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Leslie H. Higgins: Vote out Northampton councilors for approving plastic bag ban

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I thank Gazette reporter Dan Crowley for noting that Northampton’s single-use plastic bag ban was passed unanimously by the City Council. Most of the time, I think the anti-incumbent rage that animates many voters come the first Tuesday in November unjustified, as it can cast off the good people who hold office along with the bad. In Northampton’s local elections this year, though, it will be different. …

Sarah Buttenwieser: Bidwell the perfect candidate to represent Ward 2 on council

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I’m supporting Dennis Bidwell for the Northampton’s Ward 2 City Council seat Paul Spector is vacating after wonderful years of service. Here’s why I’m delighted to support Bidwell: he’s smart, he’s kind, he’s a doer, he’s fair and he’s a team player, something I learned while working with him on fundraising and planning for the National Priorities Project. But more …

John Riley: Newspaper used word ‘crescendo’ correctly in boardwalk headline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: In a May 21 letter to the editor, a reader finds fault with the use of the word “crescendo” to indicate a high point. “Coming to Crescendo” screamed the headline in an article about the completion of the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk. The use of the word “crescendo” to indicate a climax or high point is well documented in both literature …

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Judy Leeds: NEF’s plant, garden market nets $12,000 for schools

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: I want to recognize the comprehensive and enormous community effort made to make this year’s 19th Support Our Schools/Northampton Education Foundation Plant & Garden Market on May 9 the most successful ever. This year the event raised over $12,000 for books and media materials in …

Christopher W. Norris: Mutual aid critical piece of emergency response in cash-strapped communities

Monday, May 18, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Last month I saw a report on a local TV news station regarding the Southampton Fire Department not responding to an emergency medical call and having to rely on a neighboring community for assistance. The report was critical of the department and its personnel. I want …

Editorial: State should join movement to protect pregnant workers

Monday, May 18, 2015

One by one, states across the country are doing the right thing by codifying into law protections for pregnant woman and new mothers in the workforce. It’s time for Massachusetts to join the fray. A movement is afoot to compel employers to make reasonable — in most cases, …

Saraphina Moon Forman: Girl thanks those who supported her successful rainforest hike

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to thank the Gazette for the article that was published about Hike For What’s Right, the rainforest fundraiser that I organized. The article got a lot of attention, raised a lot of awareness and helped us out a lot. We had around …

Greg Bascomb: Amherst Democrats looking for ideas, comments

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Democratic Town Committee is looking for comments and ideas from its membership and the public at large as it plans for its actions in the coming year. The major political outlet for Amherst Democrats is planning a year of meetings, public commentary and …

Kurt Heidinger: Fracked gas is not low cost or environmentally responsible

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: As reported in an April 27 Gazette story about Berkshire Gas backing a pipeline through western Massachusetts, company spokesman Christopher Farrell made several wild claims before the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce that deserve correction, including one about “ecoterrorists” operating in our area. (Editor’s note: …

Suzanne Meserve: Postpartum depression program needs to reach more mothers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a parent educator at Baystate Medical Center, I know that one in seven mothers will experience postpartum depression (PPD). I see this in the women I care for in the Baystate New Beginnings postpartum support program for new parents. PPD can have a lasting …

Robert Price: Axia answers letter writer’s questions about South Hadley service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: We wish to provide some perspective and clarity to a recent letter that appeared in the Gazette. The author cites comments and concerns about Axia NetMedia Corp.’s intentions in South Hadley. The prices for Axia’s services mentioned in the letter are correct. The monthly residential …

Laurie García: Why a Mother’s Day advertisement made an unsupportable claim

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a teacher for many years, I am often tempted to correct the many mistakes I see and hear outside of the classroom, especially when grammar is involved. I want to write or call ad agencies or media sources, but I usually do not take …

Sara Weinberger: Putting one’s faith into action

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I first met Michael Kane when we joined a group organized by Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton to raise funds for humanitarian relief for victims of the genocide in Darfur. Today, Michael and I are once again working with communities of faith, this time to spread …