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Cynthia Clayton Parent: End-of-life decisions must not be compromised

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: I write in response to your recent headline: “On her terms: Lee Hawkins dies peacefully — as planned — in Northampton home at 90.” Many people will agree that the “as planned” is a great step forward in exercising our individual rights as Americans. However, death by starvation and the lack of water is not the happy and “peaceful” end we seek even if we thought we …

Arielle Ortiz: CASA volunteers make a difference in children’s lives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced in a short life. These moves can mean changing schools and leaving a town that feels familiar and the only family you know. It means being shuffled around an overburdened child welfare system with little …

Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by Landmark Properties. Not one individual from the town testified at public hearings in its support. …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Ben Hellerstein: Three towns deserve a lot of solar credit

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Chesterfield, Williamsburg and Whately deserve a lot of credit for their successful participation in the Solarize Massachusetts program (“Hilltown Voices: Solar signups deemed success,” Aug. 23). These communities are helping to lead the way towards a clean energy future in Massachusetts. Since 2008, Massachusetts’ solar …

Ryan O’Donnell: Northampton councilor urges citizen input on zoning issue

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: I hope Northampton residents will attend the zoning forum on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Recently, the City Council voted to extend a moratorium on building projects of seven or more units until the end of the year. I believe this was the …

Patty Kimura: Disagrees with columnist on Gov. Perry case

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I must respond to the guest column by Jay Ambrose (Gazette, Aug. 22), who suggests there is something noble and worthy in the defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is charged with two felonies by a Texas grand jury. I found his claim stunning. …

Bernadette and Emlen Jones: They’re voting for Berwick for governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: We met Don Berwick recently at a gathering in Amherst. He is running along with Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman for governor in the Democratic primary Sept. 9. We were so impressed we wanted to contact our friends and neighbors and encourage them to check …

Sidney Moss: Wants Berwick to be next governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I want a governor who has a populist approach emphasizing social justice, equality and compassion. I believe that Dr. Don Berwick will be that governor. His strong stance for single-payer medical care for Massachusetts can be a reality, reflecting his administrative leadership of the U.S. …

Mayor David J. Narkewicz: Northampton mayor will be voting for Grossman

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: On Tuesday, I will proudly cast my vote in the Democratic primary for Steve Grossman to be our next governor. Steve has a proven record as a progressive leader and job creator, whether as CEO of his successful family business or as our state treasurer. …

Kathleen Daly & Julie Kurose: Northampton should extend moratorium on certain development

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: We are a group of concerned neighbors residing in Wards 3 and 4 of Northampton who have formed an ad hoc committee to build awareness on a zoning issue mentioned in the Gazette this past spring (“As moratorium nears end, Northampton eyes new residential zoning …

Joel Spiro: Gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick is right choice, not only for Massachusetts

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: If not now, when? If not Massachusetts, where? Don Berwick is the only Democratic candidate for governor with the progressive values, proven national leadership and executive skills to tackle the critical issues facing the Commonwealth and the country. A large majority of Americans believe the … 2

John Bonifaz: The everyday magic that librarians perform

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: My daughter Marisol and I attended the North Amherst Library’s celebration Aug. 22 of the North Amherst Reading Club, which was held at the Mill River park. Each child who was a member of the club and had read at least 10 books this summer …

Nan Clark: Ox teamsters event not just for the menfolk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: The crew responsible for the Ox Teamster’s Challenge at the Cummington Fair really appreciates the educational article featured in Monday’s Gazette. It is important to add that the competition is not just for men and …