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Barbara Kelly: Reader calls for more info about shake-up at WMUA

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: I join in the calls for the Gazette to dig deeper into how it happened that WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts, fired Max Shea and “re-assigned” Glenn Siegel. It seems the only explanation offered is that it was due to an investigation. What investigation? An investigation by whom, and producing what information? The years of service and quality of service these men have …

Jennifer Bryan: Amazing.net sign sexualizes a public space

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: On a recent morning I stopped by City Hall in Northampton, visited the planning office and confirmed what I already knew: Amazing.net, the “adult novelty” store on King Street, is in violation of the code intended to prohibit signage that “depicts or describes sexual conduct or sexual excitement as defined in MGL.272,& 31.” I then took my complaint to the …

Bob and Deb Bak: Size of new home on Adare Place out of neighborhood character

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: We have been residents of Adare Place in Northampton for 25 years and have always appreciated the feel of our small in-town neighborhood. Unfortunately, the construction of a single-family home at 7 Adare Place, on the corner of Prospect Street and Adare Place, has made us question the regulations surrounding a new build on a small in-town lot. Although the …

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Rich Szlosek: A proposed site for Northampton’s Parks and Recreation Department: in new floor at DPW headquarters

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: The controversy over the placement of the Parks & Recreation Department office at the Northampton Senior Center has apparently been placed on the political back burner, where it will quietly continue to simmer for the next few months. I would like to suggest an idea …

Owen Davidson: Cartoon contest a deliberate attempt to spark violence

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: We now know the names and some of the background of the would-be killers who were shot by police in the incident in Garland, Texas. I found it interesting that there was no background given about the organization responsible for hosting the Muhammad cartoon drawing …

Sidney Moss: D.C. gyrocopter pilot delivered essential message about campaign finance

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: The April 16 Gazette carried a story about the man who landed a gyrocopter on Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C. On April 15, Doug Hughes, a 61-year-old letter carrier, flew through restricted air space at great personal risk in a quixotic stunt (his word) to …

Gordon Massman: Pipeline project, not opponents, is the party terrorizing the environment

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: I accept Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell’s apology (May 2, Gazette) for describing those who oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Expansion project as eco-terrorists. I am not aware, nor evidently is Farrell, of anyone who has committed violence to achieve environmentalist aims. I should …

Charles Schmid: A hope that Valley churches hold to older values

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: Catholics are hard-pressed to keep our faith. Many of us are what I call “God seekers.” We are trying to find our faith again. We search and long for the old Catholic faith of long ago. Now, many churches offer things like dancing, or stomping …

Ann & Greg Chiara, Ellen Augarten & Roxy Schneider: Local Vocal Chord Bowl benefits music in schools

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: On March 28, we held our seventh Local Vocal Chord Bowl at Amherst Regional High School, and it was a huge success. All profits from the concert will be divided between the Northampton and Amherst school systems and earmarked for music. We want to thank …

Sue Norton: Seniors could have handled a new presence in Northampton center

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: What’s been going on at the Northampton Senior Center? Protesters holding signs. Hissing and booing. Disrespect for a mayor who is holding a public meeting trying to explain his dilemma. The issue? Global warming? No. The 1 percent owning 99 percent of the country’s wealth? …

Jennifer Dorfield-Polgar, Jonathan Polgar & Judie Brock: State must preserve, not cut, postpartum care program

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: The Massachusetts Legislature is about to make a huge mistake. It is about to cut MCPAP for Moms, which “promotes maternal and child health by building the capacity of providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their children to effectively prevent, identify and manage depression.” …

Kevin Collins: Amherst Town Meeting failed to provide warning about spending item

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: I am a new member of Amherst Town Meeting and at my first session April 27 I was taken aback to see the town budget increased by a motion from the floor by a member without prior announcement. In our orientation, which every member takes, …

Anne Monahan: There are lots of reasons not to vote for Clinton

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To the editor: Why would you vote for Hillary Clinton, as described by Don Robinson in his April 22 column? Let’s begin with the line “all her baggage,” as Robinson stated. Start with Bill Clinton’s misbehaviors and cover-ups. Hillary blamed the filmmaker for Benghazi. She failed Ambassador J. …