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Cowls barn worth saving

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst should save from demolition the Cowls barn, one of the earliest, most important and handsome barns in our town. We should also impose a demolition delay in order to study all possible options for its restoration and repair. The Historical Commission is set to consider the fate of the barn at its 7:30 p.m. meeting today. At last spring’s Town Meeting, the commission took a commanding position in defining … 0

Bring back local seafood

Monday, July 21, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. It gets fishier still: While the majority of the seafood Americans eat is foreign, a … 0

At last, sweet changes for Pulaski Park

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Friday afternoon, Northampton’s Pulaski Park looked like an OK place to be. A young couple sat on the grass in a shady spot under a tree. Two little kids zoomed down a slide, while a young woman, seated on a nearby bench, chatted on her phone. A smattering of people crisscrossed the park, either on their way into town or out. But … 0

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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

William Jastromb: Uninformed voters a threat to America’s future

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: One debate raging in the U.S. is a joy to witness. No, it is not the debate between the progressive and liberal Democratic Party and the do-nothing and know-nothing Republican Party. The debate is between the Republican Party and the tea party as respective political … 3

Jay Fleitman: Columnist responds to letter about IRS investigation

Monday, July 14, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a response by Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman to the writer of a recent letter. The letter-writer took issue with a July 1 column by Fleitman about the investigation into Lois Lerner of the … 0

Irv Rhodes: Amherst must find and embrace its moral center

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to several articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin concerning incidents taking place mainly at the Amherst Regional High School and one reported incident at the middle school. I come from a large extended family composed of different races and … 1