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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 for larger projects,” April 10). The moratorium refers to a hold on issuing building permits for larger residential projects while the Planning … 0

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 country is going in the wrong direction; pessimism reigns. With Berwick as governor, Massachusetts can … 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 won a book of his or her choice which the librarians presented at the party, … 0

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Carrie Hemenway: Wants a movie theater in Northampton

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Now that the former Honda dealership building has been razed, and they’re looking to develop the King Street property, how about constructing a movie theater? Now, you have to go to Amherst or other towns to catch a film, as no daily films play in … 5

William Brezinski: End 'Tax Free' shopping day and institute 'Tax those who don’t Pay Taxes Day'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: As we begin to cheer a “tax free” shopping day, let us look at this celebration. Since everyone is “tax free” shopping, business does not have a reason to lower prices. Since everyone is shopping; … 0

Stan Schapiro: Why can’t nation act like what Statue of Liberty claims?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To The editor: Thank you for the recent article “Honduran families deported back to a bleak future.” In it you paint a clear picture of a young Honduran mother of two, her treacherous journey to the U.S. and her deportation, without seeing a judge, back to her home … 9

Michael Dover: Bicyclist wants breaks in road pavement fixed

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: On Aug. 4, I was riding east on Meadow Road in Amherst when my bicycle pitched over to the right and I hit the ground. The culprit was a narrow break in the pavement, just wide enough to catch a bike tire. I was lucky … 0

Bernice Massé Rosenthal: Save the history mural in Amherst

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Nine years ago Amherst proudly celebrated the completion of the historic mural facing the West Cemetery with a dedication ceremony. In attendance were descendants of some of the people depicted in the mural. I took part in the celebration and my name is on the … 0

Jack Tulloss: Here’s some advice on all those immigrant children

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: For decades the flotsam and jetsam of Mexican and Central American political instability, injustice, corruption and savagery has washed up on America’s borders. But in the good old days the reprobates in the queue were at least tall enough to look over the wall and … 0

Jenifer E. McKenna: Proud that Amherst is confronting racism

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: As horrified as I am to continue to face the fact that we still live in a racist world, I am proud to live in a community that is working with it so overtly. Like many of you, I thought we would be further along … 0

Jimmy Grogan, Steve Weiss: Rattlesnake Gutter Trust opposes proposed pipeline

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust is a land trust dedicated to protecting natural and scenic areas of Leverett in balance with private property and community development. We do this primarily by purchasing and managing important conservation land, and by assisting Leverett landowners in protecting their property … 1

Nathaniel and Angelica Whitmal: Expresses pride in Amherst for helping children

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: We are writing to express our pride in the many people in Amherst that were willing to support the unaccompanied children from Central America. We are please that so many were/are prepared to share their homes and other resources with these children that fled gang … 0

Claudia Lefko: AP story on Gaza did not deserve to be on Gazette’s front page

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: A front-page article (“Israel searches for soldier,” Aug. 2) about an Israeli soldier feared captured? One soldier, when more than a thousand Palestinians, including hundreds of children, caught desperately in the assault on Gaza have … 2