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Eva Gerstle: Moving YMCA swim team to JFK a ‘monumental’ mistake

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

To the editor: As a competitive swimmer who has swam for Hampshire Regional YMCA for five years, I can truly say this team is something special. I am so glad that our parents and YMCA representatives have come to together to keep this team afloat. This was no small task and I am grateful to everyone who has helped this process. However, the recent suggestion of moving the swim team …

Kristen Ames: Y should wait on swim team changes pending aquatics review

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

To the editor: The fate of the Hampshire Regional YMCA Dolphins swim team hinges on whether its board of directors can effectuate a deliberative, systemic review of the aquatics program based on actual data before CEO David Marks makes substantive changes. At a May 13 meeting with board members and member families, Marks surprised families with a proposal to move part of the …

Jennifer Adams: Moving Y swim program to JFK harmful to ‘older swimmers’

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

To the editor: My son is 10 years old and swims for the Hampshire Regional YMCA Dolphins. The current conversation about moving the team to the JFK pool with later start times has not taken our children’s health into consideration. My son is a Junior 2 and is therefore considered an “older swimmer.” I am concerned that the Y leadership has dismissed how …

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Marianne Preger-Simon: Supports study on death of bee hives, not hopeful of results

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m heartily in favor of a White House task force that will study how to reduce the death of pollinators. However, I have very little hope that pesticides will get much study as a cause of hive death. The corporations that make and sell pesticides, …

Bonnie Prosciak-Harrison: Upset at theft of wreath from relative’s gravestone

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: When I went to the cemetery on May 22, the wreath that I placed in April on our family stone was securely attached on the cross. Today, after my aunt’s burial, I went to pay respect to my mom, dad and husband and was looking …

Jan Norris: The political right does not deny climate change

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter writer in the Gazette voiced his opinion about how “the political right is oblivious to the science of climate change.” I would beg to differ. Many on the right are not in denial about climate change; the climate is always changing and …

Carrie Hemenway: Seniors a force, as debate over senior center space showed

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: After recent events, it seems that Northampton seniors are a force to be reckoned with. It must be clear to our mayor and city councilors that seniors want a say in the senior center and how decisions that affect us are made. Seniors won’t roll …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …