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Jeff Schrenzel: Social work is much more than ‘doing good’

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: I am writing about the Gazette’s Nov. 10 article, “Life As A Do-Gooder,” about social worker Jay Pasternack. While I commend Pasternack on his long career doing social work, it should be noted your title is a bit misleading. Social work is more than “doing good.” There is specific knowledge, values and skills needed to do this work, which is a bit more complex than “doing good.” …

Chet Cramer: Preserve prime agricultural land for farming, not commercial use

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: I often travel Meadow Street in North Amherst. Recently I have been very bothered by signs on parcels of land on the east side of the street, between Route 116 and the Waskiewicz family’s J & J Farms, offering the land for sale for commercial or industrial use. I assume it is zoned for such use. This is prime agricultural …

Sidney Moss: Reasons aplenty to vote Sanders for president

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: In response to a recent letter-writer who believes Bernie Sanders’ view of government is in line with the Founding Fathers, I appreciate his readiness to vote for Sanders. I admire Sanders because of his long-earned history as a fighter for social justice and fairness in government policies, for ways to expand Social Security, condemning income inequality, offering free college tuition, …

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Kristen Mokrzecki: Remember the children when crafting refugee policies

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: We are heartened to discover that our government has created policies for allowing refugees to enter the United States, and are pleased to hear that we will be accepting 10,000 refugees from Syria. The government has created a uniform procedure for accepting and relocating refugees, …

Trish Duffy: Buy a green light bulb in support of veterans

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: It is very heartwarming to see coverage in the paper in appreciation and thanks to our veterans from so many people. I’d like to see these people and others continue their support year-round by supporting the Green Light of Hope (www.greenlightavet.com). I am very surprised …

Anna Liakas: Flummoxed by decision to allow Dunkin’ Donuts in Haydenville

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps this seemingly trivial event offers practice for beginning to speak out in the world because I cannot remain silent in regards to the Haydenville Zoning Board of Appeals’s decision to ignore what appeared to be a majority of town sentiment in granting a special …

John Kapitzky: Governor’s stance on refugees is a disservice to Massachusetts

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: I was sorry to hear that our governor had refused to accept refugees from the Syria-Iraq-Libya region. It seems to be primarily a political act on his part, but I believe he really has little say in the matter. Still, I resent his speaking for …

Michael Palmer:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: After reading the Gazette’s editorial on Smith College’s response to the recent “bomb scare” in Northampton, I am struck by the similarities with the recent tragedy in Paris. The paper wishes to hold Smith accountable for the actions of two students while our governor and …

Kathleen McGovern: It isn’t alarmist to fear boxes in Northampton labeled ‘danger’

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: In the aftermath of the tragedies in Paris, I am moved to re-visit the night of Nov. 5, when Northampton center was shut down for two hours. People noticed five boxes in various locations in town, that had, according to the State Police, the words, …

Kaitlin LaFlamme: Support of NASA is critical for us here on Earth

Friday, November 20, 2015

To the editor: The United States needs to continue to support NASA. This will help expand exploration, keep up with competition, and lead to a better life here on Earth. For many, fulfilling their dreams is possible within their own home town. For others, their desires lead them …

John A. Provost & others: Northampton moves to curtail drinking, rowdy adult behavior at football games

Friday, November 20, 2015

To the editor: We believe wholeheartedly that interscholastic athletics play an important role in helping student-athletes to develop leadership skills and physical fitness, so we were disappointed this season by spectators on “the hill” at Northampton High School whose behavior undermined our character-building efforts. “The hill” refers to the terraced …

Letters on Northampton’s proposed PILOT program

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We can do better than a PILOT program To the editor: I am becoming increasingly distressed about the mayor’s proposed PILOT program for nonprofits. It seems that economic responsibility is at the root of an argument for taxation that boils down to a simple premise: A nonprofit that …

Kate Gehling: Net metering caps threaten to stall solar development

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I was happy to read your article about the demonstration of solar power installation in Plainfield. It is exciting to see residents taking advantage of opportunities that will make Massachusetts a clean energy leader. Caps on net metering, a program that buys back unused energy …