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Mary Russo: It’s a question of social justice

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: Given the negative emotions associated with abortion in the media (guilt, anger, shame, fear, etc.) it was heartening to read Emma Ayres’ clear and brave account of her own experience in guest column in the Gazette Nov. 15. It meant that she was free to make her own decision, but not in isolation or poverty. As a volunteer for the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, I …

Richard Suchocki: Praises Cinemark, Applebees for honoring veterans

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to give kudos to Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and Applebees for the way they honored veterans on Veterans Day. Veterans were able to see the movie “Fury” with Brad Pitt for free and Applebees, decorated with red, white and blue balloons and thank-you notes obviously drawn by young children, were on the tables addressed to the veteran. …

Rich Feldman: Challenges ahead for those on BOTH sides of BID

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: As those of us who endorsed the BID recover from the horrible shocks of the past few weeks, and those who brought it to an end contemplate next moves, I pose these challenges to all: ■ Care about and work for something larger than yourself, that has broad public benefit even if it required delayed individual gain. ■ Do something …

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Don Ostroski: Up to new generation to change government for better

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: Regarding the letter by a Gateway Regional High School senior published Nov. 14: I am 78 years old and have voted in every election since the age of 18. Over the course of time I have contacted my representatives in state and federal governments. I …

James McDonald: Thanks Dan Yacuzzo for his work on city’s behalf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I attended the memorial service for Dan Yacuzzo at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. What an affirmation of his life it was. I came away with an awareness of how lucky this city has been to have a man like Dan working on its behalf. Northampton …

Amy Cohen: Route 9 Diner owner should have money go to nonprofits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I have been following the coverage of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner in Hadley and while I certainly agree that the current employees do not deserve to have their jobs jeopardized, people like myself, a former patron, need to see the owner, who …

Robin Dizard: Help support area Abortion Rights Fund

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: The courageous and thoughtful Nov. 15 guest column by Emma Ayres about abortion brings out vital facts: women are entitled, by law, to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term, and decide to abort when they cannot in good conscience become mothers. Ayres calls …

Gayle Pemberton: After BID ruling Northampton, thoughts of a famous film

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: Re: BID ruling: Welcome to Pottersville. Gayle Pemberton Easthampton …

Alison Lucey: Wants to know why flags were removed from cemetery

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: On Nov. 15, I visited my husband’s grave at the Village Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg. Much to my astonishment and disappointment, the American flag and Elks Club memorial flag were both missing from his grave. I then realized that all the American flags throughout the …

William Brezinski: Peace Corps volunteers are front line of ‘American exceptionalism’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

To the editor: This time of year, with Veterans Day, we recognize individuals and groups who have sacrificed personally and emotionally to build the United States. Our military is assigned overseas, lives in hostile environments and are placed in the middle of political unrest. Many give their lives …

Penny Burke: BID’s demise a loss for Northampton’s art scene

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

To the editor: Last week, I made an online comment in response to an article about the Northampton Business Improvement District and the mayor’s intention to convene a meeting of “downtown stakeholders.” I would like to share the comment with more Gazette readers and add a few remarks: …

Ann Hallstein: Letter-writer’s roster of Northampton downtown pioneers shows gender gap

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

To the editor: A letter to the editor in the Nov. 15-16 edition of the Gazette caught my eye — and stirred my ire. Alan Scheinman, one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the BID, wrote in defense of his case, “Some people attributed the success of …

Ellen Putnam: Loves her Gazette, and ‘Tonight’s Sky’

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: I am often teased by my family for my cover-to-cover, vacation-pack-when-I’m-away reading of the Gazette. This approach has many benefits, however — among them, my daily enjoyment of Patrick Rowan’s “Tonight’s Sky,” found if one looks closely along with the weather forecast. It provides a …