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Selena Kerr: Some suggestions on the immigration crisis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: We all feel endless compassion for the poor people (especially children) who come to our border for a better life. But here’s the bad news. We are out of money. When I see “three and a half billion” for the immediate response to the current situation, it makes me think the politicians need a time out. Time to look at: (1) The National Low-Income Housing Coalition report, … 0

Ruth Jacobson-Hardy: Praises Lynds but questions NHS commitment to videography

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: Congratulations to Kris Lynds for his success in videography and for pursuing his dreams and interests. Hearing about a young adult from Northampton making it big by earning six nominations for a regional Emmy award and a win for outstanding short form editing is heartwarming. It is not easy for young adults to find career paths that allow them to … 0

Johannes Raatz: Vote yes on Question 4 for right to sick time

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: This November, Massachusetts will vote on a ballot initiative which would ensure all workers in our commonwealth have the right to earn sick time. Shockingly, nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing pay and risking the loss of their job. Everyone gets sick. Unfortunately, our economic system is geared to make access to … 0

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Don Schneier: Hobby Lobby stance clearly inconsistent

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Hobby Lobby objects to coverage of contraception, but not to that of either Viagra or vasectomies. Now, I am not sure which theological principle informs their concept of the reproductive process. But a representative of justice who has integrity would spot the inconsistency in it … 0

Laurie Boosahda: Just say no to any new gas pipelines

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Thank you to the organizations that have recently held informative sessions at Greenfield Community College regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline. I strongly encourage everyone to become informed about the plans of the Kinder Morgan company (owned by the former Enron CEO) so that we … 0

J.M. Sorrell: These are very disturbing times in country

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Your large color photo on Page One Monday of the women outside the Supreme Court causes me to feel great sadness and fear. I am trying to imagine a group of men similarly cheering the end of their coverage for impotence drugs or African-Americans cheering … 0

Robin Dizard: Supreme Court rulings are horrible on several levels

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: The 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court Monday permitting employers to dictate which contraceptive methods their employees may use is unjust, unfair, narrow-minded and grossly sectarian. It is unfair, because only women use the birth-control methods (intra-uterine devices and the morning-after pill) which the employers … 2

Michael Lamica: Appalled Northampton board passes buck on crosswalk

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: I was very happy to see it was suggested that putting in a crosswalk honoring the people who serve and have served for this country. I was appalled that the city wants to pass the … 3

Sean Norton: Reader finds letter writer disingenuous

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: A letter in a recent Gazette expresses concern that Northampton’s rainbow crosswalk will harm the gay rights movement. I find this “concern” to be highly disingenuous. Clearly the writer and I disagree about the value of the crosswalk and the process of its creation. That … 0

Steve Dunn: Fleitman’s column so bad reader misses George Will

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: I am glad the Gazette publishes a range of political perspectives, including conservative views not widely heard in our local progressive bubble, but in my opinion Jay Fleitman’s monthly “Right Mind” is a waste of paper and ink. Years ago this paper carried George Will … 3

Henry Lappen: Urges Northampton on tree plantings

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: I write in support of Lilly Lombard and Bill Dwight’s Gazette column, which appeared Monday. Lilly and Bill have laid out a very clear and comprehensive program for shade tree planting in Northampton. I urge the city to join them and get this happening. Tree … 0

John K. Bollard: Threat of tyranny of corporations goes way back

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

To the editor: “Corporations have no souls.” I heard these words on the news in response to this week’s Supreme Court decision about the religious rights of corporations. But I came across that sentence exactly as written, quotation marks and all, neither today nor during the debates that … 1

Jose Gonzalez: Actions, unfortunately, speak louder than words in Amherst

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

To the editor: The recent events at Amherst Regional High School and the unfortunate follow-up response by the local school committee are discouraging situations and cause for concern to those of us who have attempted to solve these … 0