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Lawrence Siddall: What has happened to phrase ‘You’re welcome’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: I am sure you have noticed, as I have, that over the past several years more people are saying “Thank you” in response to a “Thank you.” This is especially evident in radio and television interviews. Even interviewees from around the world have been caught up in it as well. One reaction I have to this current linguistic shift is annoyance. To my ear it sounds silly …

Lilly Lombard: Volunteers help Northampton find some blessed ‘re-leaf’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: This October, 73 citizen volunteers — over a third of whom were ​children and teens — joined Northampton’s ambitious effort to reverse decades of public tree canopy decline by planting 80 street trees. This is nearly triple the number of trees the city has historically planted in a year. And here’s the exciting part: Many who signed up to help …

Perplexed by calls to hire based on race or gender

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: Recently, you had a reader write in and state that the new town manager of Amherst “should be a woman or person of color.” I’m confused, isn’t hiring someone because of their skin color racism? Isn’t not hiring someone because of their sex, sexism? The inconsistency and double standards of liberals is unbelievable. John Ortiz Sunderland …

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Rosie Haynes: On the Smith College sit-in: Only free speech opens minds

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last Wednesday, I joined over 200 students, faculty and members of the community gathered in the Smith College campus center in the sit-in organized in solidarity with the victims of racism at the University of Missouri. I, a Northampton High School senior, came not only as …

Jim Foudy: Half a loaf on needs public records law reform in Massachusetts

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts took a couple steps forward this week toward reform of the state’s Public Records Law, considered one of the weakest in the country. They were better than baby steps, but not the giant ones many advocates wanted. The law is a vital tool for transparency …

Jonathan Wright: How about a ‘co-PILOT’ program instead?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I have mixed feelings and misgivings about the PILOT program as proposed for Northampton. There is every danger that as this in instituted Smith College and others may reduce their other commitments, which are crucial to community connection and to the nonprofit sector. It appears this …

Nat Reade: How Smith College can be a better ‘good neighbor’

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I read Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s essay in the Gazette Nov. 6, I was encouraged by one line: “We pride ourselves on being good neighbors.” In many ways, this is already the case. Smith’s presence in Northampton allows us to walk through beautiful gardens, …

Joseph Tarantino: The ‘Narkewicz Effect’ — if nonprofits have money, liberals want it

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After listening to Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s advocacy for his proposed PILOT program, I have one suggestion: He should resign and leave the job of mayor to someone better able to hold the office without embarrassing the city or himself. It is just appalling that community …

Letters on Northampton’s proposed PILOT program

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We can do better than a PILOT program To the editor: I am becoming increasingly distressed about the mayor’s proposed PILOT program for nonprofits. It seems that economic responsibility is at the root of an argument for taxation that boils down to a simple premise: A nonprofit that …

Kevin Lake: Whether to approve PILOT? That’s wrong question

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After attending one of the Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s community meetings about his proposed PILOT program and reading what I can find about it, I wrote the mayor and the members of the City Council to …

Editorial: Tradition no reason to preserve misguided honor for Lord Jeffery Amherst

Thursday, November 19, 2015

History will sit heavily on the agenda when Amherst College trustees next meet. Nearly two centuries after the school took the name of Lord Jeffery Amherst, its students are renewing arguments that this 18th century English military leader should be repudiated for his attitudes toward native people. In …

Tom Weiner: Young women at Northampton High help lead the way on gender attitudes

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Our community should be grateful to the members of the Northampton Key Club who rallied and marched Oct. 28 in support of a safe, harassment-free community. Many young women in our community are routinely mistreated in the form of catcalls and other demeaning behaviors by some …

Kate Gehling: Net metering caps threaten to stall solar development

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I was happy to read your article about the demonstration of solar power installation in Plainfield. It is exciting to see residents taking advantage of opportunities that will make Massachusetts a clean energy leader. Caps on net metering, a program that buys back unused energy …