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Cynthia Clayton Parent: End-of-life decisions must not be compromised

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: I write in response to your recent headline: “On her terms: Lee Hawkins dies peacefully — as planned — in Northampton home at 90.” Many people will agree that the “as planned” is a great step forward in exercising our individual rights as Americans. However, death by starvation and the lack of water is not the happy and “peaceful” end we seek even if we thought we …

Arielle Ortiz: CASA volunteers make a difference in children’s lives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced in a short life. These moves can mean changing schools and leaving a town that feels familiar and the only family you know. It means being shuffled around an overburdened child welfare system with little …

Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by Landmark Properties. Not one individual from the town testified at public hearings in its support. …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

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 … 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 … 3

Curtis Smith: A patriot suggests that colors are sometimes only that

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I am wondering about the spate of letters decrying the use of red, white and blue colors as being disrespectful to our flag. Does patriotism prohibit the use of these colors in any way except …

Bob Armstrong: Healey has needed experience in AG’s office

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: When voters look at the candidates for attorney general, they see a politician running against an experienced litigator. While Warren Tolman is not a bad guy, he is running as a state senator with no experience with the position he is seeking. His campaign message …

Ruth Smith: It is up to Hamas to renounce violence

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: Many of us who support Israel bemoan the loss of innocent lives in Gaza as well as in Israel, be they many or few. Many protesters take the media comments and images from the conflict …

Ronald Hodges: Crosswalks could bear official seals of military branches

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I have a suggestion that may help resolve the controversy over the patriotic-themed sidewalk crossing proposed for Main Street in Northampton. Some veterans have expressed concern that using the red, white and blue colors of the American flag is disrespectful. My recommendation would be to … 1

Rosemarie Clark: Stop Israel’s repression, violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I am outraged by the number of deaths in Palestine, most of them civilians and children. I ask, “Has the media been biased?” Every time there is a protest, Palestinians are deemed terrorists by the media. One third of their hospitals have been demolished. Families …

Bonnie MacCracken: Treasurer candidate Tom Conroy wants to fight climate change

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Tom Conroy, candidate for state treasurer, will have my vote in the Democratic primary Sept. 9. My decision is based on bold actions he has taken to advocate for a flexible and progressive carbon tax …

Andrew Larkin, M.D.: Don Berwick’s progressivism is right for our times

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick Is running for governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat. He is the only candidate who has stated he is a progressive. Seventy percent of Americans support a progressive agenda. When he talks it …

Lynn Griesemer: Tini Sawicki of Amherst had will to live, desire to give

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Tini Sawicki’s life will be remembered by many far into the future. For people, especially women, who are diagnosed with breast cancer, Tini was the president of the club, and she will remain on the emeritus list forever. She faced cancer as a patient willing …