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Lynne Weintraub: Backs Berwick for state governor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Who is Don Berwick, and why do I think he should be our next governor? It’s not just that he is the founder and CEO of a non-profit that has saved lives all over the world. Or that he was President Obama’s choice to lead the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (though he was eventually blocked by Republicans because he was too progressive). What really inspires me … 0

Silas Kopf: Why are barrels still only solution at near Pulaski Park

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Some time ago there was a tragic pedestrian fatality on South Street at the crosswalk adjacent to Pulaski Park. But, it was so long ago that I only know that we can measure it in years rather than months. There was a “temporary” fix involving the placement of safety barrels at the crossing spot. As month after month passes this … 1

Jim Olsen: Lots of thanks to spread around for Green River fest

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: This year’s Green River Festival was a huge success, selling out in advance with attendance of over 6,000 per day. All of us at Signature Sounds are so grateful for our supportive community and loyal festival go-ers. This year was Signature’s first year producing the event and it was important that we prove ourselves worthy successors to the Franklin County … 0

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Claudia Lefko: The approval process was circumvented

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: I’m writing — again — about the crosswalk issue. With so many important issues in the city I am annoyed that so much time, energy and ink is being expended on this. Crosswalks are put onto streets for public safety. Montview neighbors approached the DPW … 1

Rutherford H. Platt: Don’t politicize the crosswalk issue

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: Bill Newman’s informative contribution (July 5-6) to the Great Crosswalk Debate implies that the public works “powers that be” have stepped onto a very slippery slope. While Newman believes the city should “allow the crosswalks to be used for expression” subject to neutrality in the … 0

Kelly Norris: Shabazz ‘dedicated, courageous’ leader in Amherst

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: As a member of the newly formed Equity Task Force in Amherst, I feel compelled to put in context recent comments made by our chair, Amilcar Shabazz, and to emphasize the incredibly important and difficult … 3

Richard Hutchinson: Hunters don’t need Sundays to hunting

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Please ask your legislators to vote no on House Bill 4114, which would permit hunting on Sunday in Massachusetts. We don’t need to have hunting on Sunday. It is a day of leisure for most … 3

Dave King: Urges donations to North Amherst Community Farm

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: I recently joined some neighbors and friends at a brunch in town to kick off the Capital Campaign for the North Amherst Community Farm. Through a combination of state, town and other community farms, the Dziekanowski Farm in North Amherst was spared from development and … 0

Don Schneier: Hobby Lobby stance clearly inconsistent

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Hobby Lobby objects to coverage of contraception, but not to that of either Viagra or vasectomies. Now, I am not sure which theological principle informs their concept of the reproductive process. But a representative of justice who has integrity would spot the inconsistency in it … 0

Laurie Boosahda: Just say no to any new gas pipelines

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Thank you to the organizations that have recently held informative sessions at Greenfield Community College regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline. I strongly encourage everyone to become informed about the plans of the Kinder Morgan company (owned by the former Enron CEO) so that we … 0

J.M. Sorrell: These are very disturbing times in country

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Your large color photo on Page One Monday of the women outside the Supreme Court causes me to feel great sadness and fear. I am trying to imagine a group of men similarly cheering the end of their coverage for impotence drugs or African-Americans cheering … 0

Robin Dizard: Supreme Court rulings are horrible on several levels

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: The 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court Monday permitting employers to dictate which contraceptive methods their employees may use is unjust, unfair, narrow-minded and grossly sectarian. It is unfair, because only women use the birth-control methods (intra-uterine devices and the morning-after pill) which the employers … 2

Michael Lamica: Appalled Northampton board passes buck on crosswalk

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: I was very happy to see it was suggested that putting in a crosswalk honoring the people who serve and have served for this country. I was appalled that the city wants to pass the … 3