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Leslie H. Higgins: Vote out Northampton councilors for approving plastic bag ban

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I thank Gazette reporter Dan Crowley for noting that Northampton’s single-use plastic bag ban was passed unanimously by the City Council. Most of the time, I think the anti-incumbent rage that animates many voters come the first Tuesday in November unjustified, as it can cast off the good people who hold office along with the bad. In Northampton’s local elections this year, though, it will be different. …

Sarah Buttenwieser: Bidwell the perfect candidate to represent Ward 2 on council

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: I’m supporting Dennis Bidwell for the Northampton’s Ward 2 City Council seat Paul Spector is vacating after wonderful years of service. Here’s why I’m delighted to support Bidwell: he’s smart, he’s kind, he’s a doer, he’s fair and he’s a team player, something I learned while working with him on fundraising and planning for the National Priorities Project. But more …

John Riley: Newspaper used word ‘crescendo’ correctly in boardwalk headline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

To the editor: In a May 21 letter to the editor, a reader finds fault with the use of the word “crescendo” to indicate a high point. “Coming to Crescendo” screamed the headline in an article about the completion of the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk. The use of the word “crescendo” to indicate a climax or high point is well documented in both literature …

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Suzanne Meserve: Postpartum depression program needs to reach more mothers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a parent educator at Baystate Medical Center, I know that one in seven mothers will experience postpartum depression (PPD). I see this in the women I care for in the Baystate New Beginnings postpartum support program for new parents. PPD can have a lasting …

Robert Price: Axia answers letter writer’s questions about South Hadley service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: We wish to provide some perspective and clarity to a recent letter that appeared in the Gazette. The author cites comments and concerns about Axia NetMedia Corp.’s intentions in South Hadley. The prices for Axia’s services mentioned in the letter are correct. The monthly residential …

Laurie García: Why a Mother’s Day advertisement made an unsupportable claim

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a teacher for many years, I am often tempted to correct the many mistakes I see and hear outside of the classroom, especially when grammar is involved. I want to write or call ad agencies or media sources, but I usually do not take …

Jonathan Stevens: WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners To the editor: In regards to the Gazette’s story, “UMass gets a new station head,” as a business supporter of WMUA’s annual fund-drive and as an avid music listener, I am appalled at the treatment of Glenn Siegel and Max Shea …

David Lusteg: What ethics should guide those who video police activities?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: On May 6, I witnessed an incident at the bus stop at Pulaski Park. Around 6:10 p.m. I saw three uniformed police officers questioning a man sitting on a bench. At one point it was obvious the police were going to arrest the gentleman and …

David Gowler: Changes at WMUA will make station much less interesting

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AMHERST — At radio station WMUA, as I understand it, Glenn Siegel has been temporarily re-assigned as student advisor, based on an “investigation.” Program producer Max Shea has been banished from the station, apparently without redress. Both actions have been taken without any charges being filed or any …

Nat Reade: Northampton father, business owner to run for school board

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I am writing today to announce that I am running for the Northampton School Committee as an at-large candidate. I have had two sons in our public schools for the past 10 years, and they have had great experiences at Bridge Street Elementary School, JFK …

Dr. Stephen A. Eipper: Doctor recommends using DEET to keep ticks away

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see Pete Reddington’s article “It’s Tick Time” in recent issues of the Gazette and the Recorder. It certainly is that time of year. As adult ticks become active, we’re now seeing many people with deer tick bites in our urgent care …

Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Longtime doctor with office on Nonotuck says speeding too much

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see a recent letter about speeding on Nonotuck Street. Having had an office on Nonotuck for 40 years, I have often seen westbound drivers accelerate after reaching the top of the hill, and I have thought there should be an extra …

Ed Stockman: Glyphosate found in many foods we eat remains a concern

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In late March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the research arm of the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and many other herbicidal products, a “probable carcinogen.” Ironically, in 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency quietly raised the …