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Albert ten Cate: Why isn’t NRA declared a terrorist organization?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I need to respond to the April 16 letter writer of “Owning a gun for self protection.” It’s all very well to say that the right to carry a gun was laid down by the founding fathers, but these people were carrying guns that could deliver one bullet at the time and then you had to clean, reload and you could shoot again after about five minutes. … 1

Kate Collins: How come nobody will take my speech as payment?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I’m not ordinarily one of those glass-half-full people, but the day after the Supreme Court’s decision on campaign finance, I decided to look for a silver lining. I thought how — if speech is the same as money — I might improve my life, since I’m really good at speaking. So I did a little experiment here in Northampton to … 3

Linda McCullough Moore: The directives for humanity as laid down by Klate

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I must admit to being a tiny bit baffled when it comes to following the directives for humanity laid down by columnist Jonathan Klate, though he writes with the certitude of Michele Bachmann, neither averse to sharing their reality, in no uncertain terms. It is bracing, Klate’s dispensing in one fell swoop with any historical foundation of Judeo-Christianity (“Fact-checking our … 0

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Interesting questions - ones that will not have easy answers. The eminent domain case cited above was also interesting, causing much controversy....(full comment)

Don Robinson: What’s at stake in pipeline proposal

Interesting questions - ones that will not have easy answers. The eminent domain case cited above was also interesting, causing much controversy....(full comment)

Don Robinson: What’s at stake in pipeline proposal

C. J. Doyle: Don’t force parade to host message it disagrees with

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette’s March 22 editorial on the Boston and Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day parades, which quoted part of our news release, the Gazette argued that not every group which marches in these parades is there to promote Irish culture, but are willing to “support, … 0

Gail Fries: Local Parent Aid volunteers sought

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: If you would like to volunteer to do something meaningful, consider this: when you help a struggling parent, you help the whole family. For more than 30 years, the Parent Aide Volunteer Program in Hadley, a program of Berkshire Children and Families, has provided local … 0

Paul Lyons: Forest Watch message increasingly discounted

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Your recent editorial about logging on Northampton’s watershed lands provides yet another important voice of reason regarding the appropriate use of our precious natural resources. Real conservationists have long known that our forests can be both used and protected — one doesn’t preclude the other. … 0

Dan Clawson: Northampton has a problem with management

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Northampton has a management problem. The mayor, the City Council, and the Department of Public Works seem to have trouble setting priorities. Potholes are a menace to property, but more important to life. I’m one of the lucky ones who has managed to avoid damage … 0

Tina Daponde: S. Hadley school group applauds Jay Patruno

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: The South Hadley Educational Association believes strongly in partnering with our district administration and our community in creating the best possible schools for our students; as educators, all of our efforts in the current negotiation process are geared toward that end. While we appreciate our … 0

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Regarding the recent Supreme Court political campaign contributions decision, I would appreciate assistance from conservatives and originalists considerate enough to direct me to the clauses in the Constitution that define speech as money and further … 17

Viewpoints: Gazette readers sound off on the struggle over school resources

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting for ‘robust’ investment in Easthampton’s schools I have lived in Easthampton more than a decade, watching with pride as it has bloomed as a cultural destination and a small business incubator. As a parent with two young … 2

Gloria Boudreau: How about not having all-freshman dorms at UMass?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: I agree with the March 29 letter writer’s comments and suggestions regarding drinking-related problems with UMass students, especially the school’s nationwide reputation as a “party school.” I don’t know how you can get rid of that disgraceful designation. I’d like to add another comment made … 0

Stephanie Pick: Aging parents letter shows lack of understanding

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: Big decisions are hard enough without someone else making gross generalizations with disrespect and lack of empathy. I am referring to the March 18 column in which the writer purports that the only good option … 9

J.M. Sorrell: Raises questions about caring for aging parents

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: Peter Smolenski makes interesting points in his March 18 column about caring for aging parents at home. In my position as an advocate for residents of nursing homes and rest homes, I often work with staff and families to create a safe discharge plan to … 6