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Penny Johnson: City’s plan to ask nonprofits for ‘voluntary payments’ is unwise

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: The city of Northampton’s intent to demand “voluntary payments” from Smith College, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Hampshire Regional YMCA, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, ServiceNet, Lathrop Home, the People’s Institute, Northampton Community Arts, Historic Northampton, Hill Institute and the Elks Lodge is short-sighted in the extreme. These are organizations which enrich the community, offering educational, artistic and caring services to us all. There is a good …

Joann M. Griswold: Media incites copycat attacks when it names mass shooters

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: “Ore. gunman studied mass shootings.” When your editors thought about this heading for the Oct. 3-4 front page item, did they give any consideration to the idea of the inappropriateness of the focus on the shooter? I would assume they are professional journalists, and within that designation do due diligence regarding research. Even just reading past accounts that were shooter …

David Santos: Reade will bring commitment, ideas to School Committee

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: As the father of a son at Bridge Street School, I have been fortunate to see Nat Reade in action. Reade and his wife Michaela were fixtures at Bridge Street while their son Charley was a student there. They are the type of parents that every school needs: sensitive, intelligent and committed about the education of their sons and all …

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John Coster: Appalled that UMass leaders aren’t resolving WMUA dispute

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: As a musician who has appeared on WMUA’s “Celtic Crossings,” I cannot claim to be an unbiased observer of the disturbing events at the radio station this summer. I can say, however, that Louise Dunphy’s radio show and some of the other programming have elevated …

Ellenor M. Rennell: Grateful that ‘Book Man’ at Forbes will keep delivering

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you. What great news when the “Book Man” came with the happy news that he would continue delivering books on behalf of Forbes Library. I would like to thank the person, or persons, who made this possible. Ellenor M. Rennell …

Bernie Bachand: Likes old school when it comes to dressing for school

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: In my day when you went into a restaurant or a public place and you were wearing a cap, you always “uncovered.” In the Sept. 16 Gazette there is a photo of a young man at Northampton High School in a videography class with his …

Jamie Kent: City’s summer concert series wraps up another great season

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: This summer marked another successful year of bringing free concerts to downtown Northampton. Since our launch in 2012, we’ve seen great growth every year. This summer the weather gods were with us, the crowds were the biggest yet and the music was fantastic. Thank you …

Suzanne Whitman: Burke Chevrolet shows that customer service still rules

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: Good old-fashioned customer service is still alive and well at Burke Chevrolet in Northampton. The day after Labor Day I was at Burke having some work done when an older woman entered the dealership’s service department frantic. She told them her truck battery had been …

Joseph Blumenthal: Worried leading Republicans for president haven’t held office

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: It is very worrisome to me that none of the three leading candidates (at the moment) for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 have ever held public office. Shouldn’t that lack of experience in the public sphere automatically disqualify Trump, Carson and Fiorina? Joseph Blumenthal …

Jane Lyon and Lucy J. Tirk: Broken children welfare system long overdue for transparency

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: The time for transparency is overdue. No new task forces or committees to write another report and make more of the same recommendations as the myriad reports that have been written in the last 18 to 24 months. The public must know how will things …

Denise Barberet: Amherst Charter Commission proponents want to create city

Monday, September 28, 2015

To the editor: Do you like the changes you see in downtown Amherst? Do you like Boltwood Place, the large white cube behind Judie’s? Do you like Kendrick Place, the brick wedge on Triangle Street? Are you happy that the small, home-grown businesses of the Carriage Shops will …