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Susan Adelson: Sherman Avenue action should be treated as hate crime

Sunday, January 25, 2015

To the editor: I am concerned about the recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Northampton. I have read some people’s responses that since no Jews were believed to live on Sherman Avenue and no particular individuals appear to have been targeted, the incident is not of great significance. Two teenage girls are suspected of just wanting to do something of shock value. What if instead of “Jews” the word “Muslims” had been …

Bernie Bachand: Please don’t degrade our police and military

Sunday, January 25, 2015

To the editor: My message is to all those who have nothing better to do but decide to protest alongside of the Ward 7 councilor against the men and women in blue. You can bet on one thing: Despite this, if you were in harm’s way, they would be between you and the people trying to harm you and give you every protection …

Nanny Vonnegut, Laurie Foley, Scott Prior: Scourge of heroin epidemic is upon us

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: As concerned parents, our hearts soared at the recent headline news: Hampshire County gets $550,000 to combat toll of addiction. Finally, opiate addiction is no longer a closeted issue and much needed help is on the way. Our hearts sank on further reading that the grant recipients would prioritize further assessments, data collection and broad development of strategies above timely …

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Michael Childs: Amherst has lost an esteemed doctor in Emlen Jones

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: I heard that Emlen Jones has died. Comments about Emlen Jones belong on the front page of your paper, not the obituary page. As far as citizens of Amherst go, he would be regarded as one of the very best. One hundred years from now, …

Cynthia Kochan: We almost had a second major league player

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: If Jimmy Major had not injured his southpaw pitching arm! Jim, who lived on Pomeroy Meadow Road in Southampton and attended Easthampton High School, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952 and shipped off to a farm team in Sheboygan. After a year there, …

Richard M. Clifford Sr.: Constant vigil needed against predators

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: As a grandfather and father, I want commend the Gazette for its Jan. 6 editorial regarding the recent arraignment of a long-distance trucker. Being part of the last generation to not be plugged in, my generation was warned of the predators that picked up hitchhikers …

Dayne Tracy: Disturbing news about Faces closing in downtown Northampton

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: It’s no secret that part of the success of the Northampton business scene is its independently owned stores and restaurants, run by a diverse group of people who had ideas and weren’t afraid to take chances. Now we read of the possible closing of one …

J.M. Sorrell: White people need to speak out against racism

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: Given the legacies of slavery, unequal public accommodation and the still-current insidious forms of racism, personal discussions and public talks re-correcting inequities are crucial. Being a white ally is an integral part of being part of the solution rather than the problem. When I move …

Judith Fine: Corrects previous letter about being DBA ‘braincild’

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: While I totally agree with the writer of the Jan. 8 letter headlined “Time for all business owners to pitch in on downtown,” I cannot take responsibility for being the “brainchild” of the DBA — the Downtown Business Association. The late, great, John Gare was …

Jan Norris: Would like editorial cartoon supporting police officers

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: Is it possible for this liberal newspaper to print an occasional editorial cartoon that doesn’t demonize America or our police officers? Jan Norris Easthampton …

Richard Fein: Gazette’s coverage excessive of Long Hollow Bison Farm

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: It is indeed sad that the Long Hollow Bison Farm venture, in particular the Seven Sisters Restaurant, did not succeed. That is not uncommon in business. In fact most start-up ventures fail. Based on the Gazette’s news coverage, the worst conclusion I could draw is …

Cory Mescon: Bryan Stevenson’s work helped young attorney decide on her career

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: I was pleased to read Bill Newman’s column about Bryan Stevenson in last weekend’s Gazette. While a student at NYU’s School of Law, I took Stevenson’s Race, Poverty, and Criminal Justice seminar. Stevenson’s reasoned, passionate, and thoughtful insight into the history of racism in our …

Norma L. Farrick: Northampton businesses need to wake up and tend property

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: I’m getting a little sick and tired of reading what is “poor Northampton” going to do without the BID. We have owned and maintained our building at 90-92 King St. for 50 years and, during that time, we swept the sidewalks in the summer and …