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Samantha Kramer: Hotel puts profits over lives of employees

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The Hotel Northampton is an example of why unions are still needed. Workers are not treated with respect or dignity. At a place where workers cannot afford the food that they are selling, or the rooms that they are cleaning, there is a problem with wage disparities. I write as a student who is studying social justice and unions and as a past employee of the hotel, …

Dr. David Gottsegen: Health care providers must expand treatment beyond pills

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: I read with great interest your front page story on the Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference at the Log Cabin on Sept. 25. Like most, if not all, physicians, I have seen families devastated by addiction and death from prescription pain killers and heroin. I agree with the attorney general that “we have become a pill culture. We like …

Michael Harris: Proposed changes at housing authority are sorely needed

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The recent articles in the Gazette regarding Cara Clifford, the new executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, have been negative, judgemental and based on information from employees affected by the organizational change due to their positions being eliminated. I wanted to comment as a current employee who has been with the authority for a long time. The changes taking …

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Ellenor M. Rennell: Grateful that ‘Book Man’ at Forbes will keep delivering

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you. What great news when the “Book Man” came with the happy news that he would continue delivering books on behalf of Forbes Library. I would like to thank the person, or persons, who made this possible. Ellenor M. Rennell …

Bernie Bachand: Likes old school when it comes to dressing for school

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: In my day when you went into a restaurant or a public place and you were wearing a cap, you always “uncovered.” In the Sept. 16 Gazette there is a photo of a young man at Northampton High School in a videography class with his …

Jamie Kent: City’s summer concert series wraps up another great season

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: This summer marked another successful year of bringing free concerts to downtown Northampton. Since our launch in 2012, we’ve seen great growth every year. This summer the weather gods were with us, the crowds were the biggest yet and the music was fantastic. Thank you …

Suzanne Whitman: Burke Chevrolet shows that customer service still rules

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: Good old-fashioned customer service is still alive and well at Burke Chevrolet in Northampton. The day after Labor Day I was at Burke having some work done when an older woman entered the dealership’s service department frantic. She told them her truck battery had been …

Joseph Blumenthal: Worried leading Republicans for president haven’t held office

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: It is very worrisome to me that none of the three leading candidates (at the moment) for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 have ever held public office. Shouldn’t that lack of experience in the public sphere automatically disqualify Trump, Carson and Fiorina? Joseph Blumenthal …

Jane Lyon and Lucy J. Tirk: Broken children welfare system long overdue for transparency

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: The time for transparency is overdue. No new task forces or committees to write another report and make more of the same recommendations as the myriad reports that have been written in the last 18 to 24 months. The public must know how will things …

Denise Barberet: Amherst Charter Commission proponents want to create city

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: Do you like the changes you see in downtown Amherst? Do you like Boltwood Place, the large white cube behind Judie’s? Do you like Kendrick Place, the brick wedge on Triangle Street? Are you happy that the small, home-grown businesses of the Carriage Shops will …

Irwin Spiegelman: Creation of a charter commission in Amherst is simply a power grab

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: I urge those of us who are supporters of Town Meeting not to sign petitions for a Charter Commission now being circulated by the Amherst for All Committee. You might be an Amherst voter who is troubled by high property taxes, and by a school …

C.M. Smith: Town Meeting is an effective form of democracy for Amherst

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: It is interesting to note that the group Amherst for All that is trying to abolish Town Meeting is led by the same folks who tried unsuccessfully to rezone their properties to allow for the building of an apartment complex in a residential neighborhood. Coincidence? …

Nick Grabbe: Ten reasons why Amherst should study new forms of government

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: In response to a letter writer in the Sept. 19 Gazette who said changing Amherst’s town government is a bad idea, here are 10 reasons why the town should create a commission to consider alternatives to the current form of government: 1. There’s little discussion …