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Don Schneier: Plenty of problems with Northampton BID

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: If, as the Gazette describes it in its Nov. 17 editorial, the BID was operating under a “legal cloud,” it was one of their own making, a product of overreach. But the problems were more than legal. They were moral: imposing an ethos of commercialism on citizens, requiring the constraint of conviviality by self-interested purposefulness. They were political: a conflation of plutocracy and democracy, as exemplified by …

Anne Perkins: Applauding whistle-blowing waitresses in Hadley

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to applaud the waitresses who had the courage to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner. Sadly, whistle-blowers are rarely honored in our society. Although I personally do not know Marie Billiel, Jaime Young or any of the other nine women who described their experiences of harassment, what I read rings …

Meghan Sharick: Amherst adults not showing proper respect at meeting

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: Respect: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. Respect has been on the list of classroom expectations since kindergarten; respect is demanded of us from a very young age and should continue to be demanded of us as teenagers, young adults and adults. I attended a recent Amherst School …

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Bill Diamond: Time is now to voice your concern on pipeline

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: I, like many others, am concerned about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline across Massachusetts. This is gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing. Most of the gas will be transported all the way across the state and some of it will be exported to other countries. The …

Raymond T. DeMeo: Does not understand arguments against BID

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: I don’t understand the motivations, political, legal and personal, that underlie the fight against the Business Improvement District. I haven’t read the legal briefs. My knowledge is based on articles in the Gazette, anecdotes and what I see downtown. What I see is a downtown …

Charles Schmid: Older workers face awful uncertainty

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: Stores, grocery warehouses, factories and other businesses now “outsource” for labor. People who work a long time for a place can suddenly be booted. Take the man who has worked in Hatfield at a grocery warehouse in security for over 10 years. Then all of …

Leslie di Curcio: Big Brothers, Big Sisters thanks all who help this program

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: This past Halloween, a Masquerade Bowl-a-thon again benefited Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hampshire County. The money raised helps to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to local children in need of positive adult influence and friendship. BBBS has a proven track record. The Center for …

Judith Fine: Grateful to have had Dan Yacuzzo as a friend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: It has been several weeks since Dan Yacuzzo transitioned to his next chapter. His is a loss that the downtown community, and all who support us, feel deeply and with much sorrow. His death leaves a hollow feeling inside those who called him friend, family, …

Heather Hunt: Gazette editorial wrong on tariff decision for pipeline

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: The Oct. 29 editorial “Sales pitches tool up on need for natural gas pipeline,” told readers to connect the dots before believing messages in connection with a natural gas pipeline. The editorial’s representation of facts included several errors. New England has serious power system challenges …

Jimmy Burgoff: How about using some common sense when driving?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To the editor: As I was driving my son to the high school recently, I noticed a new road sign at the base of Triangle Street in Amherst. It reads, “No Turn On Red.” I believe putting up this sign will cause traffic congestion that is entirely unnecessary. …

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 …