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Bradley LeVay: Thanks to all who make Armed Forces Appreciation Day a success

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: The Veterans Council of Northampton and I as its president would like to thank all of the workers and donors for the help and effort they gave to make the “Armed Forces Appreciation Day” at Look Park such a big success May 23. A good time was had by all. Bradley LeVay Leeds …

Donna Peloquin: US flag must remain at Easthampton pond

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I write in response to two letters about moving the U.S. flag from the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton. The authors may not know why that flag was put there. It was placed after 9/11 to honor brave men and women and to celebrate our freedom. No one complained before. So why now? I think what is being said is hogwash. …

Ginny Curtis: Seeds of intolerance sewn right into Confederate flag

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: Our nation remains choked by racism, with blatant acts of violence and degrees of brutal subtleties. Will the people of South Carolina now support removing a Confederate flag from their government buildings, the banner linked to the senseless hate-filled murders of nine black Americans? From 1861 to 1865 there were three designs used as the national flags of the Confederacy. …

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Michael Tiskus: Is pond’s flag display still the right call?

Friday, June 19, 2015

To the editor: During Easthampton’s recent Cultural Chaos day, I finally got a chance to visit our new pond promenade. I was surprised at how much it adds to the Nashawannuck Pond. Its quality construction and attractiveness create a strong enticement to walk over, pause and enjoy the …

John Gerber: Valley farmers provide great examples of how to treat animals

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: I agree with the headline of a recent letter to the editor, “Good animal husbandry on view daily at farms.” Our Pioneer Valley farmers, 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America members provide some of the rare exceptions to the typical treatment of animals that …

Bill McKee: Fixing Plain St. in Easthampton should take priority over pond

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: Is there anyone out there who thinks that being able to drive down Plain Street (an annual embarrassment) without blowing out a tire or braking an axle is more important than making the corner of a pond look pretty? Bill McKee Easthampton …

Alex Ghiselin: City needs to create guidelines for stormwater projects

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Department of Public Works has started to repair and replace the city’s storm drains. This invisible but vital network has been neglected for decades as the city struggled with the austerity that came with the cap on property taxes and dwindling state aid. …

Reed Schimmelfing: Appreciates Gazette’s coverage of Kinder Morgan pipeline

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: A big thank you to the Gazette for its coverage of the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline. Though its proposed path does not go through the paper’s circulation area, it is clearly of significant concern to many readers. This was evidenced again …

Liam Kerr: Gutting assessment-based testing in schools a mistake

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: The recent legislative hearing on proposals to jettison assessment tests underscores the need to return the Democratic Party to its role as a champion for children’s education by recommitting to the assessment-based accountability model jeopardized by these bills. A disappointing number of Democratic legislators support …

Nonny Sagalyn Burack: Price tag for time with Clinton shows what’s wrong with country

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: Yipes. One thousand dollars (or more) for 90 minutes “with” Hilary Clinton. Isn’t that exactly what’s wrong with our country. Go Bernie. Nonny Sagalyn Burack Amherst …

Ben St. Laurent: Glad Amherst moving ahead with large-scale solar project

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: It’s great to see the Amherst Select Board putting out a request for proposals to build a large-scale solar project in town. This opportunity is thanks in part to local efforts that residents took to contact their town officials, urging them to support municipal solar …

Karen Bercovici: L-3 Communications defense raises questions about our values

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: In regards to the Gazette’s recent report about L-3 KEO in Northampton receiving a new parts contract for nuclear powered attack submarines, we should get to know our neighbor based, ironically, at Village Hill Northampton. L-3 Communications, L-3 KEO’s parent company, is a large contractor …