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Bob Cabral: Gazette story about man driving 48 states sent bad message

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: Is driving 48 states in 94 hours really deserving of front-page coverage in the Gazette? Would you feature someone who drove 10,000 consecutive times around the Look Park roundabout? It too would be a first. Squandering energy is simply wrong and the article regarding a resident’s historic feat sends a poor message. Bob Cabral Amherst …

Marianne Preger-Simon: Supports study on death of bee hives, not hopeful of results

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m heartily in favor of a White House task force that will study how to reduce the death of pollinators. However, I have very little hope that pesticides will get much study as a cause of hive death. The corporations that make and sell pesticides, such as Monsanto and Syngenta, have too much lobbying influence in Washington to allow their …

Bonnie Prosciak-Harrison: Upset at theft of wreath from relative’s gravestone

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: When I went to the cemetery on May 22, the wreath that I placed in April on our family stone was securely attached on the cross. Today, after my aunt’s burial, I went to pay respect to my mom, dad and husband and was looking at a gravestone that no longer had the wreath I placed there in April. How …

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Eli Stark: Doctor offered old views on the ‘science of biology’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I was surprised to see a letter about the “science of biology” from a South Hadley doctor in the May 22 Gazette. The doctor’s argument is ignorant and antiquated. The basis of science is that we theorize, test our theories and that nothing is set …

Don Robinson: Debating issues of day remains citizen’s true calling

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ASHFIELD — This is a tale of American democracy at work on two extreme levels. On the first Saturday in May, Town Meeting in Ashfield was asked to decide whether to mount a preschool for all children in the nine-town regional school district of which Ashfield is a …

Editorial: Northampton pool could keep YMCA team in the swim

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

News about the fate of the Hampshire Regional YMCA swim team didn’t emerge until the end of a recent meeting between Y leaders and team parents, further evidence that the organization’s leaders could use a lesson in the importance of clear communication. But when a member of the …

Kurt Heidinger: Reader takes issue with column’s objectivity on GMO labeling

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: In her May 6 guest column in the Gazette’s Viewpoints section, “Will the fight for GMO labeling get the job done?” Elizabeth Vierling confuses the consumer’s right to know what they are buying and thereby investing in, and the job of, as she puts it, …

Rich Cairn: Amherst Town Meeting fails to serve everyone well

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: Amherst Town Meeting ended after seven sessions during which 250 people (including staff) spent 20 hours. That comes to 5,000 hours — or the equivalent of two-and-a-half full-time professionals for a year. Our greatest accomplishment toward the future of a pleasant, diverse, sustainable town was …

Sherry McGuire: Fight against cancer by joining Relay For Life movement

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: What started as one man walking around a track in Tacoma, Washington, 30 years ago this spring has grown into the world’s largest movement to fight back against cancer. Today, more than 4 million people participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events in …

Editorial: Reason must guide shared use of former Northampton State Hospital land

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It’s clear that Northampton has a gem of a property in 282 acres off Burts Pit Road that formerly was part of the state hospital and which, for the past 25 years, has been used both for farming and recreation. That continued shared relationship is now under scrutiny …

J.M. Sorrell: Never more proud to be of Irish heritage

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — Never have I been more proud to be Irish than on May 22. The Irish people — urban and rural alike — voted for marriage equality. In a country where close to 90 percent of the population is Catholic and goes to Mass every Sunday, they …

Barbara Kelly: Reader calls for more info about shake-up at WMUA

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: I join in the calls for the Gazette to dig deeper into how it happened that WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts, fired Max Shea and “re-assigned” Glenn Siegel. It seems the only explanation offered is that it was due to an …

Jennifer Bryan: Amazing.net sign sexualizes a public space

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: On a recent morning I stopped by City Hall in Northampton, visited the planning office and confirmed what I already knew: Amazing.net, the “adult novelty” store on King Street, is in violation of the code intended to prohibit signage that “depicts or describes sexual conduct …