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Ruth Ever: Plenty of local resources to support healthy youth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the two-page spread in the Sept. 23 Gazette about how informed parents are the best prevention. Parents should also know about the local prevention coalitions that are great resources, in addition to the national online sources you listed. Easthampton, South Hadley, Greenfield, Gill-Montague, Springfield and Northampton all have Drug-Free Communities grants from the federal government and collaborate with community partners to support healthy youth …

Bonnie Prosciak-Harrison: Can’t believe cemetery thieves would stoop so low

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I wrote a letter to the editor at the end of May about the heathens who were stealing flowers and decorations from the gravesites at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton. These vandals have struck again! It is disheartening to know that people in today’s society lower themselves to be dishonest and have no dignity or respect for those who are …

Lawrence Siddall: Amherst planning shake-up could be welcome change

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest the Sept. 24 article about a shake-up in the Amherst Planning Department, in which the department’s new interim director, Christine Brestrup, promises “more outreach to residents.” This is surely good news. I hope that with more community input, ungainly building projects such as the Kendrick Place apartments can be avoided. Clearly this structure is too large …

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Denise Barberet: Amherst Charter Commission proponents want to create city

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: Do you like the changes you see in downtown Amherst? Do you like Boltwood Place, the large white cube behind Judie’s? Do you like Kendrick Place, the brick wedge on Triangle Street? Are you happy that the small, home-grown businesses of the Carriage Shops will …

Irwin Spiegelman: Creation of a charter commission in Amherst is simply a power grab

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: I urge those of us who are supporters of Town Meeting not to sign petitions for a Charter Commission now being circulated by the Amherst for All Committee. You might be an Amherst voter who is troubled by high property taxes, and by a school …

C.M. Smith: Town Meeting is an effective form of democracy for Amherst

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: It is interesting to note that the group Amherst for All that is trying to abolish Town Meeting is led by the same folks who tried unsuccessfully to rezone their properties to allow for the building of an apartment complex in a residential neighborhood. Coincidence? …

Nick Grabbe: Ten reasons why Amherst should study new forms of government

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: In response to a letter writer in the Sept. 19 Gazette who said changing Amherst’s town government is a bad idea, here are 10 reasons why the town should create a commission to consider alternatives to the current form of government: 1. There’s little discussion …

Paul M. Craig: No matter what action we take, earth will continue to change

Sunday, September 27, 2015

To the editor: We can stop wasting time arguing whether human activity caused climate change. The one ineluctable regularity of earth’s climate is its continual change. From the beginning 4.6 billion years ago, the interplay of land, water, air and fire in gravitational and electromagnetic fields created the …

R. Allen Irvine: Hilltown churches to join forces for Syrian refugees

Sunday, September 27, 2015

To the editor: In addition to the benefit concert to aid Syrian refugees held Sunday in Northampton, another is planned next weekend. “Soup for Syria,” will take place in the Hilltowns Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Village Church on Main Street in Cummington. The event …

Michael Callahan: Offended by editorial’s mocking tone about beaver issue at lake

Sunday, September 27, 2015

To the editor: The Sept. 15 Gazette editorial regarding the Lake Fitzgerald beaver issue failed the public. In addition to incorrect information about the chain-link fence, the editor chose to mock the efforts of a committed group of Broad Brook Coalition and UMass volunteers, city officials and myself, …

John Bingham Munroe: Sad to hear about more shooting range controversy in ‘Burgy’

Sunday, September 27, 2015

To the editor: I speak as someone who grew up in Burgy years ago and still has a home on Village Hill Road near the area where there had been excessive gunfire at a nearby shooting range. I’m saddened by the news from friends and neighbors about the …

Rachel Wysoker: A call to visit independent shops like Serio’s Market

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: Fifteen months have passed since Christina Cavallari, the beloved owner of Serio’s Market, died unexpectedly on May 30, 2014. At the time, there was an outpouring of support for the business and for Gary Golec, Chris’s husband and business partner of 25 years. Like most …

Tamar Fields and Norbert Goldfield: Glad that Markey, Warren supported Iran nuclear deal

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: The U.S. Senate has voted to uphold the nuclear deal with Iran despite efforts from Republican senators to derail it. News websites and talk radio shows have been full of commentary about the agreement, which will successfully limit that country’s nuclear capabilities. With all that …