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James McDonald: Thanks Dan Yacuzzo for his work on city’s behalf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I attended the memorial service for Dan Yacuzzo at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. What an affirmation of his life it was. I came away with an awareness of how lucky this city has been to have a man like Dan working on its behalf. Northampton was the center of his working life and its well-being was his passion. Although he left us far too early, the time …

Amy Cohen: Route 9 Diner owner should have money go to nonprofits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I have been following the coverage of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner in Hadley and while I certainly agree that the current employees do not deserve to have their jobs jeopardized, people like myself, a former patron, need to see the owner, who says he was unaware of what was going on all those years, held accountable, in …

Robin Dizard: Help support area Abortion Rights Fund

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: The courageous and thoughtful Nov. 15 guest column by Emma Ayres about abortion brings out vital facts: women are entitled, by law, to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term, and decide to abort when they cannot in good conscience become mothers. Ayres calls out the perpetrators of the “sexist culture of shame.” We all know some of them: …

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Maxine J. Stein: Make sure you thank a veteran today and every day

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day, today, Nov. 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military. These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks …

Natalia Muñoz: Northampton tax program is plain wrong

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: Asking seniors and veterans to work — and for a measly $10 an hour — as “volunteers” so that the city reduce their property taxes by up to $1,000 may be a great option for some people, but not most. This program penalizes the grandmother …

Vanessa Adel: Children should not be trained in “lockdowns”

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: During dinner recently, my 6-year-old asked: “What’s a lockdown?” Her 9-year-old sister replied: “It’s when you practice if someone bad comes to the school. Like if someone wanted to kill everybody with a gun. They lock the doors and you sit together and you have …

Bill Diamond: Time is now to voice your concern on pipeline

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: I, like many others, am concerned about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline across Massachusetts. This is gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing. Most of the gas will be transported all the way across the state and some of it will be exported to other countries. The …

Raymond T. DeMeo: Does not understand arguments against BID

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: I don’t understand the motivations, political, legal and personal, that underlie the fight against the Business Improvement District. I haven’t read the legal briefs. My knowledge is based on articles in the Gazette, anecdotes and what I see downtown. What I see is a downtown …

Charles Schmid: Older workers face awful uncertainty

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: Stores, grocery warehouses, factories and other businesses now “outsource” for labor. People who work a long time for a place can suddenly be booted. Take the man who has worked in Hatfield at a grocery warehouse in security for over 10 years. Then all of …

Leslie di Curcio: Big Brothers, Big Sisters thanks all who help this program

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: This past Halloween, a Masquerade Bowl-a-thon again benefited Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hampshire County. The money raised helps to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to local children in need of positive adult influence and friendship. BBBS has a proven track record. The Center for …

Judith Fine: Grateful to have had Dan Yacuzzo as a friend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: It has been several weeks since Dan Yacuzzo transitioned to his next chapter. His is a loss that the downtown community, and all who support us, feel deeply and with much sorrow. His death leaves a hollow feeling inside those who called him friend, family, …

Heather Hunt: Gazette editorial wrong on tariff decision for pipeline

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: The Oct. 29 editorial “Sales pitches tool up on need for natural gas pipeline,” told readers to connect the dots before believing messages in connection with a natural gas pipeline. The editorial’s representation of facts included several errors. New England has serious power system challenges …

Jimmy Burgoff: How about using some common sense when driving?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: As I was driving my son to the high school recently, I noticed a new road sign at the base of Triangle Street in Amherst. It reads, “No Turn On Red.” I believe putting up this sign will cause traffic congestion that is entirely unnecessary. …