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Marlene Marrocco: Why can’t we find more non-politicians to serve in office?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: It would be nice to have a non-politician in office for a change. A business person, someone who sees beyond the “game” and might be able to get things done for Massachusetts and the country. A fresh voice, a fresh perspective and a clean slate. But then, I think of the reality of the situation. Can someone with no political clout really have a voice in Boston? …

Sherry Wilson: Public needs help in halting harassing phone calls

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: What ever happened to “Do Not Call” registries? For years I have been on the federal and state registries to prevent commercial enterprises from trying to sell their unwanted wares to me on the telephone. Charities, political parties and businesses such as your own bank can still legitimately call you. However, I have been plagued with calls from someone named …

Becky Reid: Goodell fails to uphold right standards for NFL

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s aloofness and inability or refusal to follow up on a grave situation involving off-field violence by players reeks of Joe Paterno. The old saying of “knew or should have known” applies of course, but what makes Goodell look like a complete fool is the fact that he was not pursuing, seemingly at all, the total package …

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

Kathleen Daly & Julie Kurose: Northampton should extend moratorium on certain development

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: We are a group of concerned neighbors residing in Wards 3 and 4 of Northampton who have formed an ad hoc committee to build awareness on a zoning issue mentioned in the Gazette this past spring (“As moratorium nears end, Northampton eyes new residential zoning …

Joel Spiro: Gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick is right choice, not only for Massachusetts

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: If not now, when? If not Massachusetts, where? Don Berwick is the only Democratic candidate for governor with the progressive values, proven national leadership and executive skills to tackle the critical issues facing the Commonwealth and the country. A large majority of Americans believe the … 2

John Bonifaz: The everyday magic that librarians perform

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: My daughter Marisol and I attended the North Amherst Library’s celebration Aug. 22 of the North Amherst Reading Club, which was held at the Mill River park. Each child who was a member of the club and had read at least 10 books this summer …

Nan Clark: Ox teamsters event not just for the menfolk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: The crew responsible for the Ox Teamster’s Challenge at the Cummington Fair really appreciates the educational article featured in Monday’s Gazette. It is important to add that the competition is not just for men and …

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