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The Northampton Police Department patrol man Brian Letzeisen, left, and patrol man Nick Dementrion, right, walk on the Northampton Bikeway on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Kristepher Severy: Castigates Gazette for 'propaganda'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette’s July 8th article “Downtown Beat” ignored the many homeowners and residents who are opposed to increased police presence downtown, and such bland treatment of such a serious matter amounted to passive propaganda for the police on behalf of business owners. The police, business owners (many of whom are not Northampton residents), the BID and especially … 0

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: I was thinking about the immigration problems we are having and have the following observations. 1. People who say put them on a bus and send them back are just ignorant. No one and no country wants to be known for that giant blunder, if we were stupid enough to … 4

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: People who care about animals across the state are waiting to see what Massachusetts senators do about bill S. 2232, a measure to help protect newborn calves and mother pigs from harsh confinement. I personally am looking to my senator, Stanley Rosenberg, to take action on this important bill; as … 4

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Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Joseph Tarantino: Government ‘security blanket’ feels oppressive

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: “The folks who rant about government tyranny confuse me.” So admits John Sheirer in his latest Gazette column July 14, a column that begins by invoking the July 4 holiday no less. Apparently the values of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers … 0

Charles LaPiene: Liberal reaction to Hobby Lobby 'hysterical' 'Why place the burden on me for their choice?

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: Readers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette who moaned and groaned piously at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision should think about their hysterical reaction. To imply, as they have done, that the decision is “really … 14

William Jastromb: Uninformed voters a threat to America’s future

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: One debate raging in the U.S. is a joy to witness. No, it is not the debate between the progressive and liberal Democratic Party and the do-nothing and know-nothing Republican Party. The debate is between the Republican Party and the tea party as respective political … 3

Sally Pick: ‘Compromise’ bill takes wrong turn on photovoltaics

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MONTAGUE — I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity produced by photovoltaics. Massachusetts House Bill 4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses and community solar — endangering local jobs and limiting … 2

William and Norma Coli: Bill before House would reduce affordability of PV systems in Massachusetts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHARLEMONT — We are disappointed with the recent release of House 4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that is co-chaired by state Sen. Benjamin Downing. Our disappointment starts with the back-room approach that seems to have been taken, whereby large … 0

MaryAnn Grim: Public comment policy in Amherst in place since 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to your recent editorial regarding the public comment portion of the June 24 joint Amherst, Pelham and Amherst Regional School Committees meeting: School committee meetings are not public forums — they are working meetings with usually very full agendas. For this reason, School … 1

Al Griggs: Agrees with editorial on nonprofits in area

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I write to commend you for the editorial on July 9 that highlighted the importance of leaders and leadership of nonprofits in our region. I was particularly pleased that you wrote about Lora Wondolowski and the excellent job she is doing as executive director of … 0

Henry W. Rosenberg: ‘Hell on wheels’ — where the term comes from

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: Residents of North Street and Market Street are not the first people to question the presence of a railroad workers’ camp. They might be interested to know the origin of the expression “hell on wheels.” In the 1860s when the transcontinental railroad was being constructed, … 0

Lee Sproull, Tess Poe: Thanks for Home Magazine article on quilting

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editors: Thank you for running the article “Modern Quilters Put a Fresh Spin on an Old Tradition” in this month’s Home Magazine. Many readers may not know that the national Modern Quilt Guild’s Los Angeles roots have reached Northampton: our local chapter, the Northampton Modern Quilt … 0

Jan Klausner-Wise: Hoping initiative will help Amherst heal wounds

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I have lived in Amherst for 41 years. In all that time I cannot recall a more polarizing and toxic climate in town. Many of the issues the schools are now tackling are ones that were addressed in the 1990s by the board of the … 3