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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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Julie Zuckman: Why not anticipate where people will really walk

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

To the editor: I was glad to see the design for Pulaski Park in the Gazette. It looks very promising. I do want to comment on the zig-zag path from the back of the park down to what is the Roundhouse/bus station parking lot. I don’t know what … 0

Kathleen Winkworth: FCAWM praises Dignity Project coverage

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

To the editor: I want to thank the Gazette for its excellent series, The Dignity Project, as well as the June 25 article on funeral planning. As last week’s pieces made clear, planning ahead is a loving gift to give one’s family and friends. The article correctly stated … 0

Brian E. Cooper: Colorful crosswalks should be complimentary, not adversarial

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

To the editor: The current proposition in Northampton to create a patriotic red, white and blue crosswalk across Main Street in front of City Hall should not be viewed as a circumstance of “if they can have it, why can’t we” but rather as “We should have both.” … 0

Editorial: A solar solution for the former Belchertown State School?

Monday, June 30, 2014

More than 20 years have passed since the closing of the Belchertown State School in 1992. Since then more than half a dozen proposals have trumpeted visions for reclaiming the central campus and empty buildings on more than 80 acres. But one by one, these proposals proved more … 0

Jay Fleitman: About those ‘lost’ IRS emails

Monday, June 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The IRS has been accused of targeting conservative groups by selectively pulling their applications for tax-exempt status for prolonged scrutiny in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. By delaying and denying approval of those applications, … 2

Nadine Gallo: Her purse was recovered with everything intact

Monday, June 30, 2014

To the editor: I left my purse with all the usual cards and cash on the chair at Dunkin’ Donuts in Hadley the other day. I didn’t realize it until an hour had passed. I had my car keys so I drove there and asked for it. Someone … 0

Menekse Sakirt: Thank you Round the World Women

Monday, June 30, 2014

To the editor: When we first moved to Amherst from Turkey in July 2012, we did not know anybody here. We spent the summer looking for an apartment and discovering the Amherst area and cities nearby. Everything seemed new and unfamiliar. When we finally settled down, we started … 0

Sandra Veillette: Keep the Sunday ban on bow hunting

Monday, June 30, 2014

To the editor: According to Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife, approximately 33,100 persons are licensed to bow hunt (2013 count). This number represents less than 1 percent of the Massachusetts population. These bow hunters and their supporters are quite vocal and organized and every year, they try to bring … 3

Mia Kim Sullivan: Supreme Court itself has a buffer zone

Monday, June 30, 2014

To the editor: When the Supreme Court heard arguments challenging Massachusetts’ 35-foot buffer zone, which for seven years had shielded the entrances to local reproductive health clinics, the court itself was insulated by a 252-foot-wide zone where demonstrations before the courthouse steps continue to be banned. Last summer, … 0

Dick Stein: The fossil fuel future burden must be shared

Sunday, June 29, 2014

To the editor: The column, “A fossil fuel emancipation” in your June 26 paper makes the good point of comparing the cost of banning fossil fuels with that of the emancipation of slavery. It is certainly true that the requirement of fossil fuel companies to abandon their holdings … 0