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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz speaks to a community breakfast in the Smith College Conference Center earlie this month.

Kenneth Dym: Agrees with mayor’s proposal for tree warden

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in support of the Northampton mayor’s proposal to appoint a “Tree Warden” within the Department of Public Works. The City of Northampton needs to invest in our trees, to maintain them in the present and for the future. Nowhere is that more true at Village Hill. Over the next year, with the newest phase of development, approximately 80 new housing units are scheduled to be built which apparently will necessitate the cutting down of literally hundreds of trees, both big and small. Yet the Village Hill by-laws, written and approved by Mass Development, state: all tree removal shall be …

Richard Kofler: Act now to reduce your energy consumption

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: On Oct. 9 the Amherst League of Women Voters sponsored a Forum on Climate Change, moderated by Nancy Eddy with panelists State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, State Rep. Ellen Story, State Rep. Peter Kocot and a representative from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. The forum was well attended and many of the attendees represented a variety of activist groups. The panelists …

Edwin D. Driver: Appreciates editorial on Nobel Peace winner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Concerning “The youngest Nobelist brings wisest world view” Gazette editorial Oct. 15: thank you for your lucid and thoughtful narrative of Malala’s remarkable courage and talent in opposing social barriers to the education of girls and women In South Asia. She lends credence to a motto of Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, “Persevantia Vincit.” Edwin D. Driver South Hadley …

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James Drawe: Urges returning Steve Kulik to House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: There is real progress being made to bring high-speed Internet service to unserved towns in western Massachusetts. A key reason for that is the work and advocacy of State Rep. Steve Kulik. Efforts to solve this problem culminated in 2008 with the creation of the …

Timothy M. Nourse: Please keep Steve Kulik as state representative

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I support Steve Kulik, our state representative for the First Franklin District, for re-election to the Massachusetts House. Steve has served with distinction. I have known Steve for more than 20 years in that position and experienced firsthand his support for agriculture and our rural …

Lois Barber: We need alternatives to current action against Islamic State

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: President Obama and too many others believe that U. S. military power will succeed against the Islamic State. We should know better after the continuing misery and destruction our wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have caused in those countries and here at home. The …

Andrew Morehouse: Wants Senate to pass America Gives More Act

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to provide a powerful boost to charitable organizations like The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts working to improve lives and strengthen communities here in western Massachusetts and across the country. In July 2014 the House of Representatives approved the …

Jim Cutler: Kulik an unwavering voice as representative

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: In January of 2014 some residents of Ashfield were notified of a large gas transmission pipeline construction project targeting their town and their properties. I am one of the many impacted landowners in that town and I along with many of my neighbors formed Hilltown …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Alice Swift: Wants Amherst voters to approve two local questions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Many voters in Amherst are probably not aware of two local questions on the ballot on Nov. 4 in addition to the four statewide questions described in the red booklet sent to voters by the Secretary of State. Question 5 would raise the Community Preservation …

Joe Leahy: Setting the record straight on gaming law

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: In response to the anti-casino letter published Oct. 11, I am adding a few facts that were missing. Question 3 on the ballot is an attempt to repeal the state gaming law. Repealing a job-creating law makes no sense to me. The gaming law allows …