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Cynthia Clayton Parent: End-of-life decisions must not be compromised

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: I write in response to your recent headline: “On her terms: Lee Hawkins dies peacefully — as planned — in Northampton home at 90.” Many people will agree that the “as planned” is a great step forward in exercising our individual rights as Americans. However, death by starvation and the lack of water is not the happy and “peaceful” end we seek even if we thought we …

Arielle Ortiz: CASA volunteers make a difference in children’s lives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced in a short life. These moves can mean changing schools and leaving a town that feels familiar and the only family you know. It means being shuffled around an overburdened child welfare system with little …

Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by Landmark Properties. Not one individual from the town testified at public hearings in its support. …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Joshua Mintzer: Initiative process is a vital check for Massachusetts citizens

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I must take exception to a letter published Sept. 4 attacking the fundamental, Constitutional right of citizens to issue initiative petitions. It is far from the “frontal attack on American representative democracy,” as the author describes in a most alarmist tone. Instead, the process serves …

Linda Rowley: Bicyclists do not belong in roundabout’s crosswalk

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I have a message for the woman who almost ran into my car last week while riding a bicycle in the pedestrian crosswalk at the roundabout in front of Look Park. I strongly recommend you …

Alan Lipp: Thoughts for when the world seems insane

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: The world is too much with me, Wordsworth’s words echo in me, now laden with new weight. Another man is beheaded; an unarmed boy is shot by the police, his body left for six hours …

Jacqueline Bearce: Amherst superintendent is right to bar dogs from schools

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: A front page article in the Sept. 3 Gazette states that two children at Amherst’s Crocker Farm School were bitten by an unleashed dog. The article further states that a man came to the school yard and removed the dog. Unfortunately, the man did not …

Claire Frierson: Of soccer, team spirit and feminism today

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: In her warm letter this week in support of Northampton High School soccer, a Northampton resident writes, “NHS has three teams — two junior varsity and one varsity.” This was surprising and puzzling to me. Both of my children grew up playing youth soccer in …

Adam Cohen: Northampton has its own models on smart development

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: I would like to thank Northampton City Councilors Ryan O’Donnell and Gina-Louise Sciarra for their recent discussion on zoning for larger infill projects. Like many at the forum, I walked away concerned that we are moving forward with too little regulation, with only vague language …

Brian Isaac: Light a candle Friday in memory of Sandy Hook victim Benjamin Wheeler

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: On Friday, Sept. 12, Benjamin Wheeler, one of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, would of been 8 years old. That day, an event called “Light A Candle On Ben Wheeler’s Birthday” is …

Jacqueline A. Faison: Amherst must hire more police officers

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: As I was watching one of Amherst’s town meetings, I was shocked at an issue on the agenda. I could not believe that Police Chief Scott Livingstone had to ask several times for more police officers. The police department needs 18 more officers. This should …

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to encourage our community — young, old and everyone in-between — to make some time this fall to come and cheer on our Northampton High School soccer teams. This year we have … 2

Michael Mongeau: Earned sick time referendum worthy of support

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: Massachusetts voters have an important ballot initiative to address in November. Question 4, the earned sick time initiative, will give all workers in our Commonwealth the right to earn sick time. Nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing …