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Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing a similar street-scape. However, the new zoning does not require any consideration of the impact of seven or more (it could be 30) units on existing parking, traffic, congestion and green space in a neighborhood. Furthermore, though the proposed zoning change emerged from Northampton’s 2008 Sustainability Plan, it does not provide any … 0

Michael Biegner: Please welcome the stranger, in this case the children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: We like to proclaim how this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Many of the same voices that proclaim the need for prayer in schools are the same ones now up in arms against the idea of using the Westover Air Reserve base to temporarily house children who seek refuge by openly crossing our nation’s southern border. But Gov. Deval … 0

Martha Hanner: Vote for Berwick if you want to stop gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Are you concerned about the proposed gas pipeline that would tear up Clarkdale Farm’s peach orchard? Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, has announced his strong opposition to construction of the pipeline. He argues that investment in the pipeline would lock us into long-term dependence on fossil fuels. Instead, we should focus on repairing the dangerous leaks in the existing … 0

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Patricia Holland: Kimball retiring from Jones Library; will be missed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Oh, no. On Friday, Aug. 1, Tevis Kimball is retiring from the Jones Library. Tevis has been the curator of Special Collections there for some 15 years and was acting director of the Jones in 2010 and 2011. Of course, her magnificent museum display of … 0

Rosemary Kofler: Friends of Senior Center thanks Iraqi students

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: The Friends of the Amherst Senior Center extends praises and thanks to the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program and the 24 undergraduate students who came to Amherst. Not only did the students enthusiastically offer their assistance at the Senior Center by delivering meals to home-bound … 0

Wesley Blixt: Comparison in history for migrant children crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: The good folks who are pitching a fit over the placement of “migrant minors” in our communities are no better than the “good folks” who declined to give refuge or sanctuary to the Jews and others who fled the Nazis. I am aware that this … 0

Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: I’m watching closely to see the fate of an important animal protection bill that state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg will be a key decision-maker on, and I hope he does the right thing. Senate Bill 2232 would finally ban locking pigs and calves used by the … 2

Jesse Docter: Antibiotics fed to animals fuel public health crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: One of the most dangerous public health crises in our nation can be quickly and easily resolved through executive action. Antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people each year. Antibiotic resistance is often attributed to over-prescription by our doctors. While this has certainly played a role in … 0

Gwen Agna: New play spaces will soon rise at Jackson Street School in Northampton

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: As many of you have seen, our beloved and iconic wooden structure at Jackson Street School is now completely removed. We are saddened but also have wonderful memories of the years of play and community-building that this playground provided both our school and families in … 0

Kristepher Severy: Castigates Gazette for 'propaganda'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette’s July 8th article “Downtown Beat” ignored the many homeowners and residents who are opposed to increased police presence downtown, and such bland treatment of such a serious matter amounted to passive propaganda for … 0

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: I was thinking about the immigration problems we are having and have the following observations. 1. People who say put them on a bus and send them back are just ignorant. No one and no … 4

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: People who care about animals across the state are waiting to see what Massachusetts senators do about bill S. 2232, a measure to help protect newborn calves and mother pigs from harsh confinement. I personally … 7

Nancy Felton, Joel Dansky: Peace Vigil’s film series on the move

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: Those of you who keep an eye out for political/cultural events in the Valley may have noted the absence of the Northampton Peace Vigil’s fabled film series these past few months. The film screenings — free, accessible, open to the public, discussion to follow — … 0