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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: Of the tens of millions of gay people in America, only a few have come out publicly making sure the media becomes aware — these isolated public announcements are usually from black men who are involved in athletics. One has to wonder why these gay athletes are being made out to be, seemingly, martyrs or cult heroes, and why other gays are not coming out publicly — … 0

Margaret Halbeisen: Criticizes Geryk, Jackson for poor response

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: As a former teacher at ARHS, I wish to express my heartfelt support for Carolyn Gardner, a math teacher at Amherst Regional High School, who has experienced several incidents of intolerable racial attacks against her. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of effective support of Gardner by Superintendent Maria Geryk and High School Principal Mark Jackson. Gardner came to … 0

Gordon Murphy: Ideas to solve the pothole problem in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: I am sure that some of the potholes in Northampton are historic in size, so why not pay for their repair from funds from the Community Preservation Act? Or another thought, why not just declare all streets in the city unacceptable and not be responsible for any of the repair? P.S. I have a sidewalk that a car could get … 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