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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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Robert Erwin: Artist’s beef with conservation area upkeep questionable

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To the editor: David Ziomek, the assistant town manager in Amherst, is too polite to say so. Yet artist Lorna Ritz appears to be a species-ist, based on her recent columns in the Gazette and Amherst Bulletin about the state of overgrown vegetation at the Mt. Pollux Conservation …

Douglas Cooley: Flag display belongs at Easthampton pond

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To the editor: Leave the flag display at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton. It is not hurting anyone. Why remove it? I have read several letters about this in the Gazette, some claiming the flag should come down. Leave it alone and let it stay there. I don’t think …

Bernice Andrus: Northampton Housing Authority firings are unconscionable

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To the editor: Having read the article referring to the firing of Northampton Housing Authority employees, I looked on with disgust and dismay! To treat loyal, good and long-time employees in such a brutal fashion was unconscionable. There were many other alternatives and options that leaders of the …

Jeff Krauth: Let your highest ideals lead you to Sanders campaign

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To The editor: I have voted in 11 presidential campaigns, but never in my years of voting have I been as aligned with a candidate’s position as directly as I am with those of Sen. Bernie Sanders. He represents the best and highest aspirations and values that our …

John Donahoe: Why a medical expert is warning about marijuana legalization

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts may place a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot next year. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, has described the following findings on the effects of marijuana. Marijuana use among high school seniors is increasing …

Mark Kertzman: Editorial in Gazette right about climate change challenge

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to the Gazette’s editorial, “Obama’s clean power plan takes aim at climate change” (Aug. 12). I would like to thank the writer for a thoughtful account of the president’s plan to cut emissions. It was also mentioned that while this …

Pat Kennedy: Consider the human costs of hydro power from Quebec

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: One issue not raised by the AP article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (“NE covets Canada’s hydropower,” Aug. 3) is the effect the building of new dams and hydroelectric power plants will have on the First Nations people, specifically the Cree, in the James Bay …

Kathleen Brown: Congress should help protect retirement savings

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: I have worked hard my whole life to save for retirement, and I should be able to trust that my financial adviser is looking out for my best interests — and not just their bottom line. Right now, a loophole in the law allows some …

Lawrence Tucker: Why must Iraq continue to endure such violence?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Recent news articles have revealed that the U.S. military, in the campaign against ISIS, is still bombing the sovereign nation of Iraq. In fact, the U.S. military has been bombing Iraq steadily since 1991. It is, however, alarming that the frequency of bombings has increased. …