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Michael Seward: Financing of Eric Lesser’s state Senate campaign did not get attention it needed

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: Eric Lesser’s victory in the Democratic primary for the First Hampden-Hampshire State Senate District was a bad day for democracy and demonstrated the failure of the press to adequately inform the electorate. Despite spending more than three times as much as the candidate he narrowly defeated, Lesser garnered only a couple hundred more votes than his closest opponent. According to The Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political …

James B. Winston: Memorial a fitting tribute to those who made downtown Northampton strong

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: The Eva Trager Memorial, located on Main Street in downtown Northampton, recognizes citizens who have made a significant impact on the vitality of downtown Northampton. On a recent Friday, six people — Al August & family, Christina Cavallari, Bill Nagle, Kay Sheehan, Norman Winston and Stanley Zewski — joined the names of the previous honorees, Bashir Ahamed, David Bourbeau, E. …

Tom McBride: Opponents of The Retreat did not serve Amherst’s interests

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: There was nothing honorable about what those who fought The Retreat development in North Amherst did. I’m a believer in a free-market system which 20th century economist Milton Friedman was an advocate of. You can micromanage economic development, but this is swimming upstream. Friedman believed that commerce was an exchange between parties who had come to a mutual agreement. We’re …

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Dennis Helmus: Tree canopy, green spaces would suffer under Northampton’s ‘infill’ proposal

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your editorial Sept. 2 supporting the importance of an urban tree canopy and noting the loss of 500 public shade trees and calling upon the city of Northampton to “preserve and protect its tree canopy and waste no time doing so.” As …

Editorial: AG’s lawsuit puts $342,639 price on Ryder’s betrayal of consumers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

More than five dozen people who lost roughly $342,000 paid in advance for services with the now-closed Ryder Funeral Home have reason to hope they may see at least some of their money. The state attorney general’s office …

Marietta Pritchard: More than meets eye, sometimes, in a classified ad

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — It’s an old habit from working at a newspaper, looking at the classified ads in search of a possible story. The suggestion came early in my career from a much more experienced editor, who knew that within the cryptic prose of an ad there was often …

Karl W. Ryavec: ISIS problem just part of larger crisis in Mideast

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: The decision to attack ISIS was made under the pressure of a mass feeling that ISIS must be punished for its execution of two Americans. If the attacks continue for a prolonged period several problems arise: constitutionality of the action; the attacks helping enemies of …

Jonathan Kahane: A walker’s lessons along the Northampton bike path

Friday, September 19, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Much to my wonderment and occasional dismay, I have become a “regular walker” on the bike path in Easthampton as part of my daily exercise regimen. I surely have seen every possible form of human-propelled non-motorized …

Editorial: Fix for ‘Blowout’ demands determined follow-through

Friday, September 19, 2014

Driven by memories of mayhem, a special report ordered up by the University of Massachusetts calls on the school to confront its failure to control student alcohol abuse. UMass must move swiftly on multiple fronts, it says, including …

Mitchell Sieser: Setting the Obama record straight on ISIS

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: An Associated Press writer’s depiction of Obama’s Middle East policies, (“Obama orders bombing in Syria,” Sept. 11) bares no resemblance to historical reality: “While in office, he has steadfastly sought to wind down American military campaigns in the Middle East and avoid new wars — …

Bernie Bachand: What’s wrong with bad-mannered bicyclists?

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: I fully agree with recent letter-writers about bicyclists and their road habits. At times I have encountered as many as three and four abreast in the road, and they don’t even move for my pick-up. I think they are supposed to ride in file on …

Alex Kent: Sorry state of affairs in political campaigns

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: Should we concern ourselves about the souls of the super-rich (Andrea Ayvazian, Sept.13 column)? It’s a pastor’s job to tend to people’s souls, but as an American citizen, I am much more worried about how the much-too-rich spend their money in the political arena. Yes: …

Dick Bentley: Amherst lacking committee on architectural design

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: Most residents of Amherst are aware of a new building behind Judie’s Restaurant. Some call it “the cube” others call it “the refrigerator.” It was built by the same developer and architect as the impending Kendrick Place and the proposed “The Dormitory” (Carriage Shops) nearby. …