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KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz speaks to a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center earlie this month.

Kenneth Dym: Agrees with mayor’s proposal for tree warden

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in support of the Northampton mayor’s proposal to appoint a “Tree Warden” within the Department of Public Works. The City of Northampton needs to invest in our trees, to maintain them in the present and for the future. Nowhere is that more true at Village Hill. Over the next year, with the newest phase of development, approximately 80 new housing units are scheduled to be built which apparently will necessitate the cutting down of literally hundreds of trees, both big and small. Yet the Village Hill by-laws, written and approved by Mass Development, state: all tree removal shall be …

Richard Kofler: Act now to reduce your energy consumption

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: On Oct. 9 the Amherst League of Women Voters sponsored a Forum on Climate Change, moderated by Nancy Eddy with panelists State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, State Rep. Ellen Story, State Rep. Peter Kocot and a representative from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. The forum was well attended and many of the attendees represented a variety of activist groups. The panelists …

Edwin D. Driver: Appreciates editorial on Nobel Peace winner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Concerning “The youngest Nobelist brings wisest world view” Gazette editorial Oct. 15: thank you for your lucid and thoughtful narrative of Malala’s remarkable courage and talent in opposing social barriers to the education of girls and women In South Asia. She lends credence to a motto of Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, “Persevantia Vincit.” Edwin D. Driver South Hadley …

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Sylvia Snape: Vote for Kulik so he can continue his good work

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: We, in the first Franklin district are fortunate to have Steve Kulik as our state representative. Steve has held this seat because he has a consistent record of voting in the House in support of the people in our district. He’s stood for workers rights, …

Elizabeth Silver: She’s voting for Healey, Coakley and against casinos

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: In addition to Maura Healey, on Nov. 4 I’m voting for Martha Coakley and for the casino repeal. Why Coakley? Because I care about how our state serves poor, vulnerable and marginalized people. The governor …

Nancy Natale: Doesn’t agree with Ayvazian on Obama

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in regard to the opinion piece by Andrea Ayvazian published in the Oct. 11-12 issue of the Gazette. I really dislike reading pieces like this, especially from people who say they’ve been big Obama supporters. Even though Ms. Ayvazian admits that President …

David Wojciechowski: Not allowing casinos is quite unkind

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: Casinos have open doors. You can just walk in but you don’t have to. If you are inside and you wish to leave, the door is right there as well. As the law now states you are free to come and go. Certain people want …

Marietta Pritchard: A class reunion worth attending

Friday, October 17, 2014

TO OUR READERS: Starting Nov. 14, Marietta Pritchard’s monthly column moves from the editorial page to a new home in Hampshire Life. AMHERST — I’m not usually enthusiastic about class reunions, and in fact, I’ve managed to avoid all but a few of my own over the years. …

Editorial: Sidewalks of the city: They must be vibrant, but also shared by all

Friday, October 17, 2014

In May 2013, Mayor David J. Narkewicz kicked a hornet’s nest when he ordered the removal of six sidewalk benches on Main Street in Northampton in an effort to curb the loitering and panhandling that some shopkeepers said was hurting business. T he mayor wisely reversed that action …

Ella Smolenski: Voting for Coakley in November election

Friday, October 17, 2014

To the editor: What an exciting opportunity we have to elect Martha Coakley as our next governor. I will be coming out to vote for Martha because I am very impressed with her mental health care plan. Please take the time to go to her website and read …

Editorial: Amherst College digs in to fight campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst College students, faculty and administrators made a visible statement last week that they back President Barack Obama’s push to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. It isn’t academic. This problem is real, local and urgent. Hundreds donned …

Beth Choquette, Mandy Gerry & Michaela O’Brien: The making of a playground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Bridge Street School started the year last month with a lot to be excited about: new staff, reinvigorated district leadership under our Superintendent John Provost and Chromebooks for students to share and learn basic computing …

Lois Ahrens: Protests over Ferguson outrage have not abated

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I support the conclusion of your Oct. 13 editorial, “The people are not the enemy.” However, I question certain statements you make including this one: “While the Ferguson protests have quieted ...” As your editorial was being written thousands of people — the majority of …