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Ginny Curtis: Gazette made right call to report on Confederate flag display

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Gazette editors were recently chastised by a Sunderland reader (“Too much attention to Williamsburg flag display”) for “putting those people in the spotlight,” forgetting “to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown” and requested that they exercise “better judgement in the future.” I applaud the editors for drawing attention to the well disguised racism in our “Happy Valley” (population 161,000 and only …

Edward Golding: Cost-effectiveness vital in tackling supposed risks

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: The recent article about the tight restrictions on the use of fryolators at the Taste of Amherst struck a chord. Again and again in recent years, it has seemed to me that Massachusetts has struggled to find a good balance between safety and risk, and cost and benefit. Not long ago, I heard a building inspector talk about expensive new …

Noreen Beebe: Student’s death highlights risk of side effects in birth control pills

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young women or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is. Many people view birth control pills as safe and effective, never thinking about possible side effects. If you know a young woman or teen on birth control, inform her of the side effects. An article in the Gazette …

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Mary Hall: Mysteries of former funeral home director William Ryder’s downfall

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: My acquaintance with William Ryder is limited to one encounter, when I met with him after having a loved one’s body being sent to his funeral home, which was locally owned. I did not know, at that time, that troubles were beginning in his not …

John Ferranti: Wanted more financial detail on Southampton ballot

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: The Southampton Select Board moved very quickly after the May 19 Town Meeting’s rejection of the Public Safety Complex Debt Exclusion proposal by posting the same issue on Thursday’s ballot as Proposition 2½ overrides. The debt exclusion on the Town Meeting warrant was clearly proposed …

Joseph Blumenthal: Another Massachusetts point of pride from 1972

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: Stan Rosenberg left out one very important point of pride in his guest column about our state’s role in leading our nation: We were the only state that didn’t fall for Richard Nixon in 1972. Joseph Blumenthal Northampton …

Anita Page: A birthday all should celebrate: Medicare is turning 50

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: July has always been my favorite month, not just because of July 4th, strawberries and corn, but because it is my birthday month. Now, it is even more special because it is the 50th anniversary of Medicare on July 30. Medicare is a landmark federal …

Jennifer Lee: Rights of disabled parents must be safeguarded

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

To the editor: Parents with disabilities are far more likely than other parents to lose custody of their children, as well as their parental rights, during juvenile court proceedings. Despite abundant case law and anti-discrimination statutes, disabled parents still suffer from discrimination based on presumptions that having a …

Dr. Robert M. Abrams: Spanking a child may sow seeds of violence

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision allowing a parent to spank his or her child, I would suggest a kinder, more positive way to discipline a child without inflicting physical pain. The strategy, which has been viewed as a “public service promotion” on …

Lisa Revaz: Long may banner wave over Easthampton pond

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

To the editor: In response to the letters that suggest moving the Nashawannuck Pond flag: Anyone can hang a flag on a pole in town, and I thank them for doing so. Our Easthampton pond flag is perfectly placed below our beautiful mountain. It reflects magnificently off the …

Larry Ely: Let’s get serious now about walking, biking to protect climate

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

To the editor: We’ve been redeveloping our towns with “business as usual planning” that is too insubstantial to address potentially civilization-destroying climate change. We keep making towns for cars instead of for walking and biking, thus putting more cars on the road. But transportation is 25 percent of …

Sid Moss: Many benefits likely from postal banking system

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

To the editor: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is again calling for postal banking in U.S. Post Offices to help 68 million Americans who have no banking or savings accounts. She was responding to a recent report from the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Services that seeks to expand …

Joanne Kovalski: Flag helps make pond scenery all the more beautiful

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

To the editor: I’ve been reading the letters regarding the American flag over Nashawannuck Pond. To many United States veterans and American citizens, the American flag symbolizes everything from freedom to pride. Let’s not forget that. I’m a senior citizen and have lived in Easthampton most of my …