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Janet E. Aalfs: Thanks Gazette for uplifting editorial on Yousafzai

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your uplifting editorial Oct. 15 about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who continues to show the world how one courageous voice can affect widespread collective action and accomplish positive change. As the author Toni Morrison has said, “The function of freedom is to free somebody else.” Malala’s energy has inspired us locally through a poetry and movement group I’ve worked with at Girls …

Robert Greeney: It’s time for Amherst to create ‘pedestrian spaces’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: A recent public forum on parking in Amherst elicited a variety of opinions and comments. I would like to offer two items for consideration in our planning for future parking options for Amherst, parking sprawl and pedestrian spaces. In Amherst the term sprawl is often used and widely considered undesirable. I have never heard the term used for parking. I …

Mike Galusza: Saddened by the loss of Dan Yacuzzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

To the editor: Dan Yacuzzo was the best man at my wedding. Dan handled that challenge like I know he handled so many others: with passion, creativity and enthusiasm. Dan and I worked together and were the best of friends. I am truly saddened that Northampton has been deprived of a wonderful human …

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Richard & Floralee Newman: A layer of pavement on Pelham Road restores family’s peace

Monday, October 6, 2014

To the editor: We have to extend a giant thanks to the Department of Public Works. For the past few years, the road in front of our house has been riddled with potholes, cracks and bumpy attempts at patching. As more and more truly huge tractor-trailer trucks use …

Bud Stockwell: Northampton BID opponents short-sighted

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: As a downtown businessman, I am confounded by the shortsightedness of the Business Improvement District (BID) opponents. Since opening Cornucopia over 34 years ago, I have witnessed the city go from a boarded-up mill town to an exciting and fabulous place to live. Property values …

Charles Schmid: Sometimes the world seems off its rails

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: We all have phones, or cell phones. We have certain phone companies like AT&T and so on. We may also have our phone service through cable. These companies promise that people will not have harassing phone calls every day. They say that sales calls can …

Lynn Barclay: Agrees with Higgins to vote no on casinos

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for printing the recent anti-casino column by Clare Higgins. As usual, she has hit the nail on the head. If you didn’t read it, or you need more reasons to vote yes to …

David Roitman: Connect the proper dots over utility rate hike

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette recently reported National Grid’s 37 percent rate hike, likely to be followed by WMECO’s same action. The analysis used quotes from Dan Dolan, president of the New England Power Generators Association. It raises four important questions: (1) Do the rate hikes take into …

Carmen Junno: Questions Gazette coverage choices

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: On Saturday, the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Palestine held a rally on the steps of Northampton’s City Hall to raise awareness about the oppression of the Palestinian people. Among many topics, speakers addressed issues including the similarity between this oppression and apartheid in South Africa …

Jeanne Ryan: Thanks Gazette for Lee Hawkins coverage

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for the series documenting Lee Hawkins’ end of life in such a meaningful and heartfelt way. We were not surprised when we learned of Ms. Hawkins’ decision to determine how and when she would die. We read the story the Gazette published last …

Dorothy Hurley: Doesn’t need more sadness in the world

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: Please, please, please, what are you doing to us 90-year-olds? I have things to do like make afghans for the Boys and Girls Clubs, more eyes to put on my son’s fishing lures, more books …

Mikki Nevins: Heartfelt thanks for sharing Lee’s story

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: I recently finished reading the Lee Hawkins series. I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Lee’s daughters, Becky and Sue, and her son Jerry for sharing their mom’s very personal journey. What a courageous thing for all of them to do, but especially Lee. …

Penny Johnson: Thanks to Loisel, Lollis and Gazette for coverage

Friday, October 3, 2014

To the editor: My thanks and admiration go to Laurie Loisel and Carol Lollis for creating the series on Lee Hawkins’ death as well as to the Gazette for publishing it. I appreciate the opportunity to share in the dying of this extraordinary woman and to feel her …