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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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William L. Schenker: South Hadley Electric is in good hands on eve of election

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: For 38 years, I have had the opportunity to work with and observe both management and line personnel at South Hadley Electric Light Department in action, especially during events of natural disasters such as thunderstorms or heavy snowfalls. South Hadley can be proud of their …

Christine Archambault: SHELD commissioner urges residents to vote for change

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: During the past year I have had the privilege to serve as a commissioner on the South Hadley Electric Light Board. This has been both challenging and rewarding. I was elected on the idea of transparency. I feel that we are on our way to …

Diana Stein: Cartoonist’s goal seems to be ridding US of ‘uppity blacks and women’

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: Gary McCoy’s cartoon of March 31 is both racist and sexist. He has drawn a group of public officials being swapped to the terrorists by Uncle Sam. His point is that the U.S. shouldn’t have swapped five members of the Taliban to get back one …

Jon Lackman: Take it easy about NHS sign’s language use

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: “School hours will run normal this week” appeared recently on Northampton High School’s LED sign, a letter writer reported ruefully. This adverbial usage of “normal” is rare in formal English but not in speech (“talk normal”) and there is a tradition of granting leeway to …

Mary H. Foster: Netanyahu lied about Palestine to win election in Israel

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: When did we vote Benjamin Netanyahu in to run our country? Oh yes, he almost lost the election in Israel. He had to lie about Palestinian statehood — “Not on my watch,” he said — to win the election. Mary H. Foster Hadley …

Lyndy Bagg: Now is not the time for voters to change SHELD leadership

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: For some time now, “responsible” individuals have worked hard to disgrace, maim and even harm our utility in South Hadley. Some of this started when SHELD opted to move and construct a more modern, workable facility on property it already owns. Of course, this angered …

Alex Kent and Felicia Sevene: Tarantino has misguided view on Indiana’s religious freedom law

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: In a recent guest column, “GOP: A party that should know better,” Joseph Tarantino maintains that the flaw in Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is that it’s bad for business and can “bring disrepute to the entire Republican brand.” Tarantino favors an “open and free …

Marilyn Sidwell: Rethink overhead sign proposed for Pulaski Park

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: The entryway to a proposed redesign of Pulaski Park — an overhead sign reading Pulaski Park — needs to be re-imagined. It is unattractive and spindly, and seems unrelated to the redesigned park. A recent letter writer to the Gazette suggests omitting the sign, which, …

Jane Harwood: Disturbed by grammatical error on sign in front of high school

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: I agree with people’s comments in Tuesday’s Gazette article about the garishness of LED signs and the need for the city of Northampton to consider regulation of such signs. What was disturbing as well was the fact that the city’s high school would have a …

Dave King: Writer refutes columnist claim about Obama’s record on jobs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: It is said those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. For this reason I feel compelled to challenge an assertion in the Gazette guest column last week entitled “GOP: A party that should know better.” The author of that article said …