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Walter Krzeminski: Questions federal money going to Holyoke fire dept.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: With the eight new firefighters being paid for by federal funding, Holyoke now has 13 firefighters being paid for by federal monies. That equates to two-thirds of Easthampton’s entire firefighting force, which is paid for in full by Easthampton taxpayers with no federal assistance. When you look at what’s really going on it’s hard to comprehend how Holyoke qualifies for federal aid and Easthampton does not. Holyoke … 0

Cynthia Brubaker: PVTA should provide service for more than just students

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: In planning for public bus transportation, as the PVTA is now doing, it seems as if one segment of the population in Amherst could be seriously shortchanged. The students use the buses to get around to the colleges and the university, but many others who depend on the bus system to get to work, buy their groceries and get to … 0

Ronald Wozniak: 'Calling 911 is an option but not a guarantee your life would be saved' Owning a gun for self protection

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: This writing is in response to Jay Fleitman’s purchasing a gun “to protect his family and home,” as he detailed in a recent Gazette column. Your immediate response is how you react to a threat. Calling 911 is an option but not a guarantee your life would be saved, particularly … 0

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Steven Wilco: Urges PVTA to add Survival Center stop

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: It has come to my attention, through our church’s work with the Amherst Survival Center, that the PVTA is in the process of evaluating and making changes to its routes. This is a great opportunity for the community to have significant input as to how … 1

Maureen Ippolito: Think twice before getting that pet rabbit for Easter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to urge parents who are considering the purchase of a rabbit for their children this Easter to reconsider. Rabbits are adorable and fun when they are babies, but will they still be perceived this way in six months? Will they end up … 0

Jackie Compton: Small steps are fine as long as you keep going

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the editor: The ongoing harassment of Amherst Regional High School teacher Carolyn Gardner is outrageous and reprehensible, and we as a community may deserve to be editorially scolded for not doing more sooner to address it. But … 0

Ellen Kosmer: Amherst Club urges action against racial tensions

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the editor: The Amherst Club, since its founding 30 years ago, has been an organization dedicated to the welfare of the Amherst-area community. We have been proud to be a part of a region that, in so many ways, has shown itself to be a leader in … 0

Dennis Bidwell: Let’s give thanks to Mountain Goat owners

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the editor: The poignant account by A.J. Lafleur and Mary Colwell in the April 1 Gazette of the demise of the beloved Mountain Goat should remind us all of some hard and important truths about our downtowns and retail life in today’s Internet age. Vibrant downtowns like … 0

Lilly Lombard: Grow Food Northampton praises Narkewicz decision

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the editor: Grow Food Northampton is thrilled to learn that Northampton’s mayor, David Narkewicz, has included in his municipal budget for fiscal year 2015 the resources to organically manage the Florence Fields Recreation Area (next to our organic community garden and farmland). We are extremely proud of … 0

Susan C. Lowery: Questions PVTA non-action on Survival Center route

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: I am writing out of concern that the Amherst Survival Center might lose its access to public transportation if the current plans of the PVTA are executed. Perhaps a bit of history on the subject … 0

Nadine Gallo: Valuable lesson for children on ‘Tintin’

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: What better lesson for children than the recent decision to keep “Tintin” on the shelf so kids can enjoy it. Censorship has its place when the material is offensive to majority standards and has no redeeming value. “Nancy Drew” stories had some offensive material in … 1

Dick Benoit: It pays to check prices at various supermarkets

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: Shoppers beware. Being a comparison shopper as well as a coupon clipper, I have found that it pays to “shop” around. Recently I went to the Big Y in Northampton then later to the one in Southampton only to find that the Southampton store had … 1

Jeanette Miller: We can’t be intimidated by racist graffiti

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: I’m puzzled. Why was this particular African-American teacher the target of racial graffiti? It seems to me that the best strategy to blast apart this airing of racism at the Amherst Regional High School would be for the teacher, Carolyn Gardner, to refuse to be … 0