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Bryan Mollison, of Savoy, Mass., leads his Holsteins Bandit, left, and Zeus, right, in the 20th Annual Ox Teamsters Challenge during the 146th Annual Cummington Fair at Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Nan Clark: Ox teamsters event not just for the menfolk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: The crew responsible for the Ox Teamster’s Challenge at the Cummington Fair really appreciates the educational article featured in Monday’s Gazette. It is important to add that the competition is not just for men and boys. On Saturday there were three female teamsters and one 12-year-old girl also in the contest. Readers might be interested to now … 0

Mary Alsentzer: Williamsburg must confront shooting range safety

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Although I live in North Carolina, I spend at least a couple of weeks each summer with my mother on Hyde Hill Road in Williamsburg. On a recent Saturday my twin granddaughters came for a visit. As the weather looked threatening, we took the girls into the large barn on the property to play upstairs in the hay loft, which … 1

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick’s qualifications for governor are the strongest we have seen in years and are uniquely suited to our needs right now. While trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Berwick also holds an advanced degree in public policy. He can both attend to the needs of individuals and lead complex organizations. … 3

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Glenn Swanson: Some lessons and questions about presidential legacy

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: In response to Jay Fleitman’s column about Obama’s shortcomings in comparison to President Harry Truman’s, I would offer a couple of observations. My recollection is that 60 years ago, shortly after Truman had left the Oval Office, his stature as a president was pretty low; … 0

Michael Aronson: Common sense is common courtesy on Norwottuck Rail Trail

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: Those of us fortunate enough to experience the blessings of the Norwottuck Rail Trail need to exercise common sense in its use. The trail is inherently multi-use, frequented by individuals and groups, of commuters on bikes, dog walkers, bird watchers and runners. To ensure a … 3

Diana Riddle: ‘Peace for Gaza’ rallies point out U.S. stance

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: The horror of Gaza is not very far away. It is disingenuous to stand back and shake our heads about what “they are doing over there.” We cannot choose whose actions to support. The U.S. government, whom we fund with our taxes, has made our … 0

Barbara Kelly: Imagine the U.S., Israel on trial in the Hague

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the editor: Imagine the grandmother in Afghanistan who was picking onions before the drone’s missile struck. Imagine the children in a school in Gaza before a targeted missile took out their classroom. Imagine that grandmother’s sister and those children’s parents sitting in judgment in the Hague as … 1

Cyndy Chamberland: Social Security system does need more accountability

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette recently published a full page advertisement written by a retiring Holyoke gentleman proclaiming his apparent surprise, anger and dismay in the Social Security system. Essentially when he went to the Social Security office to initiate his retirement claim, he was stunned to find … 1

John Fox: Please support Berwick for governor

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to encourage you to vote for Don Berwick for governor, to contribute to his campaign and to invite your friends to do so as well. He’s truly outstanding — the real deal. And, best of all, he’s rapidly gaining momentum across the … 1

Connie Czewczyk, Lori FitzGibbon: Heartfelt thanks to those at CDH

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: We would like to publicly thank the staff of the Critical Care and Respiratory Department of The Cooley Dickinson Hospital for the outstanding care our family member received there recently. We will forever be grateful for your skills and the kindness and compassion you showed … 0

Ira Brezinsky, Carol Constant: South Hadley FallsFest organizers give thanks

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: Thank you to everyone in the community who helped make FallsFest Music and Arts Festival on July 26 at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Falls an amazing success. The second-annual festival attracted approximately 6,000 visitors, for 11 hours of live music, family activities, delicious food, … 0

Mary H. Hall: More thoughts on the Mideast crisis

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: Given Israel’s policy of retaliating beyond the magnitude of every attack, it is hard to see how thousands of missiles would have been fired from Gaza before the present crisis without precipitating a war. Also, … 0

Tom Baker: Several reasons ‘Retreat’ should not be allowed

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the Editor: I attended the July 30 meeting of the Amherst Planning Board, and came away with several concerns that I would like to share. ■ I was amazed to see that “rock work” for the Retreat amounted to 36 percent of the entire budget for all … 0