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Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing a similar street-scape. However, the new zoning does not require any consideration of the impact of seven or more (it could be 30) units on existing parking, traffic, congestion and green space in a neighborhood. Furthermore, though the proposed zoning change emerged from Northampton’s 2008 Sustainability Plan, it does not provide any … 0

Michael Biegner: Please welcome the stranger, in this case the children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: We like to proclaim how this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Many of the same voices that proclaim the need for prayer in schools are the same ones now up in arms against the idea of using the Westover Air Reserve base to temporarily house children who seek refuge by openly crossing our nation’s southern border. But Gov. Deval … 0

Martha Hanner: Vote for Berwick if you want to stop gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Are you concerned about the proposed gas pipeline that would tear up Clarkdale Farm’s peach orchard? Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, has announced his strong opposition to construction of the pipeline. He argues that investment in the pipeline would lock us into long-term dependence on fossil fuels. Instead, we should focus on repairing the dangerous leaks in the existing … 0

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Bernie Bachand: Flags great, but U.S. flag deserves special status

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to respond to a letter in the Gazette about the rainbow flag flown at the Jackson Street School. My statement in an earlier letter was that the United States flag stands for “We the People.” In response, the writers said “that is … 0

Karin Wilburn: Clearing up some facts about local quilt history

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A recent letter to the Gazette described the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild chapter’s history and activities. Please allow me to correct the record regarding the group’s history. The Northampton Area Modern Quilt Guild was founded and run by Julie Zuckman of Florence in 2010 for … 0

William Santy: Let’s think twice about who are next president should be

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A well coordinated media-hype campaign can easily convince the masses of something they should not be convinced of. The best place to determine if the media-hype is working is the college campus. Recently there have been three separate videos taken on a campus of an … 1

Alex Kent: Disturbing news at Forbes Library sad to hear

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A heartbreaking headline and photo on a recent Gazette front page: “Arson suspected at Forbes.” Some angry person attempted to burn down one of Northampton’s – one of any town’s – most precious institutions: the public library. It felt like a dear friend had been … 0

George Goodwin, Rhoda Honigberg: Huge stakes in upcoming election

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: “I wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here, so I could boycott it.” This was the sentiment expressed by a friend of ours recently. If the Senate falls into the hands of Republicans in November we can expect even greater restrictions on our rights. … 2

Karl W. Ryavec: Many reasons why military don’t show up

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: What many do not know is that leaving one’s duty station without permission can be rather common in the military. While on a destroyer escort in the Pacific during the 1950s I would always wonder, before every stint at sea, “Who will not show up … 0

Steve Funderburk: Pistorius murder trial belongs in news section

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: I note the Associated Press article about the status of the Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in the sports section along with Sox David Ortiz’s three-run homer and the tough week at Wimbleton for the ‘women’s side.’ I would urge that the Gazette, even if posting … 0

Stephanie Slysz: Supports Healey’s transparency on spending

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: In light of recent controversy over campaign finance and the call for reform, as an inquisitive voter I unearthed some discrepancies about Maura Healey and Warren Tolman’s People’s Pledge to ban outside spending in the Massachusetts Attorney General race. On May 29, Healey approached Tolman … 0

Susan Morrello: Gives praises for Amherst Taste recycling

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Amherst’s Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Amherst Committee, participating businesses and volunteer composting coaches. At the recent Taste of Amherst, you collectively diverted approximately six tons of compostable “trash” from ending up in landfills or from being incinerated. Instead, it went to … 0

Suzanne Forman: Generosity, caring by Ted’s greatly appreciated

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: On Saturday I drove to Northampton and parked in the parking garage in order to buy my daughter some shoes at Ted’s Boot Shop. We spent about ten minutes in the store and left with my daughter sporting some new sandals. When the search through … 0