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Wesley Blixt: Comparison in history for migrant children crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: The good folks who are pitching a fit over the placement of “migrant minors” in our communities are no better than the “good folks” who declined to give refuge or sanctuary to the Jews and others who fled the Nazis. I am aware that this will deeply, deeply, (deeply) offend many good folks in its clumsy moral equivalency, and in its loose historical parallels. It may especially … 0

Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: I’m watching closely to see the fate of an important animal protection bill that state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg will be a key decision-maker on, and I hope he does the right thing. Senate Bill 2232 would finally ban locking pigs and calves used by the meat industry in cages so tightly they can barely move, let alone walk. This commonsense … 0

Jesse Docter: Antibiotics fed to animals fuel public health crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: One of the most dangerous public health crises in our nation can be quickly and easily resolved through executive action. Antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people each year. Antibiotic resistance is often attributed to over-prescription by our doctors. While this has certainly played a role in accelerating the adaptation of antibiotic resistant infections, the blame for this crisis rests in our … 0

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Al Griggs: Agrees with editorial on nonprofits in area

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I write to commend you for the editorial on July 9 that highlighted the importance of leaders and leadership of nonprofits in our region. I was particularly pleased that you wrote about Lora Wondolowski and the excellent job she is doing as executive director of … 0

Henry W. Rosenberg: ‘Hell on wheels’ — where the term comes from

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: Residents of North Street and Market Street are not the first people to question the presence of a railroad workers’ camp. They might be interested to know the origin of the expression “hell on wheels.” In the 1860s when the transcontinental railroad was being constructed, … 0

Lee Sproull, Tess Poe: Thanks for Home Magazine article on quilting

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editors: Thank you for running the article “Modern Quilters Put a Fresh Spin on an Old Tradition” in this month’s Home Magazine. Many readers may not know that the national Modern Quilt Guild’s Los Angeles roots have reached Northampton: our local chapter, the Northampton Modern Quilt … 0

Jan Klausner-Wise: Hoping initiative will help Amherst heal wounds

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I have lived in Amherst for 41 years. In all that time I cannot recall a more polarizing and toxic climate in town. Many of the issues the schools are now tackling are ones that were addressed in the 1990s by the board of the … 3

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