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Emily DelVecchio: Swimmer, 10, hopes YMCA will keep the Dolphins team

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am a 10-year-old member of the Dolphins swim team and have been in the swimming program since I was 1. When I was younger, my hope was to make the team as I got older. Without a competitive team, other little kids wouldn’t have a team to look up to. I think that the YMCA should have a swim team for as long as possible. Emily …

Teresa Lee Dowd Hurlburt, 10: Young student loves environment, urges government to nix pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, my friends and I listen and look around for clues in nature for fun. I did …

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Architect excited to see Lin’s designs for Smith library

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am both pleased and excited that Maya Lin and the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to design the Smith College Neilson Library. These are both first-class firms with an amazing portfolio of world-class architectural and site design projects. Needless to say, I am looking forward to watching this “re-imagining and redesign” unfold over the next few …

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Nick Seamon: One Amherst business owner’s economic development checklist

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: In a recent Gazette article about the purpose of the new economic development coordinator’s job in Amherst, there was no mention of the downtown. The locally owned businesses that are working hard every day, supporting hundreds of jobs, were not mentioned. All that was written …

Regis Murphy: Former Dolphin says swim team is much more than records

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: After reading the article regarding the review of the aquatics programs at the Hampshire Regional YMCA, I found the prospect of dissolving the swim team concerning. At 6, I joined the Hampshire Regional YMCA team. I instantly felt a part of a great community. Swimming …

Susan J. Adelson: Senior Center will need space when baby boomers visit more

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: I was both a volunteer and employee at the Northampton Senior Center when it was built, and now I am a consumer of its programs. When I first read about the Parks and Recreation Department’s imminent move to the Senior Center, it seemed like a …

Catharine R. Morrish and Bernard Miller: Synthetic pesticides cause harm, so why do we use them?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: The spraying of synthetic pesticides on trees and lawns is known to be dangerous to humans and animals. Hospitals such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have long warned of the dangers of pesticides. This exposure is cumulative and can cause cancer, damage to neonatal …

Alice Scheffey: N.Y. mayor’s non-endorsement of Clinton good news for Dems

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To the editor: One must celebrate on hearing good news with the fervent hope that it might be meaningful. A recent report that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is not endorsing Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate is good news for us who yearn for our …

Ruth Leuenberger: Let’s not forget that the swim team families are part of YMCA

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To the editor: The Hampshire Regional YMCA is in the process of evaluating the aquatics program to see if it is meeting the needs of its members. I would hope that the board is also looking at the YMCA mission statement and its long history of competitive sports …

Jan Rainier: Decision to move Parks and Rec office needed more exploration

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To the editor: I am greatly concerned about the decision to place the offices of the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department at the Senior Center. As I understand it, the mayor has every legal right to have done so. Although I personally believe that a “senior” center should …

Newton Bowdan: Another opinion about wording of the Northampton High sign

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To the editor: I honor a recent Gazette letter writer’s interest in the Northampton High School sign that said, “School hours will run normal this week.” The writer encouraged “grammatically hypersensitive drivers” (of whom I have the honor to count myself one) “to regard the school’s sign with …

Jesse Adams: Gazette editorial urging pleas in UMass rape case irresponsible

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To the editor: A recent Gazette editorial entitled, “In UMass rape case, plea deal may be best for all,” was completely irresponsible. It would be awful for the victim to have to testify up to three more times, but the Constitution applies to everyone, even those charged with …

Joanne Marqusee and Robin Kline: Hundreds of volunteers are vital to CDH’s success

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To the editor: Whether serving sandwiches in our coffee shop, escorting visitors or delivering mail within the hospital, or singing to hospice patients in their homes, the volunteers at Cooley Dickinson Hospital consistently serve the needs of patients, families, visitors and staff with cheerfulness and dedication. Last year, …