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Jim Harvey: Praise for Amherst medical practice staff

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: I wish to add my voice to those in praise of Dr. Anne Weaver and her staff in Amherst. My mother was her patient during the last decade of her life, and indeed was lovingly and competently cared for. The Amherst Family Practice staff, headed by Valerie Loiko, played an important role in providing humane and personal care. Sadly, they have not been retained in the merger …

Anneke Corbett: Doubts about safety of oil drilling in Arctic

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, a region that’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, worries me because millions of people live in the Arctic, where the vital ecosystem has provided subsistence for generations and is home to vulnerable wildlife, like polar bears and whales, whose habitat could be devastated by a spill. President Obama’s …

Ralph Dolan: Solitary confinement a rule in land of the SuperMax prison

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Why does America keep so many human beings in solitary confinement? The phenomenon must be seen in its broader context. The collective will of America is violent and punishing. So systemic is the violence and punishing that the practice has taken on a life of its own. Thus, we continue keeping human beings in solitary confinement even though the majority …

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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. …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Fee for carbon use spreads responsibility across economy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for your excellent Aug. 20 editorial supporting the EPA’s clean power plan to cut power plant emissions. It’s a great plan, as far as it is able to go. As your editorial notes, emissions cuts will have to be sharper and the rest …

Matt Levin: Bernie Sanders goes beyond campaign theatrics

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Thinking about the Republican Party debate on Fox News, it seems as though candidates were picked and prepped not to answer “Who will be our best president” so much as “Who will make the best show?” — who will get the network the highest ratings? …

Dan and Angela Boyle: Universal access programs at state parks are first rate

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program. The program is committed to providing outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities. Accessibility to the state parks is achieved through site improvements, …