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Jeff Zesiger: Traffic light still causing backups on Damon Road

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I had time to wonder about the long line of cars on Damon Road as I sat waiting for the new light to turn at Industrial Drive. There may be an easy solution for the traffic that backs up there. The light is set to stay red for traffic coming from the bridge even when traffic entering from Industrial Drive also has a red light. The same …

Peggy B. Anderson: Bicycle path signs near Notch cause confusion

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: This time I am not writing about the things which are at the top of my list, such as our need to truly address climate change by not using dirty, fracked gas in new pipelines when we need to be addressing our energy needs via renewable resources. Nor am I writing about my current number-two desire to see a reduced …

Carolyn Ahearn: Salaries of nonprofit executives serve to undermine their mission

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to an April 2 Gazette article detailing a Clinical and Support Options workers rally over contract negotiations in Northampton. Karin Jeffers, CSO’s president and chief executive officer, is quoted as saying, “We do feel we’ve given them a fair offer. We can’t find more money to be able to put on the table.” Yet according to publicly …

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Mae Lococo: Keep senior center for use by elders

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: Shame on the mayor of Northampton for giving away a beautiful part of our senior center. There was a handful of seniors who had a dream of building a roomier, modern senior center for Northampton. We talked to Irene Lampron, the director at the time, …

Kira Jewett: State should more equitably distribute funding for schools

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to the April 8 guest column regarding the state takeover of the Holyoke Public Schools. I agree with all the major points made, but I’d like to add another: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts needs to more equitably distribute funding to schools. Currently, …

John Ferriter: Frustrated that some sidewalks, crosswalks under state control

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: One more letter on sidewalk clearing. We live on Bridge Street in Northampton across from Sheldon Field. The sidewalk has been poorly maintained for the last 15 years. When a bicyclist was thrown from his bike by a pothole in the walk and was taken …

Ralph Faulkingham: Story conflated work of two independent boards in Amherst

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: Reporter Scott Merzbach’s April 6 story in the Gazette concerning the workings of the Dickinson Local Historic District Committee in Amherst cites the case of the First Congregational Church’s new sign and my championing its approval, but it conflates the work of two independent town …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Religions to issue a moral call for carbon-free laws

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for Tom Relihan’s article on the Quakers’ inspiring, consciousness-raising pipeline walk. Religious groups are enormously important at inspiring people to change because religions foster connectedness to community, inspire adherents to work for a greater good and urge moral action. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is …

Ann L. Hallstein: Banning plastic bags is great, but ease into it

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: The April 8 edition of the Gazette outlined a possible ban on plastic bags in Northampton. I hope the decision favors banning. It is one step we can take towards lessening the burden on landfills and preventing such trash from ending up in our oceans, …

Dee Waterman: Thanks to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for care of family member in final hours

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: We, the family and friends of Cody Waterman, want to take a moment for a shout-out to the fourth floor critical care unit at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. In light of our recent loss, we couldn’t have asked for more support, kindness, adaptability and patience​ than …

Jeanne Hoose: Spelling bee a success thanks to support from community

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: Congratulations to Gazette’s Headliners for their first prize spelling win at the 15th Annual Northampton Education Foundation Adult Spelling Bee March 25. NEF sends a huge thanks to Easthampton Savings Bank, our longtime major sponsor, and to PeoplesBank and Millitech for their generosity. Herrell’s Ice …

Rita M. Bouthillette: Set up a portable classroom for Recreation Department

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: In regards to the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department’s move to the Northampton Senior Center, how about a portable classroom next to the Ryan Road School? Seems like that would be more compatible to have their office next to the school rather than with seniors. …

James Lowenthal: Valley should adopt Vision Zero initiative to prevent traffic deaths

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: There is plenty of blame to go around in the case of Chloe Rombach, the pedestrian struck and severely injured in a Northampton crosswalk last December. I don’t want to demonize the driver, who surely is traumatized too. But the news that she will not …