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Dorothy Hurley: Extravaganja should not be welcome in Northampton

Sunday, February 14, 2016

To the editor: Will someone please tell me why we plan to bring a drug event into Northampton? Namely the marijuana get-together known as Extravaganja, at the Three County Fairgrounds. It is seeking a new location after being told by the town of Amherst it can no longer gather on the town common. We are paying all kinds of money to stop the use of drugs. I’d love to have …

Robert Kaddy: Sunday hunting ban should stand in Massachusetts

Sunday, February 14, 2016

To the editor: I oppose the Sunday hunting bill filed by state Sen. Anne Gobi. The bill will be going to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means Committee soon. This legislation would allow bow hunting on Sundays. I feel that this bill is unnecessary since hunters have six days during the week to hunt during hunting season. Not only do the animals …

Juliana M. Dupre: Increasing vehicle speeds on Amherst streets imperil residents

Sunday, February 14, 2016

To the editor: Scott Merzbach’s recent article regarding traffic on South East Street in Amherst is an important one and concerned citizens in Amherst should take it to heart. This is not a one-street problem. Many quiet old peaceful farm roads in Amherst have become fast short-cut routes for people heading to UMass or the Hadley malls, late as usual. Walkers, school children, …

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Jim Cahillane: Northampton of today owes a lot to Ralph Levy

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I was saddened to read of Ralph Levy’s death. Ralph was a longtime proponent of civic improvement in our home city of Northampton. In 1955 he knocked on my parents’ front door to ask me to join him and other young men in forming a …

William Knightly: Quabbin doesn’t need rattlers but Bunker Hill might

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: I can just imagine that the good people of Dana, Prescott, Greenwich and Enfield would be thrilled to know that the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has “hatched” a plan to breed and raise 150 timber rattlesnakes until they are good and strong and …

Richard Cooper: Ralph Levy will be missed by many in Northampton area

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: Ralph Levy will be remembered and missed by many in the area. Perhaps he touched your life when you shopped at Harry Daniel’s getting your gym uniform in the ’60s. Maybe you remember him from the Circle Players, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, NHS Theater …

Ann Stauble: Gazette headline about rape trial missed point of the story

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: What an inappropriate front page headline, “Witness says rape defendant told her sex was consensual” in your Jan. 27 edition. Aren’t headlines intended to capture the main point of the article? There are a multitude of paragraphs describing witnesses testifying that the woman, who claims …

Mitch Sieser: Flint water crisis an issue of class, not race

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: The Associated Press article, “Would Flint have suffered a water crisis if it were wealthier, whiter?” appearing in the Gazette on Jan. 22, attempts to frame the Flint water crisis along racial lines as blame is almost exclusively assigned to the Republican governor of Michigan. …

Dan Ziomek: Did Amherst go overboard on Storm Jonas preparation?

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: Winter Storm Jonas was a blockbuster of a storm for much of the east coast. Up to two feet of snow and howling winds were common from Washington, D.C., to New York City, and even much of Cape Cod. But here in western Massachusetts, forecasters …

Ryan Mihaly: A mountain’s name can be changed, and so can a college’s

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: The Washington Redskins should change their name, the Cleveland Indians should change their name and Amherst College should one day change its name. Dropping Lord Jeff as its mascot is a major victory for the school’s activists who demanded the change, and I applaud the …

Walter Krzeminski: Time for Belichick to relinquish on-field head coaching

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is one of the best directors of player personnel in major professional sports, creating title contending rosters year after year while managing his salary cap restrictions almost miraculously. Belichick’s on-field head coaching abilities have declined immensely (useless trick …

Emma Buckley: We are one country. Let’s find that common ground

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: I’m writing to share my opinion on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address. As a college student, I was happy to hear President Obama talk about issues like his effort for affordable college, protecting kids from gun violence and raising the minimum wage. …

Laura Fitch: Thankful for community’s rescue by Amherst Water Department staff

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: Thank you to the Amherst Water Department. Two Sundays ago, just in time for dinner and dishes, the water pressure dropped and emails started flying around our community asking “what’s with the water pressure?” It wasn’t long before we learned that a water main was …