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Don Schneier: Plenty of problems with Northampton BID

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: If, as the Gazette describes it in its Nov. 17 editorial, the BID was operating under a “legal cloud,” it was one of their own making, a product of overreach. But the problems were more than legal. They were moral: imposing an ethos of commercialism on citizens, requiring the constraint of conviviality by self-interested purposefulness. They were political: a conflation of plutocracy and democracy, as exemplified by …

Anne Perkins: Applauding whistle-blowing waitresses in Hadley

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to applaud the waitresses who had the courage to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner. Sadly, whistle-blowers are rarely honored in our society. Although I personally do not know Marie Billiel, Jaime Young or any of the other nine women who described their experiences of harassment, what I read rings …

Meghan Sharick: Amherst adults not showing proper respect at meeting

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: Respect: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. Respect has been on the list of classroom expectations since kindergarten; respect is demanded of us from a very young age and should continue to be demanded of us as teenagers, young adults and adults. I attended a recent Amherst School …

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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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …