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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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Editorial: Onus on Northampton Housing Authority directors to stabilize organization

Friday, October 2, 2015

Barely two months into her job running the Northampton Housing Authority, Executive Director Cara Clifford had fired employees without giving them due process, run afoul of the state’s Open Meeting Law, negotiated a $70,000 laundry contract in violation of competitive bidding rules and compromised tenant privacy by improperly …

Bill Newman: Innocence lost, decency found — thanks to Yogi Berra

Friday, October 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I miss Yogi Berra. A signed photograph of him, a Father’s Day gift from my wife Dale, hangs on a wall in my office, close to the one of Mickey Mantle, above the one of Bobby …

Tony Redington: Concerns over pedestrian safety at roundabout are unfounded

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: The concern over pedestrian safety at the proposed Amherst roundabout at Triangle and East Pleasant streets must be dismissed. Single-lane roundabouts are safe for walkers. Research shows single-laners reduce pedestrian death rates by about 90 percent, as well as lower the severity of injuries. With …

Rebekah Madera: Northampton School Committee needs Baird’s experience, passion

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Please accept my highest recommendation to elect Tom Baird of 37 Drewsen Drive, in Florence, to the Northampton School Committee (Ward 6). I am a Northampton resident deeply invested in the public schools with a child in them myself. Baird and I taught professionally at …

Edward Keefe: Iron ‘monstrosity’ on courthouse lawn should come down

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hampshire County Courthouse has been refurbished at great expense, I think it is time to remove the large iron monstrosity from the front lawn. It has no historical meaning, and I cannot see where it has artistic value. Edward Keefe Leeds …

Mary L. Wentworth: Columnist should not overlook power of a Sanders campaign

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: In his monthly column on Sept. 21, Don Robinson states flat out that neither Sanders nor Trump can win the White House next year. The arguments that are supposed to close off this possibility for Sanders are the same ones made by the Democratic Party …

STEVE RANDALL and LARRY ELY: The barbarism of global economics

Thursday, October 1, 2015

By 2007, China was responsible for two thirds of the annual increase in global emissions. Some of that was the result of China’s own internal development … But a lot of it was directly tied to foreign trade: according to one study, between 2002 and 2008, 48 percent …

Editorial: Belchertown police chief Francis Fox Jr. leaves without reprimand

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For the second time this year, Francis Fox Jr. is walking away from a conflict without people “making any determination of wrongdoing.” The first time, Fox came out on top. That occurred when a Granby police officer recognized …

Robert Bussewitz: A football loss is disappointing, but certainly not a ‘devastation’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: “Devastation” the Gazette headline says, describing the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team’s defeat at the hands of Temple University? Really? Well, I’m not a Temple fan. In fact I’m a UMass alum (class of 1964). I can image how “broken-hearted” UMass fans were having …

Rich Szlosek: Naming baseball field after Stu Miller a fitting tribute

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: On Sept. 13 the Stu Miller Baseball Field at Veterans’ Memorial Field was officially dedicated and I want to thank the Gazette for its early and strong support for that endeavor. Despite threatening skies, some 60 people showed up for the dedication. Tom Parent, chairman …