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Sigrid Schmalzer: Pedestrians get short shrift in road safety changes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: I am deeply distressed by the crosswalk accident that has left a beloved University of Massachusetts student, Chloe Rombach, in critical condition. Too many pedestrians and cyclists have been injured or killed locally in recent years. I cross at that crosswalk in Northampton almost every day: like many others, it is treacherous — but with more visible signs it could be far safer. Tellingly, when construction last …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: On the expectation gap in US life

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: A few years ago, while doing an Alternatives to Violence workshop in a maximum security prison in New York State, I met Malik. At the time, he was a leader of a prison gang, but he wanted to make something more of his life. He took college-level courses in prison, and finally he was out. At a college conference I …

William Aherin: Government should not meddle in Internet use

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: In the “net neutrality” controversy, Americans are being told that we need government control of the Internet to maintain a level playing field. Previous attempts have resulted in the federal courts declaring that the FCC cannot reclassify Internet as President Obama has stated he will do. Many controversies in the world have resulted in countries which control the Internet, to …

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Philip M. Giers: Northampton Lions Club thanks public for support of yearly sale

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton Lions Club thanks all those who participated in our 54th Annual Ski and Skate Sale and helped to make it a big success. The Lions Club gives back to the community all the profits generated by this event, helping those in need. It …

James Winston: Letter-writer fails to appreciate economic benefits of Eric Suher’s venues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I noticed in the letters to the editor section Dec. 8 one regarding Eric Suher that in my view was both ill-informed and reckless. In the letter, the writer states in part, “why is the Calvin sold out, the Iron Horse sold out and people …

James W. Sherwood: Smith president didn’t need to apologize about word choice

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I am reading the book “Measure of a Man” about Martin Greenfield, the clothier. Greenfield was in the Buchenwald concentration camp and was sent to a house of the mayor of Weimar, Germany, to do repairs. He was in the basement and found rabbits and …

John Kapitzky: Are you ready to help pay pricetag of Olympics site in Boston?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: Boston is one of several U.S. cities being considered as our country’s nominee for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Although the Boston group supporting Boston’s choice has had a few public meetings, mostly its efforts seem to have been kept low key. For example, the U.S. …

Madelaine Zadik: Phrase in editorial shows ingrained racism

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I have to say I was rather dismayed, shocked and disappointed in the Gazette when I read the Dec. 10 editorial (“Toward day when black lives really do matter in US”). It shows how ingrained racism really is. You wrote: “African-American men aged 20 to …

Paul M. Craig: Time to devise a much better unified health ssytem

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: Single-payer health care would make a smaller, more efficient government; a more productive workforce; the end of personal financial ruin from unpayable medical bills; some reduction in anthropogenic global warming; and reduced demand on the VA system. Correctly structured, it should have significant bipartisan support. …

David J. McCutcheon: Police visit about shoveling sidewalks could have been avoided

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: On the Friday after Thanksgiving, some of my family members were still at my home winding down for their trip home, while a few had already left. This being a day of heavy traffic, concern filled my wife and children as a Northampton police officer …

Noreen Beebe: Pro-life movement comes from stance of love

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: In recent letters to the editor two women working for an abortion rights fund depict pro-life advocates as developing a culture of shame in regards to unplanned pregnancy. They claim we are people who are “icy cold” when reacting to a person close to us …

Anthea Spirko: A loose pig makes bad travel companion

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: In a recent newspaper there was an article about a 70-pound pot-bellied pig brought onto a plane by its owner as emotional support. There are many problems with that. Passenger Rob Phelps told the Gazette: “It was a relatively short flight, but not with a …

Mallorie Chernin & Paul Sorrentino: Vespers program’s side benefit: Help for survival center

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: On Dec. 7, Amherst College held its annual Vespers. As always, we appreciate the many community members who join us for the “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” At the end of the program, people had the opportunity to give a donation to support the vital …