees at courthouse outrageous

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: This does indeed stink. Why aren’t Hampshire Superior Court jurors given either an assigned parking space or a day pass? Because it subsidizes the court system? Come on! Do we have one government, or is each a separate fiefdom? Furthermore, isn’t the filing fee for Superior Court more than elitist? Seems to me that both the lack of supplied parking …

Paul Slater: Perhaps Kentucky clerk can cast stones after all

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps we should bear in mind that Kim Davis of Kentucky may be without sin and therefor able to cast stones as she sees fit. Paul Slater Northampton …

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John Bingham Munroe: Sad to hear about more shooting range controversy in ‘Burgy’

Sunday, September 27, 2015

To the editor: I speak as someone who grew up in Burgy years ago and still has a home on Village Hill Road near the area where there had been excessive gunfire at a nearby shooting range. I’m saddened by the news from friends and neighbors about the …

Rachel Wysoker: A call to visit independent shops like Serio’s Market

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: Fifteen months have passed since Christina Cavallari, the beloved owner of Serio’s Market, died unexpectedly on May 30, 2014. At the time, there was an outpouring of support for the business and for Gary Golec, Chris’s husband and business partner of 25 years. Like most …

Tamar Fields and Norbert Goldfield: Glad that Markey, Warren supported Iran nuclear deal

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: The U.S. Senate has voted to uphold the nuclear deal with Iran despite efforts from Republican senators to derail it. News websites and talk radio shows have been full of commentary about the agreement, which will successfully limit that country’s nuclear capabilities. With all that …

Jack Tulloss: A call on Belchertown chief to step and apologize for actions

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: Francis Fox Jr. What’s a community to do? You’re the guy who is supposed to lead by example. Accused of behavior that is dangerous and illegal and stupid and now embarrassing, but, fortunately, not fatal. Step up. In the words of Sgt. Hulka in the …

Tom Baker: ‘Molten Salt’ reactors can play role in carbon-free energy future

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: Thanks for the recent coverage warning of catastrophic sea level rise in the near future should humanity decide to continue on its reckless path of burning fossil fuels. James Hansen and his colleagues have provided a study based on paleoclimatology, computer models and actual observations …

Emmett Barcalow: Kentucky clerk’s comparison to Gandhi, King off base

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: Supporters of Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who resists issuing marriage license to gay couples, compare her favorably to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. But Gandhi and King resisted authority to protect other people from having their fundamental human rights violated. …

Rev. Cynthia Stahler: US should welcome refugees, make immigration laws fair

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: In reading about the desperate Syrians fleeing for their lives, I want to support the United States and especially Massachusetts in welcoming refugees. We also need to reform our immigration laws. Currently, refugees can lose their legal resident status in the United States if they …

Michael DiPasquale: City making strides in safer road designs, but drivers can help too

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: I was happy to see two recent letters in the Gazette calling attention to the serious issue of road safety. One writer laments an unpainted downtown crosswalk that is barely visible. The other describes a new driver’s experience with impatient motorists wanting her to drive …

Bob Dickerman: Berkshire Gas has another way to meet peak demand

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley has been reported as saying there would be no emissions at pipeline compressor stations, other than an occasional release of methane. This is untrue for several reasons. First, compressor station turbines, such as those planned for Northfield, would burn about …

Rosemary Oliver: Kim Davis more akin to George Wallace than Rosa Parks

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

To the editor: Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who defied the Supreme Court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, presents herself as a victim simply trying to abide by the dictates of her conscience. The Constitution grants her this right. She acts on “God’s authority.” Curious …