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Janet E. Aalfs: Thanks Gazette for uplifting editorial on Yousafzai

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your uplifting editorial Oct. 15 about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who continues to show the world how one courageous voice can affect widespread collective action and accomplish positive change. As the author Toni Morrison has said, “The function of freedom is to free somebody else.” Malala’s energy has inspired us locally through a poetry and movement group I’ve worked with at Girls …

Robert Greeney: It’s time for Amherst to create ‘pedestrian spaces’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: A recent public forum on parking in Amherst elicited a variety of opinions and comments. I would like to offer two items for consideration in our planning for future parking options for Amherst, parking sprawl and pedestrian spaces. In Amherst the term sprawl is often used and widely considered undesirable. I have never heard the term used for parking. I …

Mike Galusza: Saddened by the loss of Dan Yacuzzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Dan Yacuzzo was the best man at my wedding. Dan handled that challenge like I know he handled so many others: with passion, creativity and enthusiasm. Dan and I worked together and were the best of friends. I am truly saddened that Northampton has been deprived of a wonderful human …

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Amy Kroin: Amherst school officials to blame for Terrell talk

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Trauma is not a teaching tool. But Calvin Terrell used trauma in his presentation to Amherst Regional Middle School eighth graders last Thursday. His talk, which left many students in tears and prompted one to …

Don Schneier: Fleitman as usual just sleepwalks through column

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: The future of Northampton may hinge on the outcome of a conflict between, on the one hand, a business consortium seeking to expand its privatization of the city, and, on the other, merchants resisting forced contributions to it. So, more immediately relevant than his sleepwalk …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Texas hospital did not make decision to release patient

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: An AP article published in the Gazette on Oct. 2 spoke of “The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the Ebola patient.” The same implication appeared in the headline of an article on Oct. 11 in the Gazette and was heard repeatedly on …

Kathy Conrad: Time to pay library workers more money

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Where is the place if you have nowhere to go they have to take you in? Where is the place where the amount of money in your pockets doesn’t count, nor the color of your skin or your first language? Where is the place that …

Karen M. Cardozo: ‘Before You Became Improbable’ praised

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: If you were in downtown Amherst between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Sept. 25-27, you may have noticed some odd goings-on: people in pairs, carrying flashlights and listening to headphones while interacting randomly with others who emerged toward them off the street. This was “Before You …

Paul M. Craig: Wall Street caps and trades while Rome burns

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: The more things Wall Street can turn into tradable securities, the richer Wall Street and its minions become. First, there’s the arithmetic of privileged greed; the higher mathematics of avarice is still to be developed. The Wall Street solution to reducing global warming is the …

Jovanna Robinson-Hidas: Supports assembly in Amherst on bullying

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: In response to “Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators” by Debra Scherban: As a recent alum from Amherst Regional High School, in 2012, and someone who has …

Richard Brunswick: Question 3 can stop casino mess before it starts

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to express my agreement with columnist Clare Higgins and a letter-writer in encouraging voters to vote yes on Question 3 to stop casinos in Massachusetts. TV airwaves are being flooded with ads promising many new jobs due to casino construction and employment. …

Daniel Wininger: Do we want downtown Northampton to look like strip mall?

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: A Subway sandwich shop is opening up Main Street in Northampton. My heart sank when I saw this. Let me count the things wrong with this picture: • The Haymarket Cafe is just a few doors down. They make incredible sandwiches and they are a …

Paul Slater: Sights of peaceful, generous co-existence in Northampton

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I would like to share some pleasant, heartwarming stories to offset a bit of what we see too often in recent headlines. Some time ago in honor of my 90th birthday my Canadian in-laws made a generous donation to the Soldier On program here in …