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Selena Kerr: Some suggestions on the immigration crisis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: We all feel endless compassion for the poor people (especially children) who come to our border for a better life. But here’s the bad news. We are out of money. When I see “three and a half billion” for the immediate response to the current situation, it makes me think the politicians need a time out. Time to look at: (1) The National Low-Income Housing Coalition report, … 0

Ruth Jacobson-Hardy: Praises Lynds but questions NHS commitment to videography

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: Congratulations to Kris Lynds for his success in videography and for pursuing his dreams and interests. Hearing about a young adult from Northampton making it big by earning six nominations for a regional Emmy award and a win for outstanding short form editing is heartwarming. It is not easy for young adults to find career paths that allow them to … 0

Johannes Raatz: Vote yes on Question 4 for right to sick time

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: This November, Massachusetts will vote on a ballot initiative which would ensure all workers in our commonwealth have the right to earn sick time. Shockingly, nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing pay and risking the loss of their job. Everyone gets sick. Unfortunately, our economic system is geared to make access to … 0

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Katie Olmstead: Some suggestions for slowing Nonotuck traffic

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: I live on Nonotuck Street in Northampton, one of the streets that has a reputation for speeding. Drivers come from the high school where it is a 35 mph zone and speed up instead of slowing down when they crest the hill that is the … 0

Joseph Bass, Sheila and Mark Heyer, Michael Chesworth: Praise for Mark Jackson, principal of ARHS

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: We have been reading the articles and letters published in this newspaper about Amherst Regional High School and its principal, Mark Jackson. We are the parents of students who have graduated from and are currently … 0

Rose von Schlegell: Amherst Planning Board should follow town’s own bylaws

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: How can we even consider imposing a large country club-like development for wealthier students upon the largest tract of forest between it and the Holyoke Range, with its diverse species and wetlands? If built, this would disrespect the residents, the land and the town of … 0

Steve Calcagnino: Some more ideas for crosswalks

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: Crosswalks — what to do, what to do? I think all the crosswalks in town should be redone. Some ideas: a crosswalk that’s a lap pool so people have to swim across; a crosswalk with a statue of Moses parting the traffic to let people … 0

Lynn K. Cooper: She has some extra paint for faded crosswalk

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: I have continued to follow the ongoing comments and opinions about the crosswalks in Northampton. As a retired city employee who commuted to Northampton for 35 years, I am well aware of the most dangerous and more vulnerable crosswalks downtown. Since I live in Westhampton, … 0

Claudia Lefko: The approval process was circumvented

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: I’m writing — again — about the crosswalk issue. With so many important issues in the city I am annoyed that so much time, energy and ink is being expended on this. Crosswalks are put onto streets for public safety. Montview neighbors approached the DPW … 1

Rutherford H. Platt: Don’t politicize the crosswalk issue

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: Bill Newman’s informative contribution (July 5-6) to the Great Crosswalk Debate implies that the public works “powers that be” have stepped onto a very slippery slope. While Newman believes the city should “allow the crosswalks to be used for expression” subject to neutrality in the … 0

Kelly Norris: Shabazz ‘dedicated, courageous’ leader in Amherst

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: As a member of the newly formed Equity Task Force in Amherst, I feel compelled to put in context recent comments made by our chair, Amilcar Shabazz, and to emphasize the incredibly important and difficult … 3

Richard Hutchinson: Hunters don’t need Sundays to hunting

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Please ask your legislators to vote no on House Bill 4114, which would permit hunting on Sunday in Massachusetts. We don’t need to have hunting on Sunday. It is a day of leisure for most … 3

Dave King: Urges donations to North Amherst Community Farm

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: I recently joined some neighbors and friends at a brunch in town to kick off the Capital Campaign for the North Amherst Community Farm. Through a combination of state, town and other community farms, the Dziekanowski Farm in North Amherst was spared from development and … 0