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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: Of the tens of millions of gay people in America, only a few have come out publicly making sure the media becomes aware — these isolated public announcements are usually from black men who are involved in athletics. One has to wonder why these gay athletes are being made out to be, seemingly, martyrs or cult heroes, and why other gays are not coming out publicly — … 4

Margaret Halbeisen: Criticizes Geryk, Jackson for poor response

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: As a former teacher at ARHS, I wish to express my heartfelt support for Carolyn Gardner, a math teacher at Amherst Regional High School, who has experienced several incidents of intolerable racial attacks against her. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of effective support of Gardner by Superintendent Maria Geryk and High School Principal Mark Jackson. Gardner came to … 0

Gordon Murphy: Ideas to solve the pothole problem in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: I am sure that some of the potholes in Northampton are historic in size, so why not pay for their repair from funds from the Community Preservation Act? Or another thought, why not just declare all streets in the city unacceptable and not be responsible for any of the repair? P.S. I have a sidewalk that a car could get … 0

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Larry Parnass, the editor of the Gazette, has been on the newspaper's staff since 1988 as an editor, reporter and columnist.

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Nadine Gallo: Valuable lesson for children on ‘Tintin’

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: What better lesson for children than the recent decision to keep “Tintin” on the shelf so kids can enjoy it. Censorship has its place when the material is offensive to majority standards and has no redeeming value. “Nancy Drew” stories had some offensive material in … 1

Dick Benoit: It pays to check prices at various supermarkets

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: Shoppers beware. Being a comparison shopper as well as a coupon clipper, I have found that it pays to “shop” around. Recently I went to the Big Y in Northampton then later to the one in Southampton only to find that the Southampton store had … 1

Jeanette Miller: We can’t be intimidated by racist graffiti

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: I’m puzzled. Why was this particular African-American teacher the target of racial graffiti? It seems to me that the best strategy to blast apart this airing of racism at the Amherst Regional High School would be for the teacher, Carolyn Gardner, to refuse to be … 0

Michael T. Ryan: Abject neglect of city’s infrastructure

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: I don’t know why anyone is surprised that Northampton is experiencing the worst pothole season in most of our lifetimes. It is because our whole infrastructure is crumbling. Our roads aren’t replaced. Our water and sewer pipes are failing. Maintenance is not done. The reason … 1

Abbie Jenks: Argues for Pelham banning fracking

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: On May 3, Pelham Town Meeting will vote on a bylaw to prohibit fracking and all waste disposal, dispersal or treatment of fracking waste in Pelham. For two years a group of residents have studied the issues around hydraulic fracking and concluded that the threat … 0

John Sheirer: The myth of lazy people

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Government benefits have long been stigmatized. When I was young, one family was teased because they were “on welfare.” I remember hearing a chorus of “Farewell, welfare!” when these kids trooped, heads down, off the school bus. I asked an older kid what “welfare” was. He … 2

UMass drunkards fighting for wrong rights

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the editor: Concerning the Blarney Blowout: Let’s see if I have this right. Every day thousands of young people across the globe are struggling for political and religious freedom, and sometimes simply the right to exist. They … 1

Editorial: Two juries, two mistrials — Is a Rintala prosecution still viable?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Unless prosecutors can develop more compelling evidence that Cara Lee Rintala killed her spouse, they won’t get a conviction. As much as people want to know what happened in the basement of the Rintalas’ home March 29, 2010, those answers depend on a jury being convinced the narrative … 1

John Paradis: Mr. Garand’s fearsome invention

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I would surmise that few school children in our region have heard of Jean “John” Cantius Garand. I suspect few adults, too. But if you are of French-Canadian descent like me, or you worked in the … 0

Molly Millay: Public voting in our schools needs to stop

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing because I am concerned about the safety of Amherst students on voting days, when our schools are thrown open to the public without proper security measures. Throughout the rest of the school year, Amherst school personnel take every precaution to ensure the … 0