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Janet E. Aalfs: Thanks Gazette for uplifting editorial on Yousafzai

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your uplifting editorial Oct. 15 about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who continues to show the world how one courageous voice can affect widespread collective action and accomplish positive change. As the author Toni Morrison has said, “The function of freedom is to free somebody else.” Malala’s energy has inspired us locally through a poetry and movement group I’ve worked with at Girls …

Robert Greeney: It’s time for Amherst to create ‘pedestrian spaces’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: A recent public forum on parking in Amherst elicited a variety of opinions and comments. I would like to offer two items for consideration in our planning for future parking options for Amherst, parking sprawl and pedestrian spaces. In Amherst the term sprawl is often used and widely considered undesirable. I have never heard the term used for parking. I …

Mike Galusza: Saddened by the loss of Dan Yacuzzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Dan Yacuzzo was the best man at my wedding. Dan handled that challenge like I know he handled so many others: with passion, creativity and enthusiasm. Dan and I worked together and were the best of friends. I am truly saddened that Northampton has been deprived of a wonderful human …

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Editorial: Is orange the new black and blue? Visitors hijack a pumpkin festival

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New England town. Check. Party with a color theme. Check. Police officers suited up for trouble and toting tear gas. Check. And later, resolutions of “never again.” Check. Residents of Amherst no doubt suffered a few flashbacks to the Blarney Blowout as they followed news of last weekend’s …

Editorial: A new cheerleader for Easthampton business success

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The new leader settling in with the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce brings a fresh perspective to an age-old mission: finding small business success. Easthampton’s merchants, artists and entrepreneurs continue to fuel its steady transformation from mill town. …

Bruce Watson: A handy guide for disgusted voters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LEVERETT — With another damn election coming up — on a Tuesday again, like who has any free time on Tuesday? — your League of Disgusted Voters has no choice but to offer another damn voting guide. I mean, it’s not like other countries are stupid, right? Some …

Editorial: Ugly messages on UMass campus reveal an everyday racism

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Wednesday, everyone connected with the University of Massachusetts Amherst had to accept that it is a place where a student can come home to a message of hate. But it is also a place, it is important …

Robert A. Jonas: A priest who deserved ‘boundless love’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As I read about the extraordinary spiritual vision of Pope Francis, and reflect on the impact of the synod of bishops at the Vatican, the face of my friend and mentor, Fr. Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), comes to mind. Henri was a Dutch priest, born to a …

Alice Swift: Wants Amherst voters to approve two local questions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Many voters in Amherst are probably not aware of two local questions on the ballot on Nov. 4 in addition to the four statewide questions described in the red booklet sent to voters by the Secretary of State. Question 5 would raise the Community Preservation …

Joe Leahy: Setting the record straight on gaming law

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: In response to the anti-casino letter published Oct. 11, I am adding a few facts that were missing. Question 3 on the ballot is an attempt to repeal the state gaming law. Repealing a job-creating law makes no sense to me. The gaming law allows …

Carter Wall: Lists just some of Kulik’s accomplishments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Rep. Steve Kulik is running for re-election to the First Franklin district, and this is a good time to reflect on his accomplishments in office and thank him for everything he’s done for agriculture and our local economy. He has been a good friend to …

Mary Olberding: Says Coakley has right leadership qualities

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Martha Coakley has the demonstrated leadership we need in our next governor. Coakley was the first state attorney general in the country to challenge DOMA before the Supreme Court. In 2009, she recognized that hundreds of federal benefits were still out of reach, including Social …

Nicole Letourneau: Supports State Rep. Kulik to go back to House

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: On Nov. 4, I hope voters in the First Franklin District will vote for Steve Kulik. He has been working hard for those 19 towns since 1993, and I have known him since 1994. I spoke with him at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield a …