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Claudia Lefko: A neighborhood residents says questions about Valley CDC project deserve answers

Friday, January 30, 2015

By CLAUDIA LEFKO NORTHAMPTON — Where is reasonable discourse? Am I to believe that if I have questions about the affordable housing project proposed by the Valley CDC that I am on the wrong side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as cited by former Mayor Clare Higgins in her column last Saturday? Did King have an opinion about “infill”? There are legitimate questions and concerns about the project proposed …

Frederick Becklo: Shame on President Obama’s historical incompetence

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Our country has been irreversibly damaged by President Obama’s historic incompetence ( both domestically and in foreign policy), his adolescent petulance and, in this writer’s opinion, a sense of entitlement that knows no boundaries. Frederick Becklo Florence …

Rainier Jewett: An urgent plea to save the planet’s animals

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing because I am very worried about the animals on our planet right now. I am actually kind of panicking because I can’t do anything about it by myself, and I am trying to get people’s attention. Humans on the planet are polluting so much that a lot of species of animals are dying. Have you noticed how …

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Kate Queeney: Story mischaracterized Columbine massacre cause

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: I did not attend Calvin Terrell’s Jan. 11 presentation for Amherst parents, but one passage in your coverage of this event disturbed me. After describing Terrell’s use of a school shooting scenario, the article says he “... explained that the shooting was a progression in …

Michael Burkhart: Something has changed since Ferguson shooting

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: The police in Ferguson, New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Springfield are not out of control. They are not stopping affluent or wealthy whites, interrogating them, arresting them, or shooting them. Police do not stop 13- and 14-year-old white teens in white neighborhoods, search …

Rachel & Pam Hannah: Gazette wrong to publish guest columns questioning statements by City Councilor Alisa Klein

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: We are writing to address our outrage over the Gazette’s decision to run guest columns critical of Alisa Klein, the Ward 7 city councilor who courageously spoke out at the Black Lives Matter protest in November. We stand in solidarity with Klein’s statements and applaud …

John Montanari: Free speech is the fight that should bind us all

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: Since last week’s shootings in Paris, the civilized world has rallied under the banner “Je suis Charlie Hebdo” — as well it should, as the attacks on the French satirical newspaper represent an assault on the free speech that we regard as a fundamental right. …

Jean Grossholtz: ‘People’s congress’ should be built on by all in Valley

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: Thanks for informing your readers about the “people’s congress” meeting dreamed up by local organizers and other passionate believers in justice. This congress was designed to provide an alternative to the hoorah visited on the U.S. Senate and House and to allow local community to …

Mike Kirby: Klein speech hurt Northampton and police

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: City Councilor Alisa Klein read a controversial speech before the Nov. 25 demonstration on the steps of City Hall. In the audience were quite a few Northampton police officers trying to keep order under difficult circumstances. Did she think about their feelings when they were …

Michael Childs: Amherst has lost an esteemed doctor in Emlen Jones

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To the editor: I heard that Emlen Jones has died. Comments about Emlen Jones belong on the front page of your paper, not the obituary page. As far as citizens of Amherst go, he would be regarded as one of the very best. One hundred years from now, …

Cynthia Kochan: We almost had a second major league player

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: If Jimmy Major had not injured his southpaw pitching arm! Jim, who lived on Pomeroy Meadow Road in Southampton and attended Easthampton High School, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952 and shipped off to a farm team in Sheboygan. After a year there, …

Richard M. Clifford Sr.: Constant vigil needed against predators

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: As a grandfather and father, I want commend the Gazette for its Jan. 6 editorial regarding the recent arraignment of a long-distance trucker. Being part of the last generation to not be plugged in, my generation was warned of the predators that picked up hitchhikers …

Dayne Tracy: Disturbing news about Faces closing in downtown Northampton

Friday, January 9, 2015

To the editor: It’s no secret that part of the success of the Northampton business scene is its independently owned stores and restaurants, run by a diverse group of people who had ideas and weren’t afraid to take chances. Now we read of the possible closing of one …