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Tony Redington: Concerns over pedestrian safety at roundabout are unfounded

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: The concern over pedestrian safety at the proposed Amherst roundabout at Triangle and East Pleasant streets must be dismissed. Single-lane roundabouts are safe for walkers. Research shows single-laners reduce pedestrian death rates by about 90 percent, as well as lower the severity of injuries. With about 3,000 roundabouts built in North America since the first in 1990 in Las Vegas, not a single pedestrian fatality has been …

Rebekah Madera: Northampton School Committee needs Baird’s experience, passion

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Please accept my highest recommendation to elect Tom Baird of 37 Drewsen Drive, in Florence, to the Northampton School Committee (Ward 6). I am a Northampton resident deeply invested in the public schools with a child in them myself. Baird and I taught professionally at Easthampton High School for several years. As we shared students and collaborated together, I was …

Edward Keefe: Iron ‘monstrosity’ on courthouse lawn should come down

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hampshire County Courthouse has been refurbished at great expense, I think it is time to remove the large iron monstrosity from the front lawn. It has no historical meaning, and I cannot see where it has artistic value. Edward Keefe Leeds …

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Mary L. Wentworth: Columnist should not overlook power of a Sanders campaign

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: In his monthly column on Sept. 21, Don Robinson states flat out that neither Sanders nor Trump can win the White House next year. The arguments that are supposed to close off this possibility for Sanders are the same ones made by the Democratic Party …

Robert Bussewitz: A football loss is disappointing, but certainly not a ‘devastation’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: “Devastation” the Gazette headline says, describing the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team’s defeat at the hands of Temple University? Really? Well, I’m not a Temple fan. In fact I’m a UMass alum (class of 1964). I can image how “broken-hearted” UMass fans were having …

Rich Szlosek: Naming baseball field after Stu Miller a fitting tribute

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: On Sept. 13 the Stu Miller Baseball Field at Veterans’ Memorial Field was officially dedicated and I want to thank the Gazette for its early and strong support for that endeavor. Despite threatening skies, some 60 people showed up for the dedication. Tom Parent, chairman …

Louise Kohrman Martindell: After 2 close calls, homeowner wants city to make street safer

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to ask for the city’s help because I don’t know what else to do. I am a resident of 198 Nonotuck St. in Florence where I live with my husband and 4-month-old daughter. There have been two accidents in one summer to …

Linda S. Greenebaum: Smith’s musical presence in Amherst will be missed

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: Pat Smith’s 26-year reign over orchestras in Amherst was a very golden time. My dynasty of daughters, all string players, still ply their musical trade as they hit the half-century mark. Smith was dynamic, driving, inspirational and did not allow for sluggards in the back …

Peter D. Steinberg: Next time WMUA asks for money, this listener will think twice

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: As a semi-regular listener of the WMUA, I’ve been following the controversy surrounding the radio station with great interest. While I enjoy the irreverence and unpredictability of the student-run programs, I’ve been dismayed to find that some of my favorite programs no longer air at …

John Montanari: Listeners a forgotten voice in WMUA controversy

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Kudos to the Gazette for its wise editorial stance on the current conflict at WMUA. While the student-community host conflict has been the primary focus of the news reports, I’d like to speak up for a very important third constituency that too often gets overlooked …

Rick McNeil: WMUA student leadership should be replaced for actions

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: A couple weeks ago, I was listening to the WMUA radio station on a Sunday afternoon when the host of “Nine Volt Heart” said that his show was being moved to 4 in the morning. At first I thought it was a joke. Then I …

Edward J. Sayer: Musante’s vision will live on with health center at Bangs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Like everyone else, I am so deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of John Musante. I remember him not only for the effective leader he was but also specifically for his insight and vision with respect to partnering with the Hilltown Community Health …

David Katz: GOP candidates fail to live up to great Republican presidents

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: I learned much from watching the Republican presidential candidates debate on Sept. 16. According to Chris Christie, by supporting a woman’s right to choose whether to bear a child, Hillary Clinton is fostering “systemic murder.” Ben Carson would grant illegal immigrants a trial six-month “guest …