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Hope C. Corlius: Goat Girls group appreciates donation of Christmas trees

Monday, March 2, 2015

To the editor: We would like to extend sincere appreciation to the nearly 100 households that donated their Christmas trees to our goat herd in the weeks after the holidays. These trees, in addition to helping make the feed budget stretch longer in the cold winter months, also provided welcome greenery into the diets of our goats. With buds already becoming visible on some of our area trees, spring certainly …

Erin Mahon-Moore: Why it’s important to ‘school local’ as well as ‘shop local’

Sunday, March 1, 2015

To the editor: I write on behalf of the organizing committee of the Northampton Public Schools Action Coalition in response to the Feb. 20 letter in the Gazette from a Northampton parent. We would like to clarify that the coalition organized the public meeting to which the writer refers in his letter. PSAC is not a PTO, but a district-wide advocacy group of …

Wendi Weinberg: Natural gas story as confusing as charges on electric bills

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Huh? Forty-two years ago I did quite well on my SATs for reading comprehension, so I don’t think this is just me. After reading a Feb. 20 article in the Gazette about National Grid and Access Northeast’s project to increase natural gas supplies, I am left with no more clarity than before I read it. The author is listed as …

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Arthur R. Quinton: A WWII film gets the drama of Enigma code just right

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: Recently I was able to see “The Imitation Game,” a thoroughly enjoyable film that has nevertheless come under heavy criticism from reviewers and historians. They point to the distortions of the facts and it is true they have a strong case. One way to look …

David Kaufman: Send strong message that anti-Semitic vandalism is wrong

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the teens who were reported to have vandalized a neighborhood recently in Northampton: With all due respect to the city’s police department, it appears that officials view this act as random vandalism. My queston is, does the department (and the rest of us) know …

Nonny Burack & and Susan Phillips: Who will stand with us for the trees?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: We view with dismay a looming conflict of interest between solar advocates and what mind be termed treedom. We hope with all our hearts that the value and necessity of trees will always be balanced when considering the benefit of solar energy. This past summer, …

Ted White: Dorie Goldman death a huge community loss

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: Amherst resident Dorie Goldman’s death in a hiking accident is tragic. She was deeply committed to sustainability and was a very visible and inspiring role model. Her backyard bakery business invoked her in buying and grinding local grains to bake her delicious breads and she …

Maureen Armstrong: Planned Parenthood cartoon mean-spirited

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: Your recent Planned Parenthood cartoon is very misleading. It pictures an ugly woman and an ugly Obama supposedly giving cash to her. Everyone should know that he doesn’t handle it personally and it is not for abortions. We have strict oversight for the funds to …

Diana Stein: Planned Parenthood cartoon disgusting

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: I was nauseated by the disgusting cartoon the Gazette published Jan. 27. It showed Obama giving money for a new embryotomy scissors to Planned Parenthood. First, the goal of Planned Parenthood is for men and women to be treated for many conditions and to be …

Rev. Peter Kakos: Cartoon gets issue of Guantanamo entirely wrong

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: For a paper that helps its readers become more informed about issues vital to our nation and world, I was shocked by the Jan. 28 editorial cartoon depicting President Obama as a circus barker selling, at a bargain-price, a handcuffed, assumedly evil-minded prisoner of Guantanamo. …

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 …

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 …