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James McDonald: Thanks Dan Yacuzzo for his work on city’s behalf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I attended the memorial service for Dan Yacuzzo at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. What an affirmation of his life it was. I came away with an awareness of how lucky this city has been to have a man like Dan working on its behalf. Northampton was the center of his working life and its well-being was his passion. Although he left us far too early, the time …

Amy Cohen: Route 9 Diner owner should have money go to nonprofits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I have been following the coverage of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner in Hadley and while I certainly agree that the current employees do not deserve to have their jobs jeopardized, people like myself, a former patron, need to see the owner, who says he was unaware of what was going on all those years, held accountable, in …

Robin Dizard: Help support area Abortion Rights Fund

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: The courageous and thoughtful Nov. 15 guest column by Emma Ayres about abortion brings out vital facts: women are entitled, by law, to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term, and decide to abort when they cannot in good conscience become mothers. Ayres calls out the perpetrators of the “sexist culture of shame.” We all know some of them: …

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Cole Gladstone: Proud that UMass community has banded together

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: The events that have transpired recently regarding the racist graffiti written in dorm buildings at UMass have been disturbing. The university as a whole may be large, but we are a close-knit community. We have the reputation of being one of the most accepting public …

Susan Adelson: Some questions concerning the Pulaski Park makeover

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: I agree that Pulaski Park needs a makeover, and I am delighted to know there are now funds allocated for this purpose. I have a few questions, though. Will children be allowed to splash in the proposed water garden on hot summer days? Will there …

William Mullin: Make sure you have backup battery with Comcast modem

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: Recently I received a message from Comcast, stating that they had upgraded the speed of their Internet connections “in my area” and that I needed to have a new modem to take advantage of the upgrade. They sent me a “Gateway” modem at no charge …

Mary Wyse: Fossil fuel divestment discussion for individuals

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: I want to draw your readers’ attention to an important coming panel discussion, Fossil Fuel Divestment: Does it Make Cents for You? This topic has been in the news lately as a strategy to reduce the power of coal, oil and gas companies, which are …

Sherri Acevedo: Challenges Barbara Love on just who is a racist

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: In response to the article “Speaker: Open airing of racism key to healing” in the Oct. 21 Daily Hampshire Gazette, I found it astounding that Barbara Love, professor emeritus of social justice at UMass Amherst, would state that “white people” are the only group that …

Faye Rapoport DesPres: Wishes Gannon column had been more educated and accurate

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: In his guest column, “Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict,” Joe Gannon uses a painful anti-Semitic incident (the burning of an Israeli flag outside a synagogue) to stoke anti-Semitic and anti-Israel fires by publicly reiterating common misconceptions regarding the complicated Middle …

John Berkowitz: Time to end huge fuel consumption by military

Friday, October 31, 2014

To the editor: Every day, fighter jets based at nearby air bases fly low over us, and those giant lumbering transport planes make a lot of noise too. I believe they must stop, and not just because of the noise. We simply can’t keep making war half-way around …

Yvonne Freccero: Homeless shelter seeks volunteers to help

Friday, October 31, 2014

To the editor: Today the Interfaith Emergency Homeless Shelter on Center Street in Northampton will be open for the winter season and many homeless people have been waiting eagerly. Volunteers have been busy making preparations, buying supplies, checking the bed linen, making the beds and teams have been …

John Ward: Vote for Steve Kulik on Nov. 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: Steve Kulik scored a victory for local solar PV system owners and the community at large when he protected equal access to solar PV from the destructive legislation proposed by large corporate interests. He has once again shown that his loyalties are with Main Street, …

Peter Vickery: Editorial failed to note other Blarney Blowout failures

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: After reading your Oct. 13 editorial (“Find right tone, tactics for policing in our times”), a reasonable reader could be forgiven for thinking that the sole focus of ex-commissioner Ed Davis’ Blarney Blowout report was …