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Don Schneier: Plenty of problems with Northampton BID

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: If, as the Gazette describes it in its Nov. 17 editorial, the BID was operating under a “legal cloud,” it was one of their own making, a product of overreach. But the problems were more than legal. They were moral: imposing an ethos of commercialism on citizens, requiring the constraint of conviviality by self-interested purposefulness. They were political: a conflation of plutocracy and democracy, as exemplified by …

Anne Perkins: Applauding whistle-blowing waitresses in Hadley

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to applaud the waitresses who had the courage to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner. Sadly, whistle-blowers are rarely honored in our society. Although I personally do not know Marie Billiel, Jaime Young or any of the other nine women who described their experiences of harassment, what I read rings …

Meghan Sharick: Amherst adults not showing proper respect at meeting

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: Respect: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. Respect has been on the list of classroom expectations since kindergarten; respect is demanded of us from a very young age and should continue to be demanded of us as teenagers, young adults and adults. I attended a recent Amherst School …

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Mary Wyse: Fossil fuel divestment discussion for individuals

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: I want to draw your readers’ attention to an important coming panel discussion, Fossil Fuel Divestment: Does it Make Cents for You? This topic has been in the news lately as a strategy to reduce the power of coal, oil and gas companies, which are …

Sherri Acevedo: Challenges Barbara Love on just who is a racist

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: In response to the article “Speaker: Open airing of racism key to healing” in the Oct. 21 Daily Hampshire Gazette, I found it astounding that Barbara Love, professor emeritus of social justice at UMass Amherst, would state that “white people” are the only group that …

Faye Rapoport DesPres: Wishes Gannon column had been more educated and accurate

Monday, November 3, 2014

To the editor: In his guest column, “Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict,” Joe Gannon uses a painful anti-Semitic incident (the burning of an Israeli flag outside a synagogue) to stoke anti-Semitic and anti-Israel fires by publicly reiterating common misconceptions regarding the complicated Middle …

John Berkowitz: Time to end huge fuel consumption by military

Friday, October 31, 2014

To the editor: Every day, fighter jets based at nearby air bases fly low over us, and those giant lumbering transport planes make a lot of noise too. I believe they must stop, and not just because of the noise. We simply can’t keep making war half-way around …

Yvonne Freccero: Homeless shelter seeks volunteers to help

Friday, October 31, 2014

To the editor: Today the Interfaith Emergency Homeless Shelter on Center Street in Northampton will be open for the winter season and many homeless people have been waiting eagerly. Volunteers have been busy making preparations, buying supplies, checking the bed linen, making the beds and teams have been …

John Ward: Vote for Steve Kulik on Nov. 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: Steve Kulik scored a victory for local solar PV system owners and the community at large when he protected equal access to solar PV from the destructive legislation proposed by large corporate interests. He has once again shown that his loyalties are with Main Street, …

Peter Vickery: Editorial failed to note other Blarney Blowout failures

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: After reading your Oct. 13 editorial (“Find right tone, tactics for policing in our times”), a reasonable reader could be forgiven for thinking that the sole focus of ex-commissioner Ed Davis’ Blarney Blowout report was …

David Greenbaum: Deer hunting needed but make sure you eat the meat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: When I read the article “Hunters help wildlife numbers” Oct. 15 I had a strong feeling. I think that it is important for hunters to hunt deer because the population is too large. The real problem is that deer are herbivores so they are eating …

Molly Turner: MassWorks grant smacks of political cronyism

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: Last week at Kendrick Park in Amherst, State Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Gov. Deval Patrick made public comments after the Amherst Planning Department receiving $1.5 million for development projects “downtown.” The Gazette reported that the governor joked that the “The principals with Archipelago Investments, Kyle …

Sid Moss: Makes case for Martha Coakley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To the editor: I am impressed by Martha Coakley’s concern for justice, not only for those with legal problems but for those whom a compassionate governor would intercede to ensure policies that provide universal pre-kindergarten for all our children, would fight for working women to receive equal pay …