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Ruth Ever: Plenty of local resources to support healthy youth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the two-page spread in the Sept. 23 Gazette about how informed parents are the best prevention. Parents should also know about the local prevention coalitions that are great resources, in addition to the national online sources you listed. Easthampton, South Hadley, Greenfield, Gill-Montague, Springfield and Northampton all have Drug-Free Communities grants from the federal government and collaborate with community partners to support healthy youth …

Bonnie Prosciak-Harrison: Can’t believe cemetery thieves would stoop so low

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I wrote a letter to the editor at the end of May about the heathens who were stealing flowers and decorations from the gravesites at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton. These vandals have struck again! It is disheartening to know that people in today’s society lower themselves to be dishonest and have no dignity or respect for those who are …

Lawrence Siddall: Amherst planning shake-up could be welcome change

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest the Sept. 24 article about a shake-up in the Amherst Planning Department, in which the department’s new interim director, Christine Brestrup, promises “more outreach to residents.” This is surely good news. I hope that with more community input, ungainly building projects such as the Kendrick Place apartments can be avoided. Clearly this structure is too large …

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Samantha Kramer: Hotel puts profits over lives of employees

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The Hotel Northampton is an example of why unions are still needed. Workers are not treated with respect or dignity. At a place where workers cannot afford the food that they are selling, or the rooms that they are cleaning, there is a problem with …

Lois Barber & Ron Israel: Concern real that Paris climate change pledges are falling short

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — The 21st United Nations sponsored Conference of the Parties will be held in Paris this December. The goal of this gathering, known as COP21, is to produce the first meaningful, legally binding international climate treaty since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Paris may be our last …

Dr. Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Studies shows states jumped gun on medical marijuana

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the question about the effectiveness of medical marijuana raised in a Sept. 15 Gazette article, two medical literature reviews on the subject were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, one by a team of 13 authors in Bristol, England, …

G. Dixon: Lack of parking, filing fees at courthouse outrageous

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: This does indeed stink. Why aren’t Hampshire Superior Court jurors given either an assigned parking space or a day pass? Because it subsidizes the court system? Come on! Do we have one government, or is each a separate fiefdom? Furthermore, isn’t the filing fee for …

Paul Slater: Perhaps Kentucky clerk can cast stones after all

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps we should bear in mind that Kim Davis of Kentucky may be without sin and therefor able to cast stones as she sees fit. Paul Slater Northampton …

Joe Lavallee: Councilors should not have taken sides before union vote

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hotel Northampton vote is over, it seemed wrong for some members of the City Council to openly take sides during this stressful time for all involved. The hotel is a gem in the city and has been a very supportive participant for …

Margaret Miller: Commends young band members for speaking out

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: I am dismayed and disappointed by the conclusion of the Gazette’s Sept. 23 editorial entitled “Battle of words follows battle of teen bands.” The “talented youngsters” and their parents, whom you criticize, did not choose to start a “crusade.” The young women involved sought to …

Editorial: Your donations to United Way improve lives of our Valley neighbors

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The stories told by the United Way of Hampshire County in its annual report are compelling. They are about our neighbors — people struggling with the loss of a job, an illness, or reduced independence that comes with aging — who need a helping hand from the community. …

Janie & Bert Thurber: Fort Hill Brewery neighbors decry mission creep

Sunday, October 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Recent Daily Hampshire Gazette stories and Facebook publicity about the burgeoning brewery business in Easthampton encourage the assumption that these enterprises, whatever their location, enjoy unqualified public endorsement. Not true for householders on Fort Hill Road, neighbors to the brewery of that name. Residents of this …

Hampshire COG responds to state DPU’s denial of electricity aggregation project

Friday, October 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following commentary was written by the elected councilors of the Hampshire Regional Council of Governments. NORTHAMPTON — The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of …