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Emily DelVecchio: Swimmer, 10, hopes YMCA will keep the Dolphins team

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am a 10-year-old member of the Dolphins swim team and have been in the swimming program since I was 1. When I was younger, my hope was to make the team as I got older. Without a competitive team, other little kids wouldn’t have a team to look up to. I think that the YMCA should have a swim team for as long as possible. Emily …

Teresa Lee Dowd Hurlburt, 10: Young student loves environment, urges government to nix pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, my friends and I listen and look around for clues in nature for fun. I did …

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Architect excited to see Lin’s designs for Smith library

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am both pleased and excited that Maya Lin and the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to design the Smith College Neilson Library. These are both first-class firms with an amazing portfolio of world-class architectural and site design projects. Needless to say, I am looking forward to watching this “re-imagining and redesign” unfold over the next few …

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Carolyn Ahearn: Salaries of nonprofit executives serve to undermine their mission

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to an April 2 Gazette article detailing a Clinical and Support Options workers rally over contract negotiations in Northampton. Karin Jeffers, CSO’s president and chief executive officer, is quoted as saying, “We do feel we’ve given them a fair offer. We can’t …

Rosemary Kofler: Amherst Follies a success because of local support

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: On behalf of the Friends of the Amherst Senior Center I would like to express our thanks to all who contributed to the success of the Sixth Annual Amherst Follies on March 29, the variety show that benefited the services and programs at the Amherst …

J.M. Sorrell: High school should avoid text jargon on its new outdoor sign

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: A photo of the Northampton High School sign was on the Gazette’s front page earlier this month. While the controversy about having a lit sign in a residential neighborhood is happening, what I find most disturbing is the improper use of grammar on a high …

Patrick Boughan: Residents angry at rising bills should not blame local officials

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: I read a recent letter to the editor regarding Northampton’s stormwater fee with interest. The writer stated that the City Council established the stormwater fee “without consulting residents whatsoever.” I found it informative that, despite the city notifying everyone of the numerous stormwater fee public …

Ren Jewett, 9: To save the planet, we must change our behavior

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: I am very concerned about the environment and I am disgusted by pollution and animal cruelty, which is the reason I am writing this letter. The real reason pollution is happening is people never change their view to imagine themselves as a different species. For …

Jan M. Kopinto: It’s time to keep America beautiful again

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Whatever happened to keeping America beautiful? Is it no longer a priority to keep our roads, woods and parks free from trash? Drive on any local road and you will see plastic bags hanging in trees. This really only touches the surface. We need to …

Joe Lavallee: Hatfield town moderator urges residents to attend Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield’s annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, is just around the corner. It only takes 75 registered voters to have a quorum and thereby takes usually half, or 38 people, to pass most any issue or spending article. Well, the town budget and most …

Don Schneier: Columnist’s position is driven by market, not by people

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: All anyone needs to know about Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman’s perspective is one word from his April 7 column — “consumers.” His use of that word to refer to people undergoing medical treatment shows that to him, the doctor-patient relationship is one of vendor-potential source …

Nat Woodruff, Don DeGroot and Sanjay Arwade: Amherst residents appreciate chance to ski near home

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to John Coelho and the town of Amherst for the great cross country skiing at Cherry Hill Golf Course this winter. Coelho did a wonderful job grooming the snow, and having such good skiing so close to home is a big improvement to …

Judith Eiseman: Governor oversteps with order for large review of regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Charlie Baker seems ready to turn Massachusetts into one more dysfunctional state headed by a Republican governor. Executive Order 562 is an outrageous and ill-conceived disruption to the governing of a state already dealing with fewer employees in environmental and other agencies due to budget …