From Our Readers: My trip to Westfield was awesome; More ways to volunteer
Jan18

From Our Readers: My trip to Westfield was awesome; More ways to volunteer

Many ways to volunteer I read your article about volunteering, “Giving Back” (Dec. 24-30, 2015), and I was a little irritated. Why is it that when someone says “volunteer,” the focus immediately goes to homeless/food banks/shelters. There are other organizations that need your help. The better approach to finding a meaningful volunteer experience is to first determine what interests you and where your talents lie. For example, as a...

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From Our Readers: Halos and Horns, you’re doing it wrong
Jan11

From Our Readers: Halos and Horns, you’re doing it wrong

Halos and Horns: You’re doing it wrong Editor’s note: One Dec. 31, 2015, the Advocate came out with its annual Halos and Horns, an edition dedicated to skewering and praising the people, places, things, and events of 2015. Here’s some reader reaction: Responding to horns for Candidate Sarno: The harsh reality is that [Springfield Mayor Domenic] Sarno was reelected on his record, news coverage, and advertising. Everyone else pandered...

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From Our Readers: Voting on holiday, Democrats will do more harm to drug laws
Dec28

From Our Readers: Voting on holiday, Democrats will do more harm to drug laws

Voting on holiday Your recent column (“U.S. to blame: Government at fault for low voter turnout,” Nov. 26, 2015) about the lack of voter turnout missed, I think, an answer. Make Nov. 4 a federal holiday. Democracy, anyone? Michael D. Joyce Wendell Democrats will do more damage to drug laws In her letter to the editor, (“‘Treat and street’ is no way to treat addicts” Dec. 17-23, 2015) Charlotte Burns seems to be blaming the Libertarian...

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From Our Readers: ‘treat and street’ is beat, Brownies is badge of honor, and more Chicopee love
Dec14

From Our Readers: ‘treat and street’ is beat, Brownies is badge of honor, and more Chicopee love

‘Treat and street’ is no way to help addicts There’s much talk lately about the serious drug problems in Massachusetts. Having witnessed the struggles of friends with the system I have some strong opinions on the subject. Firstly, I could never fathom why drug addiction was ever treated as a crime. What good is jailing people for what looks to me like a mental illness? Dr. Gabor Mate, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, attributes it to...

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From Our Readers: Missed connections, disenfranchised republicans and anti-poor
Dec07

From Our Readers: Missed connections, disenfranchised republicans and anti-poor

Missed connection in Paris Before the horrendous Paris attacks happened, before we were shocked once again by the brutality and scale of modern day terrorism, there was another story that came out. CNN as well as ABC News reported that a U.S. drone strike had possibly killed Jihadi John. Since the initial report U.S. officials have confirmed he is indeed dead. For those who don’t know the recently deceased by name, you may know him by...

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