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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 on our flag? I am a veteran of three years in the Army in World War II, so, of course, my own patriotism is unquestionable. I have a white house with blue shutters. Does the presence of red geraniums in my window box brand me as disrespectful to the flag? I wonder what these superpatriots are trying to prove. Curtis Smith South Hadley … 0

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 is, basically, “I will lead by treating the AG office like a Senate seat.” The … 0

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 at face value without understanding the complexity of the situation. Many, both outside and inside … 0

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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

Gerald Triggs: Political contributions should be donated to worthwhile causes

Monday, August 4, 2014

To the editor: Once again there going to be millions of dollars in financial donations. Charlie Baker as of mid July has raised $1,110.687, followed by Steven Grossman $819,012, Martha Coakley $371,210, Donald Berwick $202,182. Also, Baker’s hand-picked running mate Karyn Polito raised $511,000. This is going to … 0

Maxine J. Stein: Good hospice program provides dignity until last breath

Monday, August 4, 2014

To the editor: In response to J.M. Sorrell’s Dignity Project article recently, I am writing to address the Massachusetts hospice movement’s stand and commentary on the Death with Dignity initiative. The goal of hospice is to provide patients with expert care and symptom relief that will help bring … 0

Jim Harvey: Here’s some ‘crazy’ ideas for Mideast crisis

Monday, August 4, 2014

To the editor: It has been said that one form of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If that is true, then the conflict in Gaza is insane. For decades, radical Arabs like Hamas have been shelling Israel and for … 0