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Mary Balfour: Let the woman raise those chickens in her yard

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: It’s true that I don’t know all the facts but it seems a shame that a Southampton resident must get rid of her chickens based on a judge’s ruling. Assuming that they are confined to her property — what’s the big problem? The Pioneer Valley is an area enthusiastic about going green and getting back to nature. The whole world should be. Frankly I’d be happy to …

Gretchen Fox: Boutilier is the right choice for Amherst Housing Authority

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: TracyLee Boutilier is an outstanding candidate running for a seat on the Amherst Housing Authority Board in the town election March 31. The board provides housing for low- and moderate-income residents using state and federal funding. Although the town has made some small headway in providing affordable housing units, we have not managed to keep up with either the demand …

Joseph Tarantino: Liberals can blame themselves for high electricity rates

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: In January 2008 Barack Obama reportedly told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, “Under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” For those who wanted Obama to be president and who are now complaining about our electricity rates, I offer a few words of advice. When somebody offers to fundamentally change our country — for the better, …

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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 …

Sidney Moss: We must get behind bill helping Postal Service

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vermont, has recently proposed an amendment to a bill pending in the full Senate co-sponsored by both of our state U.S. senators. This bill would impose a two-year moratorium on the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to eliminate up to 15,000 decent-paying …

William Brezinski: We should honor ‘Risky’ Case for her dedication

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Hampshire County has lost an intrepid hero. Ethel “Risky” Case, emeritus of Greenfield Community College has died. Her historical struggles have formed the foundations of labor rights, community education for all, and in her final years, recognition of Americans over age 50. “Risky” recognized a …

Dick Merrell: Hard to express sadness at Dr. Davidson’s loss

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for publishing the heartfelt tribute to Dr. Michael J. Davidson recently. When the tragedy unfolded in far-off Boston, it felt like I was alone in my deep sense of loss. It helped to realize that Dr. Davidson had touched others with his kindness …

Susan Smith: Cartoon about Brady went too far

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Hold on. The cartoon in last Saturday’s Gazette attacking Tom Brady went way too far. Has anyone in the sports world heard of “innocent until proven guilty?” Let’s look at what actually happened in the AFC championship game. In the first half, when the Patriots …

R. Allen Irvine: Praises Higgins column on MLK

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Bravo to Clare Higgins for pointing out in her column Jan. 24/25 that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been “sanitized as a dreamer and striver, instead of the transformative leader of a movement that changed the country.” The same point is made in …

Alicia M. Lopez: Thanks Amherst community for award given her

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: On Jan. 18, I had the pleasure of receiving the Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement Award, given at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Amherst. Though I was not able to be at the breakfast when the award …

Mia Kim Sullivan: Hampshire College talk focuses on incarceration

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: A recent guest column urged local colleges to highlight the voices and experiences of people who are or have been incarcerated. An exhibition has opened at Hampshire College called “Site Unseen: Incarceration in the U.S.” It includes work by Sheila Pinkel and drawings and writings …