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Jessica Mix Barrington: The one-way solution for North Amherst road travel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: As mentioned in a July 17 article, Amherst town planners are consulting with residents to create a plan to solve the problems for cars traveling south on Montague Road at the Sunderland Road/Montague Road intersection at the library in North Amherst. Several years ago, a consulting firm met with residents and came up with four plans which call for buying property and creating new road patterns and …

Anne Vaillant: Birth control, pregnancy risks more complicated than letter-writer suggests

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to a July 27 letter (“Death highlights risk of birth control side effects”) that includes this: “Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young woman or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is.” In fact, a worse (and significantly more likely) outcome would be bypassing the birth control, getting pregnant …

Hill Boss: ‘Delightful’ students outnumber those who are bigoted

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: The Carolyn Gardner story has gone far enough. The outrageous $180,000 settlement that Gardner will receive from the taxpayers of the Amherst-Pelham school district should have put the issue to bed, but it didn’t. Now the self-appointed and self-serving “Justice for Carolyn” committee continues to fan the flames by protesting that the terms of the settlement should have been kept …

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Barbara Sharp: First Amendment will always trump feelings of offense

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: In his July 10 column, “Flag down on this play”, Gazette columnist John Paradis related his experience of seeing a woman on the 4th of July wearing a T-shirt depicting the American flag upside down, or in distress mode. He reacted strongly, stating “I’m all …

Marian Geller, Kamas Choi, and Joe and Michelle Squires: Please make ‘truck-invested’ speedway in Northampton safe

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: We have spoken with Department of Public Works, the Transportation and Parking Commission, the mayor, Coca-Cola Co., Northampton police, the Gazette, and lastly, the City Council. We’ve obtained a traffic calming report, offered to purchase speed bumps, and put up street signs. Here’s our question: …

Sasha Nyary and Lily Ruderman: Northampton High students will miss Moynihan’s presence

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: We were distressed and saddened to read of the recent death of Jo-Anne Moynihan, or Joey, who worked at Northampton High School. As the first person we saw when we went to the office, she was always cheerful, friendly, warm and helpful. She represented the …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: Upside down flags are a signal of distress, not desecration

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: An upside down national flag is used as a signal of distress throughout the world. It is not the same as “desecrating” the flag, as Gazette columnist John Paradis suggested in his July 10 column, “Flag down on this play.” Years ago, people living on …

Eric Broudy: Amherst showing a shared commitment to arts, culture

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: Amherst residents and business owners are speaking up for the arts in Amherst, as chronicled in the Gazette July 1. This support was made clear in a series of six focus groups that the Amherst Public Art Commission held in early June. While the article …

Diego Irizarry-Gerould: Lessons in responsible drinking must start early

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: In response to the recent letter headlined “We are witnessing tragedy of uncontrolled drinking,” I suggest that while excessive alcohol use among college students is a serious problem, prohibition is not the answer. Nor is adult supervision, however discreet. As a recent college graduate, I …

Chet and Elaine Cichaski: Childs Park beautiful thanks to its hard workers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: My wife and I have the pleasure of walking through Childs Park every day. A real nice walk it is. The beauty of the park is the result of the attention that is given to it by the workers there: Don, Tom, Bob, Manny, Don …

Mindy Domb: Compassion now core value at Amherst Survival Center

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: On Monday, July 6, the world celebrated the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. At the Amherst Survival Center, we received a great gift from the Amherst Regional Tibetan Association which honored the day by preparing, serving and enjoying a festive lunch …

Eleanor Herman: Flag at Nashawannuck Pond does not stand for beauty of nature

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: There have been many letters in favor of keeping the flag on display in front of Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton, and a few which suggest it obscures the natural beauty of the pond and surroundings. The writers most always associate the flag with honoring our …

Donald Mathison: Book on B-17 crash Mount Tom crash honors those who died

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: Reading in a recent Gazette about a public gathering to mark the anniversary of the B-17 crash on Mount Tom on July 9, 1946, I was reminded of the book “We Don’t Cry for Heroes.” It was written by Franklin Davidson Loehr to honor the …