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Jeff Zesiger: Traffic light still causing backups on Damon Road

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I had time to wonder about the long line of cars on Damon Road as I sat waiting for the new light to turn at Industrial Drive. There may be an easy solution for the traffic that backs up there. The light is set to stay red for traffic coming from the bridge even when traffic entering from Industrial Drive also has a red light. The same …

Peggy B. Anderson: Bicycle path signs near Notch cause confusion

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: This time I am not writing about the things which are at the top of my list, such as our need to truly address climate change by not using dirty, fracked gas in new pipelines when we need to be addressing our energy needs via renewable resources. Nor am I writing about my current number-two desire to see a reduced …

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 find more money to be able to put on the table.” Yet according to publicly …

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Brenda Kennedy Davies: Complete an act of earth kindness for Earth Day

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: The snow has finally melted and spring bulbs are emerging. Alongside this beauty, we begin to notice the extensive roadside trash, once hidden under snow cover. This trash in not only an eyesore, but it attracts more trash. Plastic bags stuck in trees cause problems …

Herbert T. Abelson: Airline’s disregard for passenger safety in France crash a concern

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: The most recent commercial air tragedy in France is startling for the calculated, callous murder of passengers and crew by a deranged co-pilot. Almost as troubling is the apparent disregard for passengers and crew safety exhibited by the parent airline Lufthansa. However, this may be …

Margaret Humbert-Droz: In search of memories of old to tell story of Union Street jail

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: As a resident of Northampton’s former Union Street jail — now grandly called Coolidge Park Condominiums — I am closely involved with the condo association’s efforts to save its massive granite steps and to maintain these historically and socially notable buildings. We have compiled extensive …

Sandy Sladen: Appreciates clear and forceful editorial on Route 9 Diner

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: Thank you so much for your clear and forceful editorial regarding the Route 9 Diner. I appreciate how clear you were about where the responsibility lies for the harassment that occurred in the past and for what has occurred to current employees as a result …

Dane Kuttler: Young at Heart performance with inmates moves writer to sing

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To the editor: The Young at Heart Chorus performed recently at the Academy of Music, which is arguably the fanciest venue we have in Northampton. They sang Talking Heads, James Brown, Tom Waits, Charles Wright and N.W.A, Fugazi, Marc Anthony and Bob Dylan, among other equally eclectic artists. …

John Howard: South Hadley utility is not embracing alternative energy

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To the editor: A few months ago I read a news article about a woman driving to Amherst. In Holyoke she saw a brighter kind of street lighting. She crossed a bridge and the lights became the old darker type. Then she got to Amherst and they were …

Suzanne Cordes: Supports Awad for commissioner post at South Hadley Electric

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: On April 14 South Hadley Electric Light Department ratepayers will have an opportunity to vote for change that is desperately needed on the current board. Anne Awad will be the catalyst for change. Awad will bring integrity, experience, intelligence, discernment and transparency to a board …

Paul Garvey: Strong spring leaves Red Sox poised for success this season

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: I have words of encouragement for Red Sox fans who did not have a chance to visit spring training in Fort Myers in March. The 2015 edition of the Sox will be one of the best hitting teams in baseball this year. The addition of …

Jennifer Matoney: Writer questions Gazette’s coverage of a suicide

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: I was deeply dismayed by your coverage last month of the death of an Amherst resident. The article was a follow-up story revealing that the cause of death, which took place in September 2014, was suicide. First, I’m not sure why this information was considered …

Charles Schmid: Age discrimination is real for older people out of work

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: You are 55 and older, have lost your job and things have gone downhill. You have worked 12 years for one company and have limited skills. Some people go to a career center and suddenly find that they don’t know where to begin. They want …