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Marlene Marrocco: Why can’t we find more non-politicians to serve in office?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: It would be nice to have a non-politician in office for a change. A business person, someone who sees beyond the “game” and might be able to get things done for Massachusetts and the country. A fresh voice, a fresh perspective and a clean slate. But then, I think of the reality of the situation. Can someone with no political clout really have a voice in Boston? …

Sherry Wilson: Public needs help in halting harassing phone calls

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: What ever happened to “Do Not Call” registries? For years I have been on the federal and state registries to prevent commercial enterprises from trying to sell their unwanted wares to me on the telephone. Charities, political parties and businesses such as your own bank can still legitimately call you. However, I have been plagued with calls from someone named …

Becky Reid: Goodell fails to uphold right standards for NFL

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s aloofness and inability or refusal to follow up on a grave situation involving off-field violence by players reeks of Joe Paterno. The old saying of “knew or should have known” applies of course, but what makes Goodell look like a complete fool is the fact that he was not pursuing, seemingly at all, the total package …

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

David Starr: Time for Northampton to ban plastic bags, Styrofoam cups

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: One path to minimize Northampton’s contributions to climate change is to reduce its contributions to landfills by 90 percent — 30 percent from increased recycling rates, 30 percent from increased composting and 30 percent from fewer purchases and less packaging. The numbers are impressive but …

Graham Gal: Of corporations, free speech and rights

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: While the Sept. 2 column by Jay Fleitman asks what rights plaintiffs seek to protect in the Hobby Lobby case, perhaps an equally important question is what rights that company has that should be protected. Corporations are formed to allow for a separation of the …

Osa Flory: League’s book sale not possible without generous volunteers

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton League of Women Voters will hold its 65th annual book sale Sept. 27 at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Help from the public has been amazing. In just six weeks, 12,000 books were donated at Forbes Library and at Cooper’s Corner. …

Michael Lawrence Levine: Questioning a lot of recent positivity in Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: How wonderful to have a positive town manager in Amherst whose immediate reflex is to support anyone and everyone in town government before performing the slightest analysis of the facts and data. His recent reflexive support of the planning office director is positively positive. I’m …

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 …