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Leslie H. Higgins: Vote out Northampton councilors for approving plastic bag ban

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I thank Gazette reporter Dan Crowley for noting that Northampton’s single-use plastic bag ban was passed unanimously by the City Council. Most of the time, I think the anti-incumbent rage that animates many voters come the first Tuesday in November unjustified, as it can cast off the good people who hold office along with the bad. In Northampton’s elections this year, though, it will be different. As …

Sarah Buttenwieser: Bidwell the perfect candidate to represent Ward 2 on council

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I’m supporting Dennis Bidwell for the Northampton’s Ward 2 City Council seat Paul Spector is vacating after wonderful years of service. Here’s why I’m delighted to support Bidwell: he’s smart, he’s kind, he’s a doer, he’s fair and he’s a team player, something I learned while working with him on fundraising and planning for the National Priorities Project. But more …

John Riley: Newspaper used word ‘crescendo’ correctly in boardwalk headline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: In a May 21 letter to the editor, a reader finds fault with the use of the word “crescendo” to indicate a high point. “Coming to Crescendo” screamed the headline in an article about the completion of the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk. The use of the word “crescendo” to indicate a climax or high point is well documented in both literature …

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Barbara and Normand Berlin: Volunteer’s dedication to garden at Jones Library noteworthy

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: We were pleased to read in the Gazette that no matter what renovations to the Jones Library in Amherst are made, the Kinsey Memorial Garden will not be harmed. It is a beautiful and needed oasis in the center of town. But there was one …

Eli Stark: Doctor offered old views on the ‘science of biology’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I was surprised to see a letter about the “science of biology” from a South Hadley doctor in the May 22 Gazette. The doctor’s argument is ignorant and antiquated. The basis of science is that we theorize, test our theories and that nothing is set …

Kurt Heidinger: Reader takes issue with column’s objectivity on GMO labeling

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: In her May 6 guest column in the Gazette’s Viewpoints section, “Will the fight for GMO labeling get the job done?” Elizabeth Vierling confuses the consumer’s right to know what they are buying and thereby investing in, and the job of, as she puts it, …

Rich Cairn: Amherst Town Meeting fails to serve everyone well

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: Amherst Town Meeting ended after seven sessions during which 250 people (including staff) spent 20 hours. That comes to 5,000 hours — or the equivalent of two-and-a-half full-time professionals for a year. Our greatest accomplishment toward the future of a pleasant, diverse, sustainable town was …

Sherry McGuire: Fight against cancer by joining Relay For Life movement

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: What started as one man walking around a track in Tacoma, Washington, 30 years ago this spring has grown into the world’s largest movement to fight back against cancer. Today, more than 4 million people participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events in …

Barbara Kelly: Reader calls for more info about shake-up at WMUA

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: I join in the calls for the Gazette to dig deeper into how it happened that WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts, fired Max Shea and “re-assigned” Glenn Siegel. It seems the only explanation offered is that it was due to an …

Jennifer Bryan: Amazing.net sign sexualizes a public space

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: On a recent morning I stopped by City Hall in Northampton, visited the planning office and confirmed what I already knew: Amazing.net, the “adult novelty” store on King Street, is in violation of the code intended to prohibit signage that “depicts or describes sexual conduct …

Bob and Deb Bak: Size of new home on Adare Place out of neighborhood character

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: We have been residents of Adare Place in Northampton for 25 years and have always appreciated the feel of our small in-town neighborhood. Unfortunately, the construction of a single-family home at 7 Adare Place, on the corner of Prospect Street and Adare Place, has made …

Rachel Courtney, Janra Roberts & Stefan Ward-Wheten: Free flow of views vital in public media

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: We are writing in response to your coverage of the incident involving an episode of the radio program “Focus” on WMUA on May 3. As we all know, the foundation of a democratic society is built on the free flow of ideas and the exchange …

Dean Cycon: Why I as a business owner support Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: When I started Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee in 1993, I knew that the success of my business depended on the skills, health and happiness of my employees. I knew that employee loyalty translates to high-quality service and customer loyalty, and I knew that I wanted …