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Joanne Kovalski: Easthampton roads need attention right now

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: I don’t understand why Easthampton has not repaired the main roads in the city — Cottage, Union and Main streets. I have traveled from Easthampton to the Berkshires and Connecticut. Their main roads have been repaired where needed. Even North Adams, Cummington and Goshen have smooth roads. There is construction all around Easthampton to improve roads. What’s wrong with this city? You want a fun ride? Take …

Mindy Domb: Diapers one element of Amherst Survival Center’s assistance

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: In response to the Gazette’s recent article on programs that feed people who experience homelessness in Amherst, I want to remind readers that the Amherst Survival Center provides baby diapers to families, winter gear to individuals and funding assistance for medication. This past spring, the first Amherst Area Diaper Drive successfully collected over 34,000 diapers. And we are excited to …

William Sillin: Publication of cartoon demonized legitimate Republican perspective on public policy

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editors: The Aug. 24 Gazette published a cartoon that reached a new low. It equated Republicans — and that would include me and some of my closest friends and neighbors — with slavers, murderers and ISIS. The unmistakable intent of the cartoon was to make people feel righteous and secure in their hatred of Republicans. It would also signal those who …

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Malcolm Pradia: ‘Superhero’ Sanders is the right choice for president next year

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president. I’m excited about him and many of his ideas. In fact, plenty of people I speak with are equally excited, but I still hear “he won’t win.” To that I ask “why?” I like to remind folks that …

Barbara Sharp: Mayor made wrong call allowing cars to park in bike lane

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: The Lathrop Home on South Street in Northampton held its annual picnic lunch Aug. 12. As in years past, at least two dozen cars were parked in the bicycle lanes on both sides of South Street near the home. This constituted a danger to cyclists, …

Peter J. and Michele M. Marcoux: Cummington Fair ‘dictatorship’ owes CRD Metalworks an apology

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: We usually don’t take a stand regarding issues that don’t involve us. However, our hearts say that we need to take a stand regarding this issue. We cannot believe that the Hillside Agricultural Society has asked CRD Metalworks not to participate in the Cummington Fair …

Sidney B. Simon: Of wars, equality and the focus on grades

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I congratulate you for printing that excellent piece by Steve Pfarrer on the books of Professor Christian C. Appy that focus on the Vietnam War. We must not forget that war. Appy’s quote from Henry Steele Commager needs to be read widely. “... though we …

George Levinger: Deal on Iranian nuclear issue worthy of support

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: Do we want another war in the Mideast, specifically against Iran? If the detractors of our president are to be supported, that’s what we’re likely to get. Should we listen to the Republican politicians, whose aim is to vilify Obama on his every policy, whether …

Thomas Hyer: Seniors should join to protect retiree benefits

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: This month marked the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act and for those of us 65 and older, Social Security continues to be a critical source of income. Social Security was established to protect seniors by setting aside savings we contributed in our working …

Lynne Weintraub: You can fly your flag, and I can tell you what I think of it

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I would like to remind the author of a letter published Aug. 13 that while the First Amendment guarantees the right to display any flag one chooses, it does not provide the person displaying it with immunity from the expressions of revulsion that it may …

Betty Roy: Let’s not forget to pause and help others here in our Valley

Friday, August 21, 2015

To the editor: There was an elderly gentleman walking his dog on Route 10 in Southampton yesterday. At one point, the dog just wouldn’t move from the entrance to the Big Y shopping plaza and as much as the gentleman tried to get the dog to move, he …

Robin Dizard: Recognize Planned Parenthood videos for the distortions they represent

Friday, August 21, 2015

To the editor: An old expression, “to find a mare’s nest,” names what happens when someone mistakes a long-known situation for an amazing new discovery. The spurious videos longtime opponents of abortion rights have released are only mares’ nests: crazy misinterpretations of daily realities. These new videos accuse …

Edward S. Zuchowski, Sr.: Fetal tissue research is ‘slippery slope’

Friday, August 21, 2015

To the editor: Much has been written of late on these pages concerning the videotaping of Planned Parenthood officials by members of a pro-life organization. Certainly, a case might be made that the secret nature by which these videos may have been obtained might be a bit deceptive, …