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Ruth Ever: Plenty of local resources to support healthy youth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the two-page spread in the Sept. 23 Gazette about how informed parents are the best prevention. Parents should also know about the local prevention coalitions that are great resources, in addition to the national online sources you listed. Easthampton, South Hadley, Greenfield, Gill-Montague, Springfield and Northampton all have Drug-Free Communities grants from the federal government and collaborate with community partners to support healthy youth …

Bonnie Prosciak-Harrison: Can’t believe cemetery thieves would stoop so low

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I wrote a letter to the editor at the end of May about the heathens who were stealing flowers and decorations from the gravesites at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton. These vandals have struck again! It is disheartening to know that people in today’s society lower themselves to be dishonest and have no dignity or respect for those who are …

Lawrence Siddall: Amherst planning shake-up could be welcome change

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest the Sept. 24 article about a shake-up in the Amherst Planning Department, in which the department’s new interim director, Christine Brestrup, promises “more outreach to residents.” This is surely good news. I hope that with more community input, ungainly building projects such as the Kendrick Place apartments can be avoided. Clearly this structure is too large …

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Edward J. Sayer: Musante’s vision will live on with health center at Bangs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Like everyone else, I am so deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of John Musante. I remember him not only for the effective leader he was but also specifically for his insight and vision with respect to partnering with the Hilltown Community Health …

David Katz: GOP candidates fail to live up to great Republican presidents

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: I learned much from watching the Republican presidential candidates debate on Sept. 16. According to Chris Christie, by supporting a woman’s right to choose whether to bear a child, Hillary Clinton is fostering “systemic murder.” Ben Carson would grant illegal immigrants a trial six-month “guest …

Andy Grant: Mount Toby Friends: Act fast on renewable energy initiatives

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: The Gazette article “Baker urges action on solar, energy bills,” on Sept. 11 speaks to the urgency of addressing climate change at the state level. Mount Toby Friends Meeting (Quaker) supports state action in moving as rapidly as possible to renewable energy. We agree with …

John Coster: Appalled that UMass leaders aren’t resolving WMUA dispute

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: As a musician who has appeared on WMUA’s “Celtic Crossings,” I cannot claim to be an unbiased observer of the disturbing events at the radio station this summer. I can say, however, that Louise Dunphy’s radio show and some of the other programming have elevated …

Ellenor M. Rennell: Grateful that ‘Book Man’ at Forbes will keep delivering

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you. What great news when the “Book Man” came with the happy news that he would continue delivering books on behalf of Forbes Library. I would like to thank the person, or persons, who made this possible. Ellenor M. Rennell …

Bernie Bachand: Likes old school when it comes to dressing for school

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: In my day when you went into a restaurant or a public place and you were wearing a cap, you always “uncovered.” In the Sept. 16 Gazette there is a photo of a young man at Northampton High School in a videography class with his …

Jamie Kent: City’s summer concert series wraps up another great season

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: This summer marked another successful year of bringing free concerts to downtown Northampton. Since our launch in 2012, we’ve seen great growth every year. This summer the weather gods were with us, the crowds were the biggest yet and the music was fantastic. Thank you …

Suzanne Whitman: Burke Chevrolet shows that customer service still rules

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: Good old-fashioned customer service is still alive and well at Burke Chevrolet in Northampton. The day after Labor Day I was at Burke having some work done when an older woman entered the dealership’s service department frantic. She told them her truck battery had been …

Joseph Blumenthal: Worried leading Republicans for president haven’t held office

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: It is very worrisome to me that none of the three leading candidates (at the moment) for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 have ever held public office. Shouldn’t that lack of experience in the public sphere automatically disqualify Trump, Carson and Fiorina? Joseph Blumenthal …

Jane Lyon and Lucy J. Tirk: Broken children welfare system long overdue for transparency

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: The time for transparency is overdue. No new task forces or committees to write another report and make more of the same recommendations as the myriad reports that have been written in the last 18 to 24 months. The public must know how will things …