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Thomas Weiner: Defend Planned Parenthood from baseless accusations

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: It is essential that women have access to the services of Planned Parenthood. Trying to dismantle this organization is a way to deny women basic rights. It must not be allowed to happen through trickery and deceit. Thomas Weiner Northampton …

Debra Orgera: It took many voices to end ill-advised Olympic bid

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: The Boston 2024 Olympic bid is dead. At this time there are many people across the state to thank for protecting our taxpayers’ dollars. Northampton’s own Andrew Zimbalist and No Boston Olympics led the charge for no Olympics. The statewide nonpartisan Citizens for a Say Committee was working to make sure that all Massachusetts residents were going to get the …

Jane Noelle Aulisio: Let’s have more respect about differing views on flags

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: In a recent letter, a Westfield resident tells a woman from Easthampton that she should have no say in where and when Easthampton displays American flags — and that her having a say is disrespectful. But he evidently thinks he should have a say. Why is that? Because he’s a man? Because he’s a veteran? He doesn’t even live here. …

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Raymond Mahoney: Just a few things missing from Amherst’s Kendrick Park

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the editor: Kendrick Park in Amherst. I drive by it almost every day on my journey to town and invariably it is deserted. At first I wonder why such a beautiful green space with shade trees galore is devoid of human beings. But then it is obvious. …

John Allen: Is Hadley administrator right person for job?

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: The evaluation process for the town administrator in Hadley follows a format whereby each Select Board member assesses the performance of the administrator relative to their individual expectations. It is clear that the most important issue in the valuation may be the expectations of the …

Rev. Cynthia Stahler: Future of planet depends on us, right now

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the efforts of Attorney General Maura Healy and citizen groups to call for studies of the area’s need for natural gas and the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline through Franklin and Hampshire counties. Thorough studies will give us essential information about the …

Joe Jewett: Thoughts on a bicyclist’s place on our roads

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: I read with some dismay the recent letter that admonishes a cyclist for allegedly having the temerity to signal for and then make a left-hand turn. The writer does not indicate whether there was adequate room for the cyclist to do so. Rather she states …

Richard S. (Dick) Stein: The method in the Pope’s environmental message

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: The pope’s comments about the environment have enlivened discussion of the issue of whether religion should be concerned with political matters. There are those who believe politics should be concerned with matters that govern our everyday lives such as business and personal agreements, government services …

Jeff Caplan and Eileen Sugrue-McElearney: Cooley Dickinson has special council to gather feedback

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Health Care is committed to patient-centered care — including encouraging partnerships and communication among patients, families and healthcare providers. We recognize the importance of including patients and loved ones in the delivery of care and the design of that care. A recent letter to the Gazette …

Barbara Sharp: First Amendment will always trump feelings of offense

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: In his July 10 column, “Flag down on this play”, Gazette columnist John Paradis related his experience of seeing a woman on the 4th of July wearing a T-shirt depicting the American flag upside down, or in distress mode. He reacted strongly, stating “I’m all …

Marian Geller, Kamas Choi, and Joe and Michelle Squires: Please make ‘truck-invested’ speedway in Northampton safe

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: We have spoken with Department of Public Works, the Transportation and Parking Commission, the mayor, Coca-Cola Co., Northampton police, the Gazette, and lastly, the City Council. We’ve obtained a traffic calming report, offered to purchase speed bumps, and put up street signs. Here’s our question: …

Sasha Nyary and Lily Ruderman: Northampton High students will miss Moynihan’s presence

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: We were distressed and saddened to read of the recent death of Jo-Anne Moynihan, or Joey, who worked at Northampton High School. As the first person we saw when we went to the office, she was always cheerful, friendly, warm and helpful. She represented the …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: Upside down flags are a signal of distress, not desecration

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: An upside down national flag is used as a signal of distress throughout the world. It is not the same as “desecrating” the flag, as Gazette columnist John Paradis suggested in his July 10 column, “Flag down on this play.” Years ago, people living on …