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Selena Kerr: Some suggestions on the immigration crisis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: We all feel endless compassion for the poor people (especially )children who come to our border for a better life. But here’s the bad news. We are out of money. When I see “three and a half billion” for the immediate response to the current situation, it makes me think the politicians need a time out. Time to look at: (1) The National Low-Income Housing Coalition report, … 0

Ruth Jacobson-Hardy: Praises Lynds but questions NHS commitment to videography

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: Congratulations to Kris Lynds for his success in videography and for pursuing his dreams and interests. Hearing about a young adult from Northampton making it big by earning six nominations for a regional Emmy award and a win for outstanding short form editing is heartwarming. It is not easy for young adults to find career paths that allow them to … 0

Johannes Raatz: Vote yes on Question 4 for right to sick time

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: This November, Massachusetts will vote on a ballot initiative which would ensure all workers in our commonwealth have the right to earn sick time. Shockingly, nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing pay and risking the loss of their job. Everyone gets sick. Unfortunately, our economic system is geared to make access to … 0

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John Howard: Now is the time to think about buying electric car

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: Now is the time to buy an electric car. With the new state point of sale rebate of up to $2,500, the IRS tax break of up to $7,500 and the price drop of $5,000 on several electric cars (EV), a Massachusetts resident can own … 0

Fran Taylor: Obama must bring Marine home from Mexico

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: On this past Independence Day, I was watching a story about a U.S. Marine held in Mexico and physically abused by Mexican prison guards. He made a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico by accident, carrying his legally owned guns in his car. It … 0

Kate Queeney: Bicycle rider praises those who helped

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: This past weekend I had a bike accident in North Amherst when part of my bike frame suddenly broke under me. I want to thank everyone on the scene who helped me: the two motorcyclists who helped get me and the pieces of my bike … 0

Editorial: Amid Amherst conflict, proper goal is healing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We read through reporter Scott Merzbach’s story about an unusual Monday meeting in Amherst noticing first the things people disagree about. Later, we searched his account of the Amherst Regional School Committee meeting for points of agreement. We … 0

Mary Cooley: Northampton DPW needs to refresh crosswalks

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: When is the Northampton Department of Public Works going to buy some white paint and paint the city’s faded crosswalks, which are a hazard to both drivers and pedestrians? It is time they did their job and stopped trying to make a fashion statement! Mary … 0

Anne Monahan: Southampton has spoken on local tax matters

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: The failure of the Southampton override should come as no surprise. In a Gazette article, one resident suggested, “People are frightened to see their taxes go up.” Yes, families have had to get by on less and less over the years. Many are on fixed … 1

Ed Weisman: Gazette article on Eric Suher’s properties mired in innuendo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette has a great track record of bringing local news into crystal-clear focus. From the Proposition 2½ override in Northampton to the controversy about the rainbow crosswalk, I rely on the Gazette for detailed explanations of local issues. But the July 3 story “Sidelined … 0

Mark Sienkiewicz: Delayed I-91 repair work frustrating

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: When can we believe Massachusetts Department of Transportation? The on-ramp for northbound I-91 traffic at Exit 18 has been closed for over a month. At first, they thought it would take a month to fix. Then we didn’t hear anything. Finally after I wrote to … 0

Joseph Tarantino: Government ‘security blanket’ feels oppressive

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: “The folks who rant about government tyranny confuse me.” So admits John Sheirer in his latest Gazette column July 14, a column that begins by invoking the July 4 holiday no less. Apparently the values of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers … 0

Charles LaPiene: Liberal reaction to Hobby Lobby 'hysterical' 'Why place the burden on me for their choice?

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: Readers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette who moaned and groaned piously at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision should think about their hysterical reaction. To imply, as they have done, that the decision is “really … 14