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Katie Allan Zobel: A hearty thanks to Valley Gives honors

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I have been struggling to find a way to thank 14,189 people. This is the number of people who gave so generously to local nonprofits during Valley Gives Day. I get a hand cramp just thinking about it. Yes, the massive numbers of thank-you notes are daunting, but what is even more challenging is figuring out a way to say thank you that expresses the kind of …

Jennifer Ladd: Time is now for white people to do the right thing

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I want to take a moment to thank Andrea Ayvazian for writing her column on Dec. 13. I agree with her 100 percent that we white people have the obligation and the opportunity to eliminate racism from our institutions, our systems, our norms, our personal interactions and conscious and unconscious thought. We can participate in our own liberation and work …

Lawrence Tucker: A challenge to Mount Holyoke’s leader: End gender barrier

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: Recent news articles have highlighted the lives and accomplishments of both Rose Olver and Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Rose Olver was appropriately described as a role model, courageous, selfless, insightful and an inspiration. But perhaps the most fitting accolade, and the one honor that puts Rose Olver on a higher level, is her being praised as an …

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Brian W. Cavanaugh: PVTA should consider hiring non students

Monday, December 8, 2014

To the editor; Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone this year, and as we make our way through this holiday season, I would like to see PVTA & UMass Transit consider hiring non-student drivers. Recently, PVTA kept the Northampton/Hadley/Amherst line open on a reduced schedule, but suspended all …

Marlene Marrocco: Here’s one way to deal with Suher

Friday, December 5, 2014

To the editor: I have been reading and following the Business Improvement District issue as well as other issues in Northampton. If people are upset with Eric Suher and the way he “treats Northampton” the way he “neglects his buildings,” the way he “holds onto liquor licenses,” etc., …

Dave Short: Elevator inspections have been timely

Friday, December 5, 2014

To the editor: Before we rush headlong to do the Massachusetts thing and throw money at a problem, let’s make sure it really exists. The angst over elevator inspections is based on a 2012 audit. In 2013 I was informed that the wheelchair lift in a building of …

Joe Gannon: Fleitman column got so many things wrong

Friday, December 5, 2014

To the editor: Jay Fleitman’s column, “Messages of the midterms,” on Dec. 2 offered his spin on the electoral trouncing the Democrats took last month. The harbinger of why he would get so much wrong in the column came in its second paragraph. After wondering at the beginning …

Cleo A. Gorman: Will keep eye on Suher, Scheinman now that BID has fallen

Friday, December 5, 2014

To the editor: The Nov. 13. Gazette headline “BID Bombshell” filled me with sadness and indignation that services which brought such beauty and cleanliness to our wonderful downtown and caring citizenry was ended by a judge on behalf of two men, property owners who make their living from …

Karl Meyer: Smells collusion in recent pipeline meetings

Friday, December 5, 2014

To the editor: Thanks to reporter Richie Davis for illuminating the “closed-to-the-media” natural gas pipeline meetings taking place in Hadley and Greenfield Community College. As a journalist who writes about energy and environmental issues in the region I find it particularly troubling that a state institution of higher …

Charles Schmid: Wants more stores that are Christian centered

Friday, December 5, 2014

To the editor: Many of us are Christians and like Christian things around us. The problem is finding those things, like music and books. There are major stores and thrift stores that have many things, but almost nothing Christian. For example, if you go to Wal-Mart, you either …

Mary Cay Andrikidis: Thanks Look Park personnel for holiday

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

To the editor: I just came back from probably my last bike ride of the season through Look Park. What a wonderful surprise to see the Christmas manger scene lit up with Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Menorah and other charming secular scenes of the coming meaningful season …

George Levinger: Thanks Amherst BID for wonderful flower displays

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

To the editor: Business Improvement Districts sometimes attract public criticism, as has happened in Northampton. But in Amherst, I’m pleased to say, we can be more supportive. After another season of beautiful flower displays all over downtown Amherst, I want to give thanks to our own BID, which …

Kevin Cooke: Setting the facts straight on fracking

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

To the editor: In response to a recent letter to the editor expressing concerns about hydraulic fracturing to stimulate natural gas production, I present the following facts: natural gas is natural gas. It is the geologic formation, not the gas, that is fracked. This creates channels that allow …