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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: Of the tens of millions of gay people in America, only a few have come out publicly making sure the media becomes aware — these isolated public announcements are usually from black men who are involved in athletics. One has to wonder why these gay athletes are being made out to be, seemingly, martyrs or cult heroes, and why other gays are not coming out publicly — … 4

Margaret Halbeisen: Criticizes Geryk, Jackson for poor response

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: As a former teacher at ARHS, I wish to express my heartfelt support for Carolyn Gardner, a math teacher at Amherst Regional High School, who has experienced several incidents of intolerable racial attacks against her. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of effective support of Gardner by Superintendent Maria Geryk and High School Principal Mark Jackson. Gardner came to … 0

Gordon Murphy: Ideas to solve the pothole problem in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: I am sure that some of the potholes in Northampton are historic in size, so why not pay for their repair from funds from the Community Preservation Act? Or another thought, why not just declare all streets in the city unacceptable and not be responsible for any of the repair? P.S. I have a sidewalk that a car could get … 0

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Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

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Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Michael T. Ryan: Abject neglect of city’s infrastructure

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: I don’t know why anyone is surprised that Northampton is experiencing the worst pothole season in most of our lifetimes. It is because our whole infrastructure is crumbling. Our roads aren’t replaced. Our water and sewer pipes are failing. Maintenance is not done. The reason … 1

Abbie Jenks: Argues for Pelham banning fracking

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To the editor: On May 3, Pelham Town Meeting will vote on a bylaw to prohibit fracking and all waste disposal, dispersal or treatment of fracking waste in Pelham. For two years a group of residents have studied the issues around hydraulic fracking and concluded that the threat … 0

UMass drunkards fighting for wrong rights

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the editor: Concerning the Blarney Blowout: Let’s see if I have this right. Every day thousands of young people across the globe are struggling for political and religious freedom, and sometimes simply the right to exist. They … 1

Molly Millay: Public voting in our schools needs to stop

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing because I am concerned about the safety of Amherst students on voting days, when our schools are thrown open to the public without proper security measures. Throughout the rest of the school year, Amherst school personnel take every precaution to ensure the … 0

Peter and Phyllis Jeswald: Praises Mike Mauri for thoughtful work on trees

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: In 1978 we bought 30-plus acres of mostly forested land in Conway. On this land we built a house, raised our children and now welcome our grandson for long weekends “in the country.” We cherish this land and have tried hard to be good stewards. … 0

Byron Poplawski: Added traffic light just causes more problems

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I have been a resident of Northampton for 18 years and recently have encountered an unnecessary hassle which hampers my daily commute. The problem occurs at the intersection of Main Street and Route 10 by the Edwards Church and the Academy of Music. What happens … 0

Michael Clancy: Praises Fleitman column ... not

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Jay Fleitman for his latest column — you know, the one where he debunks the so-called “War on Women” (unlike the “War on Christmas,” which is for realsies). Who better than a privileged white male who has control over his own body (soon … 0

C. J. Doyle: Don’t force parade to host message it disagrees with

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette’s March 22 editorial on the Boston and Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day parades, which quoted part of our news release, the Gazette argued that not every group which marches in these parades is there to promote Irish culture, but are willing to “support, … 0

Gail Fries: Local Parent Aid volunteers sought

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: If you would like to volunteer to do something meaningful, consider this: when you help a struggling parent, you help the whole family. For more than 30 years, the Parent Aide Volunteer Program in Hadley, a program of Berkshire Children and Families, has provided local … 0

Paul Lyons: Forest Watch message increasingly discounted

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Your recent editorial about logging on Northampton’s watershed lands provides yet another important voice of reason regarding the appropriate use of our precious natural resources. Real conservationists have long known that our forests can be both used and protected — one doesn’t preclude the other. … 0