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Don Schneier: Plenty of problems with Northampton BID

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: If, as the Gazette describes it in its Nov. 17 editorial, the BID was operating under a “legal cloud,” it was one of their own making, a product of overreach. But the problems were more than legal. They were moral: imposing an ethos of commercialism on citizens, requiring the constraint of conviviality by self-interested purposefulness. They were political: a conflation of plutocracy and democracy, as exemplified by …

Anne Perkins: Applauding whistle-blowing waitresses in Hadley

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to applaud the waitresses who had the courage to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner. Sadly, whistle-blowers are rarely honored in our society. Although I personally do not know Marie Billiel, Jaime Young or any of the other nine women who described their experiences of harassment, what I read rings …

Meghan Sharick: Amherst adults not showing proper respect at meeting

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: Respect: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. Respect has been on the list of classroom expectations since kindergarten; respect is demanded of us from a very young age and should continue to be demanded of us as teenagers, young adults and adults. I attended a recent Amherst School …

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Ed Shaughnessy: Proud of sports effort by students at Smith Vocational

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: My wife and I went to North Adams to watch Smith Vocational’s girls’ soccer team play in the first round of the Western Mass. Soccer Tournament. The game was noteworthy because it is the first year that the program has been in place and the …

Rob Zucker: A dream, perchance to be confused

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: I drifted off to sleep last night after reading Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life piece in Hampshire Life, called “To Sleep, Perchance to dream on …” and wouldn’t you know it, I, too, had the strangest dream. I was at the Kentucky Derby attending the …

Suzy Shure: Two questions unanswered in pipeline debate

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette published a letter to the editor Nov. 7 written by an executive with the New England States Committee on Electricity. It was a very long letter, but it still doesn’t answer the two questions I would like to have answered about the proposed …

David Katz: Disheartening to watch Obama as president

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: The Democratic Party suffered a significant electoral defeat in the 2014 elections, on both the federal and state levels. Democratic losses spanned the country, occurring in both moderate and heavily blue states. The causes of this are many: effective Republican candidates, weak Democratic ones (e.g. …

Julius Lester: Wishes letter writer had extended more respect to Love

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: In her letter (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Nov. 4), a writer criticizes Professor Emerita Barbara Love for some of her views on racism. “Could the shopping incident example that Love offered her audience have something to do with a misunderstanding or a hearing disability on the …

Rob Rechtschaffen: Doctor takes issue with Fleitman’s Ebola column

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: As a physician, I was angered by Dr. Jay Fleitman’s Nov. 4 column on Ebola. Taking a political rather than reasoned approach, he blamed government and healthcare workers while fueling doubt and fear. I know something I tell patients today may change with new science …

John Wroblewski: Whately voters have an option

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: The issue of consolidating town offices has been debated for long enough. The best solution available now is for the town of Whately to purchase the regional library building in our industrial park. Using the asking price and adding funds for interior renovations would cost …

Maxine J. Stein: Make sure you thank a veteran today and every day

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day, today, Nov. 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military. These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks …

Natalia Muñoz: Northampton tax program is plain wrong

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: Asking seniors and veterans to work — and for a measly $10 an hour — as “volunteers” so that the city reduce their property taxes by up to $1,000 may be a great option for some people, but not most. This program penalizes the grandmother …

Vanessa Adel: Children should not be trained in “lockdowns”

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: During dinner recently, my 6-year-old asked: “What’s a lockdown?” Her 9-year-old sister replied: “It’s when you practice if someone bad comes to the school. Like if someone wanted to kill everybody with a gun. They lock the doors and you sit together and you have …