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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: Of the tens of millions of gay people in America, only a few have come out publicly making sure the media becomes aware — these isolated public announcements are usually from black men who are involved in athletics. One has to wonder why these gay athletes are being made out to be, seemingly, martyrs or cult heroes, and why other gays are not coming out publicly — … 3

Margaret Halbeisen: Criticizes Geryk, Jackson for poor response

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: As a former teacher at ARHS, I wish to express my heartfelt support for Carolyn Gardner, a math teacher at Amherst Regional High School, who has experienced several incidents of intolerable racial attacks against her. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of effective support of Gardner by Superintendent Maria Geryk and High School Principal Mark Jackson. Gardner came to … 0

Gordon Murphy: Ideas to solve the pothole problem in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: I am sure that some of the potholes in Northampton are historic in size, so why not pay for their repair from funds from the Community Preservation Act? Or another thought, why not just declare all streets in the city unacceptable and not be responsible for any of the repair? P.S. I have a sidewalk that a car could get … 0

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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Bernard Rubinstein: Since when do students deserve 'right' to party?

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: In the March 28 Gazette article about the meeting between University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators and students, “several students raised concerns with UMass officials about being prohibited from holding parties on campus.” This attitude implies … 1

Jeanne Ray Juster: Amherst voting turnout shows lack of interest

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: Many years ago, when I was growing up in England, my grandmother would often tell me the story of the suffragette who, campaigning for the right for women to vote, threw herself in front of the king’s horse shouting “Votes for Women” and was instantly … 0

Joe Jewett: Just how did forests survive all these centuries?

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: I have a real problem with the core principle behind the March 29 editorial about logging in watersheds. The author seems to be seeking to allay fears that this practice runs counter to the need … 0

Betsy Frederick: Why not call it the Blarney Smokeout?

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: I can’t help but wonder how the outcome could have been different if it had been promoted as the “Blarney Smokeout.” Decreased violence, public urination and vomiting and increased food sales in town maybe? Betsy Frederick Sunderland … 0

Mac Everett, David Starr, Jon Sass: Spelling Bee gets it right on the environment

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: This year’s Adult Spelling Bee was a tremendous success for the Northampton Public Schools and an environmental success, as it was very close to a garbage-free event. The Northampton Education Foundation partnered with the Re-Use Committee of the Northampton DPW to recycle or compost almost … 0

Jeanne Hoose: Offers thanks for help with Spelling Bee

Friday, April 4, 2014

To the editor: I organized the 14th Northampton Education Foundation Adult Spelling Bee, held March 26. Each year we discover new ways to engage with the Northampton community, with an event that has become a rite of spring for many people. This year, I was excited that the … 0

Marta Guevara: Gives thanks for Rodriguez, Family Outreach of Amherst

Friday, April 4, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to thank Family Outreach of Amherst and Case Manager Francine Rodriguez for the amazing help their agency is providing to the families in our school district, especially the families who attend the ARPS Family Center. Words cannot express the deep gratitude I … 0

Nancy Grossman: Guns in home do not mean safety increased

Friday, April 4, 2014

To the editor: Dr. Jay Fleitman wrote in a recent column about his choice to purchase a firearm to “protect” his family in the event of a home invasion. Unfortunately, many of us, even doctor-scientists such as Dr. Fleitman, make safety-related choices based on emotion, while failing to … 3

Alton Sprague, Margaret Coty: S.A.L.T. members respond to Blowout problems

Friday, April 4, 2014

To the editor: As members of Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.), a committee that focuses on the interests and needs of Amherst senior citizens, we continue to be very concerned about the impact that events such as the recent Blarney Blowout have on emergency services. We recognize … 0

Joan and Allen Hanson: Amherst Club thanks community

Thursday, April 3, 2014

To the editor: We would like to thank the Amherst-area community for its strong support of The Amherst Club’s 2014 Love Notes concert and reception held Feb. 16 at Buckley Recital Hall and Lewis Sebring Commons at Amherst College. This year the club raised more than $17,000 for … 0