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The Northampton Police Department patrol man Brian Letzeisen, left, and patrol man Nick Dementrion, right, walk on the Northampton Bikeway on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Kristepher Severy: Castigates Gazette for 'propaganda'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette’s July 8th article “Downtown Beat” ignored the many homeowners and residents who are opposed to increased police presence downtown, and such bland treatment of such a serious matter amounted to passive propaganda for the police on behalf of business owners. The police, business owners (many of whom are not Northampton residents), the BID and especially … 0

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: I was thinking about the immigration problems we are having and have the following observations. 1. People who say put them on a bus and send them back are just ignorant. No one and no country wants to be known for that giant blunder, if we were stupid enough to … 4

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: People who care about animals across the state are waiting to see what Massachusetts senators do about bill S. 2232, a measure to help protect newborn calves and mother pigs from harsh confinement. I personally am looking to my senator, Stanley Rosenberg, to take action on this important bill; as … 4

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Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

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Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Katie Olmstead: Some suggestions for slowing Nonotuck traffic

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: I live on Nonotuck Street in Northampton, one of the streets that has a reputation for speeding. Drivers come from the high school where it is a 35 mph zone and speed up instead of slowing down when they crest the hill that is the … 0

Joseph Bass, Sheila and Mark Heyer, Michael Chesworth: Praise for Mark Jackson, principal of ARHS

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: We have been reading the articles and letters published in this newspaper about Amherst Regional High School and its principal, Mark Jackson. We are the parents of students who have graduated from and are currently … 0

Rose von Schlegell: Amherst Planning Board should follow town’s own bylaws

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: How can we even consider imposing a large country club-like development for wealthier students upon the largest tract of forest between it and the Holyoke Range, with its diverse species and wetlands? If built, this would disrespect the residents, the land and the town of … 0

Steve Calcagnino: Some more ideas for crosswalks

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: Crosswalks — what to do, what to do? I think all the crosswalks in town should be redone. Some ideas: a crosswalk that’s a lap pool so people have to swim across; a crosswalk with a statue of Moses parting the traffic to let people … 0

Lynn K. Cooper: She has some extra paint for faded crosswalk

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: I have continued to follow the ongoing comments and opinions about the crosswalks in Northampton. As a retired city employee who commuted to Northampton for 35 years, I am well aware of the most dangerous and more vulnerable crosswalks downtown. Since I live in Westhampton, … 0

Claudia Lefko: The approval process was circumvented

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: I’m writing — again — about the crosswalk issue. With so many important issues in the city I am annoyed that so much time, energy and ink is being expended on this. Crosswalks are put onto streets for public safety. Montview neighbors approached the DPW … 1

Rutherford H. Platt: Don’t politicize the crosswalk issue

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: Bill Newman’s informative contribution (July 5-6) to the Great Crosswalk Debate implies that the public works “powers that be” have stepped onto a very slippery slope. While Newman believes the city should “allow the crosswalks to be used for expression” subject to neutrality in the … 0

Kelly Norris: Shabazz ‘dedicated, courageous’ leader in Amherst

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To the editor: As a member of the newly formed Equity Task Force in Amherst, I feel compelled to put in context recent comments made by our chair, Amilcar Shabazz, and to emphasize the incredibly important and difficult … 3

Richard Hutchinson: Hunters don’t need Sundays to hunting

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: Please ask your legislators to vote no on House Bill 4114, which would permit hunting on Sunday in Massachusetts. We don’t need to have hunting on Sunday. It is a day of leisure for most … 3

Dave King: Urges donations to North Amherst Community Farm

Sunday, July 6, 2014

To the editor: I recently joined some neighbors and friends at a brunch in town to kick off the Capital Campaign for the North Amherst Community Farm. Through a combination of state, town and other community farms, the Dziekanowski Farm in North Amherst was spared from development and … 0