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Katie Olmstead: Some suggestions for slowing Nonotuck traffic

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: I live on Nonotuck Street in Northampton, one of the streets that has a reputation for speeding. Drivers come from the high school where it is a 35 mph zone and speed up instead of slowing down when they crest the hill that is the beginning of Nonotuck. This is a 30 mph zone and people treat it like a highway. There was yet another speed-caused accident … 0

Joseph Bass, Sheila and Mark Heyer, Michael Chesworth: Praise for Mark Jackson, principal of ARHS

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: We have been reading the articles and letters published in this newspaper about Amherst Regional High School and its principal, Mark Jackson. We are the parents of students who have graduated from and are currently enrolled in the high school. Our schools struggle with many of the same issues that affect the greater society. Following the lead of the principal, … 0

Rose von Schlegell: Planning board should follow town’s own bylaws

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: How can we even consider imposing a large country club-like development for wealthier students upon the largest tract of forest between it and the Holyoke Range, with its diverse species and wetlands? If built, this would disrespect the residents, the land and the town of Amherst’s own zoning bylaws, with their stated intention of stabilizing and protecting the essential characteristics … 0

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J.M. Sorrell: These are very disturbing times in country

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Your large color photo on Page One Monday of the women outside the Supreme Court causes me to feel great sadness and fear. I am trying to imagine a group of men similarly cheering the end of their coverage for impotence drugs or African-Americans cheering … 0

Robin Dizard: Supreme Court rulings are horrible on several levels

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: The 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court Monday permitting employers to dictate which contraceptive methods their employees may use is unjust, unfair, narrow-minded and grossly sectarian. It is unfair, because only women use the birth-control methods (intra-uterine devices and the morning-after pill) which the employers … 2

Michael Lamica: Appalled Northampton board passes buck on crosswalk

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: I was very happy to see it was suggested that putting in a crosswalk honoring the people who serve and have served for this country. I was appalled that the city wants to pass the … 3

Sean Norton: Reader finds letter writer disingenuous

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: A letter in a recent Gazette expresses concern that Northampton’s rainbow crosswalk will harm the gay rights movement. I find this “concern” to be highly disingenuous. Clearly the writer and I disagree about the value of the crosswalk and the process of its creation. That … 0

Steve Dunn: Fleitman’s column so bad reader misses George Will

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: I am glad the Gazette publishes a range of political perspectives, including conservative views not widely heard in our local progressive bubble, but in my opinion Jay Fleitman’s monthly “Right Mind” is a waste of paper and ink. Years ago this paper carried George Will … 3

Bill Newman: Paint on, Northampton, and let’s keep debating

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The streets belong to the people. But what about the crosswalks? This issue has riveted Northampton since the Department of Public Works — at the request of a private citizen, who paid for it — painted … 1

Henry Lappen: Urges Northampton on tree plantings

Friday, July 4, 2014

To the editor: I write in support of Lilly Lombard and Bill Dwight’s Gazette column, which appeared Monday. Lilly and Bill have laid out a very clear and comprehensive program for shade tree planting in Northampton. I urge the city to join them and get this happening. Tree … 0

Editorial: Native artifacts should be public treasures

Friday, July 4, 2014

Members of a Deerfield farm family are asking University of Massachusetts researchers for more information about — and the return of — Native American artifacts dug up from their property. While the question of who owns the artifacts may take time to sort out, we hope that the … 0

Jonathan Kahane: A World Cup viewer raises a flap about the flops

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — I played high school and collegiate soccer in the 50s and 60s. Has the game ever changed! We had boots the size of barges that navigated the Erie Canal. We nailed in our cleats. Balls were kicked in from the sidelines — there were no throw-ins. … 0

Editorial: Finding right words to define patriotism

Thursday, July 3, 2014

At dusk Friday, unless a storm interferes, fireworks will color the sky over Amherst to celebrate the day, 238 years ago, when 56 people at the Second Continental Congress signed a document declaring the 13 “united States of America” independent of a despotic king. “To prove this,” their … 0