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Roger Webb: Amherst Club fundraiser nets $12,000 for community groups

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Club’s recent fundraiser Spring to Life was a great success. I would like to express thanks to the wonderful community we live in, which is prepared to come together to support events such as this. With the generous support of our sponsors, those who donated to the auction, and those who helped organize or attended, we were able to donate roughly $12,000 to 10 local …

Normand Cloutier: SHELD is not broken despite claims of some

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: As a former town administrator for South Hadley, I am familiar with South Hadley Electric Light Department and its manager. We very successfully worked together on many projects, including the replacement of the Route 116 bridge and the South Hadley Falls revitalization project. In my position, I too, have had labor issues spill into the public arena. SHELD has had …

Will Coughlin, Elliot Kuan, Mei Zhou: College freshmen raising awareness about diaper drive

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: We are a group of Amherst College freshmen helping to organize the Amherst Area Diaper Drive through our community-based learning class, Building Community. Out of many project options, the three of us were drawn to the Diaper Drive project for many reasons, such as our own family experience with diaper need and our interest in public health. The Diaper Drive …

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Geraldine Brockway: Candidates can bring needed openness to South Hadley Electric Light Department

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: Citizen frustration with South Hadley Electric Light Department management goes far deeper than controversy over a new building. The main concern is that SHELD has never had an independent audit. Whenever that question is raised, we are told that it is not mandatory and costly. …

Michael DiPasquale: Pulaski Park transformation well worth the investment

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: After years of discussion and planning, there is hope that Northampton’s Pulaski Park will soon be transformed into a great public space. The final design includes a beautiful green common area and many new amenities that will make it a popular destination for a wide …

Linda Barron:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: With reference to a March 23 article in the Gazette about area officials in attendance at a municipal conference airing frustrations with the Open Meeting Law, I am writing from the perspective and experience of having held various public offices in Belchertown, both appointed and …

Joan Vohl Hamilton: Believes Awad would shine light on SHELD operations

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: It’s ironic that the utility that lights South Hadley homes keeps its operations in the shadows. The South Hadley Electric Light Department, created to serve South Hadley and funded by ratepayers, has a current management that has shown a great reluctance to allow itself to …

Kerry Homstead: Youth Truth event showed that all children are rooted in family

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to the Gazette and reporter Chris Lindahl for his March 13 article recognizing the powerful voices and messages presented by members of the Treehouse Foundation’s HEROES program in their performance, Youth Truth. Based on their personal experiences and common vision to improve the …

Eric Stahlberg III: City’s senior center is not for general community use

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: The decision by our mayor to usurp office space for nine city employees in the city’s Senior Center is, in my opinion, wrong. The building on Conz Street belongs entirely to the hundreds of senior citizens of the city. It’s not right for this building …

Rodney Kunath: Wishes potholes would force impatient drivers to slow down

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: I have to slow down my car to avoid numerous potholes, especially on Bridge Street before the Coolidge Bridge, South Street and Burts Pit Road. Usually there are impatient drivers tailgating my car and they try to pass in a non-passing zone, which is dangerous …

Steve Funderburk: First Amendment rights need review in light of OU incident

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: I strongly disagree with a recent letter from a Sunderland resident arguing against the expulsion of two students at the University of Oklahoma belonging to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and their now storied racist video. Yet I appreciate the writer’s support of First Amendment …

Suzy Shure: Hosting Olympics would invite Big Dig type expense

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to Jim Foudy for his March 21 column “Olympics price tag to steep for me,” which reminded us we’re still paying for the Big Dig. I don’t know the source of the saying “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on …

Anne S. Awad: SHELD candidate says she would help utility restore trust

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: I am a candidate for the South Hadley Electric Light Department board. I am proud that South Hadley has its own utility and am aware of the options it gives us to prepare for the future in energy development and management. I run for positive …