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Emily DelVecchio: Swimmer, 10, hopes YMCA will keep the Dolphins team

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am a 10-year-old member of the Dolphins swim team and have been in the swimming program since I was 1. When I was younger, my hope was to make the team as I got older. Without a competitive team, other little kids wouldn’t have a team to look up to. I think that the YMCA should have a swim team for as long as possible. Emily …

Teresa Lee Dowd Hurlburt, 10: Young student loves environment, urges government to nix pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, my friends and I listen and look around for clues in nature for fun. I did …

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Architect excited to see Lin’s designs for Smith library

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am both pleased and excited that Maya Lin and the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to design the Smith College Neilson Library. These are both first-class firms with an amazing portfolio of world-class architectural and site design projects. Needless to say, I am looking forward to watching this “re-imagining and redesign” unfold over the next few …

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Tom Baird: After return to Northampton, public service calls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I will be a candidate for the soon-to-be vacant Ward 6 School Committee seat in Northampton. My family moved back to the city after researching where our daughter should go to school. To us, school choice meant choosing a community for our family. We also …

Mae Lococo: Keep senior center for use by elders

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: Shame on the mayor of Northampton for giving away a beautiful part of our senior center. There was a handful of seniors who had a dream of building a roomier, modern senior center for Northampton. We talked to Irene Lampron, the director at the time, …

Kira Jewett: State should more equitably distribute funding for schools

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to the April 8 guest column regarding the state takeover of the Holyoke Public Schools. I agree with all the major points made, but I’d like to add another: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts needs to more equitably distribute funding to schools. Currently, …

John Ferriter: Frustrated that some sidewalks, crosswalks under state control

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: One more letter on sidewalk clearing. We live on Bridge Street in Northampton across from Sheldon Field. The sidewalk has been poorly maintained for the last 15 years. When a bicyclist was thrown from his bike by a pothole in the walk and was taken …

Ralph Faulkingham: Story conflated work of two independent boards in Amherst

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: Reporter Scott Merzbach’s April 6 story in the Gazette concerning the workings of the Dickinson Local Historic District Committee in Amherst cites the case of the First Congregational Church’s new sign and my championing its approval, but it conflates the work of two independent town …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Religions to issue a moral call for carbon-free laws

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for Tom Relihan’s article on the Quakers’ inspiring, consciousness-raising pipeline walk. Religious groups are enormously important at inspiring people to change because religions foster connectedness to community, inspire adherents to work for a greater good and urge moral action. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is …

Ann L. Hallstein: Banning plastic bags is great, but ease into it

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: The April 8 edition of the Gazette outlined a possible ban on plastic bags in Northampton. I hope the decision favors banning. It is one step we can take towards lessening the burden on landfills and preventing such trash from ending up in our oceans, …

Dee Waterman: Thanks to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for care of family member in final hours

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: We, the family and friends of Cody Waterman, want to take a moment for a shout-out to the fourth floor critical care unit at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. In light of our recent loss, we couldn’t have asked for more support, kindness, adaptability and patience​ than …

Jeanne Hoose: Spelling bee a success thanks to support from community

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: Congratulations to Gazette’s Headliners for their first prize spelling win at the 15th Annual Northampton Education Foundation Adult Spelling Bee March 25. NEF sends a huge thanks to Easthampton Savings Bank, our longtime major sponsor, and to PeoplesBank and Millitech for their generosity. Herrell’s Ice …

Rita M. Bouthillette: Set up a portable classroom for Recreation Department

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: In regards to the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department’s move to the Northampton Senior Center, how about a portable classroom next to the Ryan Road School? Seems like that would be more compatible to have their office next to the school rather than with seniors. …