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Joseph Madenski: ‘Tiny house’ creator in Hadley needed to follow the same rules as everyone

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: I have been reading articles in the Gazette and letters to the editor regarding the “tiny house” located on East Street in Hadley. I commend the young woman who created it for investigating a more inexpensive lifestyle. According to the articles, she had help from parents and this was related to her studies at Mount Holyoke College. I am a neighbor on Newton Lane and have driven …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Time to expand definition of statutory rape?

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: The front page headline in the Jan. 27 Gazette illustrates the need for expansion of the legal definition of statutory rape to include actions against a victim who is not in any condition to give consent at the time (as seen also in other high-profile cases and allegations). Theodore K. Selkirk Jr. Northampton …

Becky Shannon: Looking on a bright side of Quabbin snake project

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: Recent letters opposing the planned introduction of endangered timber rattlesnakes to an island in the Quabbin Reservoir say that the money should be spent differently, e.g. to reduce the tick population. Rattlesnakes feed on rodents; mice are the incubators of ticks and their diseases. It is the rodents that must be dealt with if we are to reduce the prevalence …

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Sigrid Schmalzer: Bridge Street School report card does not paint a complete picture

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Recently, parents of children in Northampton’s public schools received “report cards” providing grades for their school’s performance. My child’s school, Bridge Street Elementary School, received the low grade of “Level Three.” This was disheartening, but not because I have any doubt about the quality of …

Susan B. Allan: When it comes to snakes, ‘city’ people don’t know ‘country’ life

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: I am writing in regards to the proposal by the state Division of Fisheries & Wildlife to make a “sanctuary” for venomous timber rattlesnakes on an island in the Quabbin Reservoir. I personally think if the state has so much money to spare to save …

Thomas F. Plaut, M.D.: The dollars make sense behind Medicare for All

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: Your family spends $10,000 for food each year. But you could get all that food free if you agree to pay a $5,000 tax hike. You could save $5,000. Would you do it? It’s the same as Medicare for All. Thomas F. Plaut, M.D. Amherst …

Mary-Elizabeth Connly: The right, and wrong, way to act when a vehicle hits someone’s cat or dog

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: On Jan. 21, a motor vehicle hit my cat, Liffey, on Clement Street and he was left there to die. The operator of the vehicle should have had the decency to stop. According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 272, Section 80H, “The operator of a …

Chris and DeAnne Riddle: Let’s rename Amherst ‘Hitchcock, Massachusetts’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: Now that we all agree that Lord Jeffery Amherst’s life does not warrant his serving as the mascot for Amherst College sports, maybe the same logic would suggest we change the name of the town and the college. We suggest Hitchcock, Massachusetts, and Hitchcock College. …

Paul Redstone: Moved by NHS student’s guest column on racism

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I would like to thank Northampton High School student Zion Barbour for the guest column “Waking up to racism’s wounds” (Gazette, Jan. 27). It is an excellent thought-provoking discussion highlighting individual responsibility in the face of injustice in our society. His remarks make clear that …

Jim Cahillane: Northampton of today owes a lot to Ralph Levy

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I was saddened to read of Ralph Levy’s death. Ralph was a longtime proponent of civic improvement in our home city of Northampton. In 1955 he knocked on my parents’ front door to ask me to join him and other young men in forming a …

William Knightly: Quabbin doesn’t need rattlers but Bunker Hill might

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: I can just imagine that the good people of Dana, Prescott, Greenwich and Enfield would be thrilled to know that the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has “hatched” a plan to breed and raise 150 timber rattlesnakes until they are good and strong and …

Richard Cooper: Ralph Levy will be missed by many in Northampton area

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: Ralph Levy will be remembered and missed by many in the area. Perhaps he touched your life when you shopped at Harry Daniel’s getting your gym uniform in the ’60s. Maybe you remember him from the Circle Players, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, NHS Theater …

Ann Stauble: Gazette headline about rape trial missed point of the story

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: What an inappropriate front page headline, “Witness says rape defendant told her sex was consensual” in your Jan. 27 edition. Aren’t headlines intended to capture the main point of the article? There are a multitude of paragraphs describing witnesses testifying that the woman, who claims …