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Roger Webb: Amherst Club fundraiser nets $12,000 for community groups

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Club’s recent fundraiser Spring to Life was a great success. I would like to express thanks to the wonderful community we live in, which is prepared to come together to support events such as this. With the generous support of our sponsors, those who donated to the auction, and those who helped organize or attended, we were able to donate roughly $12,000 to 10 local …

Normand Cloutier: SHELD is not broken despite claims of some

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: As a former town administrator for South Hadley, I am familiar with South Hadley Electric Light Department and its manager. We very successfully worked together on many projects, including the replacement of the Route 116 bridge and the South Hadley Falls revitalization project. In my position, I too, have had labor issues spill into the public arena. SHELD has had …

Will Coughlin, Elliot Kuan, Mei Zhou: College freshmen raising awareness about diaper drive

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: We are a group of Amherst College freshmen helping to organize the Amherst Area Diaper Drive through our community-based learning class, Building Community. Out of many project options, the three of us were drawn to the Diaper Drive project for many reasons, such as our own family experience with diaper need and our interest in public health. The Diaper Drive …

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Donna and Peter Kenny: DPW, city employees did a great job clearing snow this winter

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: We agree wholeheartedly with a Southampton writer’s insightful response of March 12 to Jay Fleitman’s recent column about snow plowing. It is regrettable that Fleitman’s column possibly implies that his neighbors are unhappy with the snowplowing by the Department of Public Works. As two of …

Toni Hochstadt: Pleased Recreation Department is moving to Senior Center

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: I wish to thank the Northampton City Council and Mayor David J. Narkewicz for deciding to add the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department to the building which also houses the Senior Center at the corners of Conz and Smith streets in Ward 3 near downtown. …

George Ryan: President right not to recognize religious motivation of ISIS

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: I wish to respond to Peter Vickery’s March 11 column, “Calling out terrorism for what it is.” Vickery faults President Obama for failing to acknowledge the religious motivation of ISIS — a motivation he characterizes as an “honest one.” He also faults him for not …

Catherine Etheridge: Expelling students for what they say is not the right lesson

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: University of Oklahoma President David Boren said, “I hope that students involved in this incident will learn from this experience and realize that it is wrong to use words to hurt, threaten, and exclude other people.” I’m wondering, then, why did he himself use words …

Newton D. Bowdan: Israel should focus on more than spiritual aims in its defense

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: A March 10 letter writer in the Gazette was correct in saying that the United States does not have a state religion because one does not work for us. She then goes on erroneously to portray Israel as a religious state wanting to dispense with …

Genevieve Fraser: GOP senators letter to Iran likely an act of treason

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act, a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. The Logan Act …

Julianne Yanko: A shout out to workers who keep us safe in tough winters

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: Transportation and snow removal have been particularly taxing this winter and we are so grateful for all of the town and private employees who have kept the roads safe, the mail coming and the trash going. Thanks to all of those people who’ve worked even …

Renee Wetstein: A2Z’s new owners will continue tradition created by the Finns

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: I am so thrilled that A2Z Science and Learning Store on King Street in Northampton will continue to flourish with a planned succession to energetic, smart owners like Andre and Devon Boulay. Jack and Priscilla Finn are truly too good to be true. They are …

Milton Hanzel: Gazette’s auto column should include gas mileage information

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: I notice that with the recent drop in gas prices, the auto of the week column in the Gazette offers gas mileage information less often. I suggest that the paper consider requiring this information for any profile of an auto in this space. I know …

Mitchell Sieser: AP report on Boris Nemtsov murder biased against Putin

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: The March 4 Associated Press report on the assassination of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov employs a series of biased interview quotes and historical distortions that serves to demonize Vladimir Putin as his martyred political enemy is raised to the status of political sainthood. The article …