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Editorial: Something to nip in the bud: street fighting at Smith College

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Things got a little crazy a week ago at Smith College. Near the end of a scheduled party hosted by the Smith African and Caribbean Students’ Association, a crowd of up to 500 people spilled outside the college’s Campus Center. A Northampton Police Department sergeant listening on a shared public safety radio frequency heard yelling and screaming at 1:20 a.m., then frantic calls for assistance from the lone campus police …

Jim Cahillane: The bicycling brothers who conquered the air

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The overriding theme for many presidential candidates so far is that America is on the rocks and that they, as a political doomsayer, will be America’s answer. May I propose that they take my old-timer advice and “go fly a kite.” The Wright brothers did — and therein soars a heavenly American story. It’s been newly researched and retold by …

Steve Freedman: Amherst TM created zoning that allowed for Kendrick Place

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

To the editor: I was amused by a letter from an Amherst resident claiming that the Amherst Planning Board, not Town Meeting, was responsible for Kendrick Place development. Surely, the writer must know that the zoning which allowed this project to happen was approved by Town Meeting, as all zoning must be. It is precisely Town Meeting, not the Planning Board, which bears …

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Editorial: A chance for compromise in Dunkin’ Donuts flap

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

At a recent meeting in the Williamsburg Town Offices, residents came out in droves to pan a plan to construct a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise at 142 Main St. in Haydenville, the site of a now-closed bank. But instead of declaring war against it, residents should see this as …

Dr. David Gottsegen: Health care providers must expand treatment beyond pills

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: I read with great interest your front page story on the Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference at the Log Cabin on Sept. 25. Like most, if not all, physicians, I have seen families devastated by addiction and death from prescription pain killers and heroin. …

Michael Harris: Proposed changes at housing authority are sorely needed

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The recent articles in the Gazette regarding Cara Clifford, the new executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, have been negative, judgemental and based on information from employees affected by the organizational change due to their positions being eliminated. I wanted to comment as a …

Samantha Kramer: Hotel puts profits over lives of employees

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The Hotel Northampton is an example of why unions are still needed. Workers are not treated with respect or dignity. At a place where workers cannot afford the food that they are selling, or the rooms that they are cleaning, there is a problem with …

Lois Barber & Ron Israel: Concern real that Paris climate change pledges are falling short

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — The 21st United Nations sponsored Conference of the Parties will be held in Paris this December. The goal of this gathering, known as COP21, is to produce the first meaningful, legally binding international climate treaty since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Paris may be our last …

Dr. Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Studies shows states jumped gun on medical marijuana

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the question about the effectiveness of medical marijuana raised in a Sept. 15 Gazette article, two medical literature reviews on the subject were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, one by a team of 13 authors in Bristol, England, …

G. Dixon: Lack of parking, filing fees at courthouse outrageous

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: This does indeed stink. Why aren’t Hampshire Superior Court jurors given either an assigned parking space or a day pass? Because it subsidizes the court system? Come on! Do we have one government, or is each a separate fiefdom? Furthermore, isn’t the filing fee for …

Paul Slater: Perhaps Kentucky clerk can cast stones after all

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps we should bear in mind that Kim Davis of Kentucky may be without sin and therefor able to cast stones as she sees fit. Paul Slater Northampton …

Joe Lavallee: Councilors should not have taken sides before union vote

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hotel Northampton vote is over, it seemed wrong for some members of the City Council to openly take sides during this stressful time for all involved. The hotel is a gem in the city and has been a very supportive participant for …

Margaret Miller: Commends young band members for speaking out

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: I am dismayed and disappointed by the conclusion of the Gazette’s Sept. 23 editorial entitled “Battle of words follows battle of teen bands.” The “talented youngsters” and their parents, whom you criticize, did not choose to start a “crusade.” The young women involved sought to …