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Kathleen Daly & Julie Kurose: Northampton should extend moratorium on certain development

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: We are a group of concerned neighbors residing in Wards 3 and 4 of Northampton who have formed an ad hoc committee to build awareness on a zoning issue mentioned in the Gazette this past spring (“As moratorium nears end, Northampton eyes new residential zoning for larger projects,” April 10). The moratorium refers to a hold on issuing building permits for larger residential projects while the Planning … 0

Joel Spiro: Gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick is right choice, not only for Massachusetts

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: If not now, when? If not Massachusetts, where? Don Berwick is the only Democratic candidate for governor with the progressive values, proven national leadership and executive skills to tackle the critical issues facing the Commonwealth and the country. A large majority of Americans believe the country is going in the wrong direction; pessimism reigns. With Berwick as governor, Massachusetts can … 2

John Bonifaz: The everyday magic that librarians perform

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: My daughter Marisol and I attended the North Amherst Library’s celebration Aug. 22 of the North Amherst Reading Club, which was held at the Mill River park. Each child who was a member of the club and had read at least 10 books this summer won a book of his or her choice which the librarians presented at the party, … 0

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Lynn Griesemer: Tini Sawicki of Amherst had will to live, desire to give

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Tini Sawicki’s life will be remembered by many far into the future. For people, especially women, who are diagnosed with breast cancer, Tini was the president of the club, and she will remain on the emeritus list forever. She faced cancer as a patient willing … 0

William J. Rowan: Rationalizing Israel’s behavior in Gaza

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: It never ceases to astound me when otherwise intelligent people continue to rationalize Israel’s unconscionable behavior in Gaza as a reasonable and proportionate act of self defense in response to recent Palestinian “aggression.” Israel wants to cherry pick the time period at which to start … 0

Barry Hirsch: The political uses of Palestinian ‘victimization’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a recent edition, a letter-writer says the “majority of people in Gaza are simply longing for a life of peace and cooperation.” In 2007, the people of Gaza held an election that was endorsed … 0

Stephen Siegel: Israel turned Gaza into ‘open-air prison’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a letter to the Gazette, “Israel weathers years of rocket attacks” (Aug. 8), several writers argue “there was no occupation and there was no blockade” in the two years following Israel’s 2005 so-called “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip. However, while Israel did remove its … 0

Jon Lackman: Let’s help students find right path through high-speed world

Sunday, August 24, 2014

To the editor: In a recent article about Northampton schools taking “more steps into high tech,” the city’s district technology director, Angelo Rota said, “The world is working at that high rate of speed, so we need to give our kids exposure to that. Is that good or … 0

Carol Sharick: Amherst educators can only do so much. The rest is up to us.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

AMHERST — I attended the Amherst Regional School Committee retreat this month and was pleasantly surprised at the civility and productivity shown by the group. Given what I’ve read in the paper in recent months, one would think … 0

Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals … 0

Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs … 0

Eric Stahlberg III: On truth in applications and standard Northampton crosswalks

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Two recent city issues reported on by the Gazette where City Councilor Jesse Adams has taken a strong position are interesting — and while I don’t agree with him on both, I appreciate his argument. They both, in my opinion, tell a little of how … 0