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Penny Johnson: City’s plan to ask nonprofits for ‘voluntary payments’ is unwise

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: The city of Northampton’s intent to demand “voluntary payments” from Smith College, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Hampshire Regional YMCA, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, ServiceNet, Lathrop Home, the People’s Institute, Northampton Community Arts, Historic Northampton, Hill Institute and the Elks Lodge is short-sighted in the extreme. These are organizations which enrich the community, offering educational, artistic and caring services to us all. There is a good …

Joann M. Griswold: Media incites copycat attacks when it names mass shooters

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: “Ore. gunman studied mass shootings.” When your editors thought about this heading for the Oct. 3-4 front page item, did they give any consideration to the idea of the inappropriateness of the focus on the shooter? I would assume they are professional journalists, and within that designation do due diligence regarding research. Even just reading past accounts that were shooter …

David Santos: Reade will bring commitment, ideas to School Committee

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: As the father of a son at Bridge Street School, I have been fortunate to see Nat Reade in action. Reade and his wife Michaela were fixtures at Bridge Street while their son Charley was a student there. They are the type of parents that every school needs: sensitive, intelligent and committed about the education of their sons and all …

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Michael Harris: Proposed changes at housing authority are sorely needed

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The recent articles in the Gazette regarding Cara Clifford, the new executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, have been negative, judgemental and based on information from employees affected by the organizational change due to their positions being eliminated. I wanted to comment as a …

Dr. Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Studies shows states jumped gun on medical marijuana

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the question about the effectiveness of medical marijuana raised in a Sept. 15 Gazette article, two medical literature reviews on the subject were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, one by a team of 13 authors in Bristol, England, …

G. Dixon: Lack of parking, filing fees at courthouse outrageous

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: This does indeed stink. Why aren’t Hampshire Superior Court jurors given either an assigned parking space or a day pass? Because it subsidizes the court system? Come on! Do we have one government, or is each a separate fiefdom? Furthermore, isn’t the filing fee for …

Paul Slater: Perhaps Kentucky clerk can cast stones after all

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps we should bear in mind that Kim Davis of Kentucky may be without sin and therefor able to cast stones as she sees fit. Paul Slater Northampton …

Joe Lavallee: Councilors should not have taken sides before union vote

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hotel Northampton vote is over, it seemed wrong for some members of the City Council to openly take sides during this stressful time for all involved. The hotel is a gem in the city and has been a very supportive participant for …

Margaret Miller: Commends young band members for speaking out

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: I am dismayed and disappointed by the conclusion of the Gazette’s Sept. 23 editorial entitled “Battle of words follows battle of teen bands.” The “talented youngsters” and their parents, whom you criticize, did not choose to start a “crusade.” The young women involved sought to …

Tony Redington: Concerns over pedestrian safety at roundabout are unfounded

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: The concern over pedestrian safety at the proposed Amherst roundabout at Triangle and East Pleasant streets must be dismissed. Single-lane roundabouts are safe for walkers. Research shows single-laners reduce pedestrian death rates by about 90 percent, as well as lower the severity of injuries. With …

Rebekah Madera: Northampton School Committee needs Baird’s experience, passion

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Please accept my highest recommendation to elect Tom Baird of 37 Drewsen Drive, in Florence, to the Northampton School Committee (Ward 6). I am a Northampton resident deeply invested in the public schools with a child in them myself. Baird and I taught professionally at …

Edward Keefe: Iron ‘monstrosity’ on courthouse lawn should come down

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hampshire County Courthouse has been refurbished at great expense, I think it is time to remove the large iron monstrosity from the front lawn. It has no historical meaning, and I cannot see where it has artistic value. Edward Keefe Leeds …

Mary L. Wentworth: Columnist should not overlook power of a Sanders campaign

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: In his monthly column on Sept. 21, Don Robinson states flat out that neither Sanders nor Trump can win the White House next year. The arguments that are supposed to close off this possibility for Sanders are the same ones made by the Democratic Party …