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Paul Cherulnik: Is it guile or just plain cheating?

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: I saw your characterization of Bill Belichick in a recent paper. Guile may be your attribution for cheating but I prefer dishonesty. It’s interesting that coaches in sports get credit for helping build character in their players and then when they’re caught in a display of poor character that must influence not only their players but also young people who read about it in your newspaper they …

Joshua Goldstein: Time is now to act on carbon dioxide emissions

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: A state carbon fee and rebate bill, SD285 by Sen. Michael Barrett, has been introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature. Now is the time to contact your state representative and senator to ask them to cosponsor this bill. It would charge a fee to pollute the atmosphere with carbon dioxide — something we’ve been giving away free until now despite the …

Kayla Werlin: Teens who lashed out need help to grow

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: They say that if your only tool is a hammer, then every problem is a nail. I guess since all I know how to do is teach high school, I view the sad case of the 14- and 15-year-old vandals (no — I correct myself — these are not vandals, but teens who committed vandalism) in Northampton as a teachable …

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Judith Fine: Corrects previous letter about being DBA ‘braincild’

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: While I totally agree with the writer of the Jan. 8 letter headlined “Time for all business owners to pitch in on downtown,” I cannot take responsibility for being the “brainchild” of the DBA — the Downtown Business Association. The late, great, John Gare was …

Jan Norris: Would like editorial cartoon supporting police officers

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: Is it possible for this liberal newspaper to print an occasional editorial cartoon that doesn’t demonize America or our police officers? Jan Norris Easthampton …

Richard Fein: Gazette’s coverage excessive of Long Hollow Bison Farm

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: It is indeed sad that the Long Hollow Bison Farm venture, in particular the Seven Sisters Restaurant, did not succeed. That is not uncommon in business. In fact most start-up ventures fail. Based on the Gazette’s news coverage, the worst conclusion I could draw is …

Cory Mescon: Bryan Stevenson’s work helped young attorney decide on her career

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: I was pleased to read Bill Newman’s column about Bryan Stevenson in last weekend’s Gazette. While a student at NYU’s School of Law, I took Stevenson’s Race, Poverty, and Criminal Justice seminar. Stevenson’s reasoned, passionate, and thoughtful insight into the history of racism in our …

Norma L. Farrick: Northampton businesses need to wake up and tend property

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: I’m getting a little sick and tired of reading what is “poor Northampton” going to do without the BID. We have owned and maintained our building at 90-92 King St. for 50 years and, during that time, we swept the sidewalks in the summer and …

Dinah Mack: Questions Gazette coverage of mother’s arrest

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to an article published Jan. 6. about a Northampton woman who was recently arrested for beating and threatening her son. The purpose of my letter is to question why the Gazette would run an article that both jeopardizes the anonymity …

The Family of Mark Neal: Family thanks all for donation in Mark Neal’s name

Thursday, January 8, 2015

To the editor: In November, a generous and thoughtful man left this earth. The family of Mark Neal asked for people to remember him by contributing to the Sidney Smith Toy Fund and the Food Bank as Mark had done anonymously for years. We would like to thank …

Nancy Favaro: Stop, look and walk when entering crosswalks

Thursday, January 8, 2015

To the editor: As a kid growing up in Northampton we were taught to stop, look then walk. If I remember correctly, “Stop, look, walk” was even stenciled on the sidewalk. We should go back to this as some people think they can just get in a crosswalk …

Mary Hall: Time for everyone to take action for our planet

Thursday, January 8, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter-writer asked the Gazette to stop printing the current automobile column that runs on weekends, owing to the columnist’s insensitivity about emissions consequences. Another letter came from a libertarian perspective to declaim the first letter. I would encourage proponents of the principle that …

Elizabeth A. Gilbert: Really impressed by state worker’s professionalism

Thursday, January 8, 2015

To the editor: Call me “old school,” but the way I define “professional” is someone who not only demonstrates expertise in their field but exhibits a courteous, conscientious and thoughtful manner. In my book, professionals practice good manners, hold high ethical and moral standards, are honest and fair …