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R.H. Mathews: Story could have used a more accurate headline

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: A recent Gazette article reporting a grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a headline stating “McGovern doles out $1.7M to UMass food research.” I believe a more accurate statement would be something like the following: “U.S. taxpayers provide $1.7M for UMass food research.” R.H. Mathews Amherst …

Camille Balestri: Frontier Regional’s early dismissal proposal rushed through

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: Frontier Regional School District has a new schedule for the school year beginning this fall , a change that was voted on by the joint school committee on April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 90 minutes, with a 10-minute extension to the other days. The idea was proposed by Superintendent Marti Barrett in an …

Paul E. Cohen: Pedestrians, bicyclists can be more careful on roadways

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: A letter in a recent Gazette about holding drivers accountable is correct, but — and it’s a very big but — I’ve been driving through Amherst for 44 years and I’ve seen two kinds of pedestrians and bikers. The first seem to have gotten the word from their parents about looking both ways before crossing. Then there’s the other kind. …

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Sandy Sladen: Appreciates clear and forceful editorial on Route 9 Diner

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: Thank you so much for your clear and forceful editorial regarding the Route 9 Diner. I appreciate how clear you were about where the responsibility lies for the harassment that occurred in the past and for what has occurred to current employees as a result …

Dane Kuttler: Young at Heart performance with inmates moves writer to sing

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To the editor: The Young at Heart Chorus performed recently at the Academy of Music, which is arguably the fanciest venue we have in Northampton. They sang Talking Heads, James Brown, Tom Waits, Charles Wright and N.W.A, Fugazi, Marc Anthony and Bob Dylan, among other equally eclectic artists. …

John Howard: South Hadley utility is not embracing alternative energy

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To the editor: A few months ago I read a news article about a woman driving to Amherst. In Holyoke she saw a brighter kind of street lighting. She crossed a bridge and the lights became the old darker type. Then she got to Amherst and they were …

Suzanne Cordes: Supports Awad for commissioner post at South Hadley Electric

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: On April 14 South Hadley Electric Light Department ratepayers will have an opportunity to vote for change that is desperately needed on the current board. Anne Awad will be the catalyst for change. Awad will bring integrity, experience, intelligence, discernment and transparency to a board …

Paul Garvey: Strong spring leaves Red Sox poised for success this season

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: I have words of encouragement for Red Sox fans who did not have a chance to visit spring training in Fort Myers in March. The 2015 edition of the Sox will be one of the best hitting teams in baseball this year. The addition of …

Jennifer Matoney: Writer questions Gazette’s coverage of a suicide

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: I was deeply dismayed by your coverage last month of the death of an Amherst resident. The article was a follow-up story revealing that the cause of death, which took place in September 2014, was suicide. First, I’m not sure why this information was considered …

Charles Schmid: Age discrimination is real for older people out of work

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: You are 55 and older, have lost your job and things have gone downhill. You have worked 12 years for one company and have limited skills. Some people go to a career center and suddenly find that they don’t know where to begin. They want …

Gordon F. Beebe: Pease and Gay sale another funeral home debacle

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to our local Gazette, my bible for accurate news, I read about the sale of Pease and Gay Funeral Home. Having a paid upon death contract dating back to Dec. 6, and hoping for a phone call or letter, neither happened. I believe former …

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: It’s a great idea to put the Recreation Department in the same building as the Council on Aging so people of all ages can access activities and services in the same place. When the center was in its planning stages many people hoped and worked …

Norman Spencer: Does Pulaski Park really need an overhead sign?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

To the editor: A photo of the proposed entrance to a renovated Pulaski Park was printed on Page A4 of the Weekend Gazette on March 21-22. It shows an overhead sign at the sidewalk edge, facing Main Street which reads, “Pulaski Park.” The sign would read in mirror …