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Janet E. Aalfs: Thanks Gazette for uplifting editorial on Yousafzai

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your uplifting editorial Oct. 15 about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who continues to show the world how one courageous voice can affect widespread collective action and accomplish positive change. As the author Toni Morrison has said, “The function of freedom is to free somebody else.” Malala’s energy has inspired us locally through a poetry and movement group I’ve worked with at Girls …

Robert Greeney: It’s time for Amherst to create ‘pedestrian spaces’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: A recent public forum on parking in Amherst elicited a variety of opinions and comments. I would like to offer two items for consideration in our planning for future parking options for Amherst, parking sprawl and pedestrian spaces. In Amherst the term sprawl is often used and widely considered undesirable. I have never heard the term used for parking. I …

Mike Galusza: Saddened by the loss of Dan Yacuzzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Dan Yacuzzo was the best man at my wedding. Dan handled that challenge like I know he handled so many others; with passion, creativity and enthusiasm. Dan and I worked together and were the best of friends. I am truly saddened that Northampton has been deprived of a wonderful human …

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Joe Gannon: Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette carried a story Oct. 4 about the City Council condemning the vandalizing of an Israeli flag hoisted outside a local synagogue. “The resolution characterizes the vandalism as expressions of contempt and implicit and actual violence,” the Gazette reported, “that are the opposite to the …

Adam Fisher: Security and the self: To inform or not to inform

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — My overstuffed basement is not a place I willingly visit, but with the recent kerfuffle about a “confidential [drug] informant” program at the University of Massachusetts, I felt compelled to go. Down in that basement somewhere, …

Editorial: The youngest Nobelist brings the wisest world view

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

‘Who is Malala?” That is what the man with a gun asked young women riding in the back of a pick-up that moments before had been bouncing along rough roads in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. No one answered but glances gave them away. He raised his pistol and fired. …

Amy Kroin: Amherst school officials to blame for Terrell talk

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Trauma is not a teaching tool. But Calvin Terrell used trauma in his presentation to Amherst Regional Middle School eighth graders last Thursday. His talk, which left many students in tears and prompted one to …

Don Schneier: Fleitman as usual just sleepwalks through column

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: The future of Northampton may hinge on the outcome of a conflict between, on the one hand, a business consortium seeking to expand its privatization of the city, and, on the other, merchants resisting forced contributions to it. So, more immediately relevant than his sleepwalk …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Texas hospital did not make decision to release patient

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: An AP article published in the Gazette on Oct. 2 spoke of “The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the Ebola patient.” The same implication appeared in the headline of an article on Oct. 11 in the Gazette and was heard repeatedly on …

Kathy Conrad: Time to pay library workers more money

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Where is the place if you have nowhere to go they have to take you in? Where is the place where the amount of money in your pockets doesn’t count, nor the color of your skin or your first language? Where is the place that …

Editorial: Land stewards in Hadley help preserve forests, views

Monday, October 13, 2014

Members of the Scott-Agassiz family were well aware of the value of the land they tended for generations in North Hadley: It was priceless. They also knew that no matter what the deed for the property said, the land didn’t really belong to them. They were stewards of …

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: While citizens embraced ‘Silent Spring,’ a poisonous war raged on

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book “Silent Spring, published in September 1962, ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days before it came out, President Kennedy signed his approval for the so-called “rainbow herbicides” (Agents …

Karen M. Cardozo: ‘Before You Became Improbable’ praised

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: If you were in downtown Amherst between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Sept. 25-27, you may have noticed some odd goings-on: people in pairs, carrying flashlights and listening to headphones while interacting randomly with others who emerged toward them off the street. This was “Before You …