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Emily DelVecchio: Swimmer, 10, hopes YMCA will keep the Dolphins team

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am a 10-year-old member of the Dolphins swim team and have been in the swimming program since I was 1. When I was younger, my hope was to make the team as I got older. Without a competitive team, other little kids wouldn’t have a team to look up to. I think that the YMCA should have a swim team for as long as possible. Emily …

Teresa Lee Dowd Hurlburt, 10: Young student loves environment, urges government to nix pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, my friends and I listen and look around for clues in nature for fun. I did …

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Architect excited to see Lin’s designs for Smith library

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am both pleased and excited that Maya Lin and the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to design the Smith College Neilson Library. These are both first-class firms with an amazing portfolio of world-class architectural and site design projects. Needless to say, I am looking forward to watching this “re-imagining and redesign” unfold over the next few …

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James Lowenthal: Valley should adopt Vision Zero initiative to prevent traffic deaths

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To the editor: There is plenty of blame to go around in the case of Chloe Rombach, the pedestrian struck and severely injured in a Northampton crosswalk last December. I don’t want to demonize the driver, who surely is traumatized too. But the news that she will not …

William L. Schenker: South Hadley Electric is in good hands on eve of election

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: For 38 years, I have had the opportunity to work with and observe both management and line personnel at South Hadley Electric Light Department in action, especially during events of natural disasters such as thunderstorms or heavy snowfalls. South Hadley can be proud of their …

Christine Archambault: SHELD commissioner urges residents to vote for change

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: During the past year I have had the privilege to serve as a commissioner on the South Hadley Electric Light Board. This has been both challenging and rewarding. I was elected on the idea of transparency. I feel that we are on our way to …

Diana Stein: Cartoonist’s goal seems to be ridding US of ‘uppity blacks and women’

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: Gary McCoy’s cartoon of March 31 is both racist and sexist. He has drawn a group of public officials being swapped to the terrorists by Uncle Sam. His point is that the U.S. shouldn’t have swapped five members of the Taliban to get back one …

Jon Lackman: Take it easy about NHS sign’s language use

Friday, April 10, 2015

To the editor: “School hours will run normal this week” appeared recently on Northampton High School’s LED sign, a letter writer reported ruefully. This adverbial usage of “normal” is rare in formal English but not in speech (“talk normal”) and there is a tradition of granting leeway to …

Mary H. Foster: Netanyahu lied about Palestine to win election in Israel

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: When did we vote Benjamin Netanyahu in to run our country? Oh yes, he almost lost the election in Israel. He had to lie about Palestinian statehood — “Not on my watch,” he said — to win the election. Mary H. Foster Hadley …

Lyndy Bagg: Now is not the time for voters to change SHELD leadership

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: For some time now, “responsible” individuals have worked hard to disgrace, maim and even harm our utility in South Hadley. Some of this started when SHELD opted to move and construct a more modern, workable facility on property it already owns. Of course, this angered …

Alex Kent and Felicia Sevene: Tarantino has misguided view on Indiana’s religious freedom law

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: In a recent guest column, “GOP: A party that should know better,” Joseph Tarantino maintains that the flaw in Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is that it’s bad for business and can “bring disrepute to the entire Republican brand.” Tarantino favors an “open and free …

Marilyn Sidwell: Rethink overhead sign proposed for Pulaski Park

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the editor: The entryway to a proposed redesign of Pulaski Park — an overhead sign reading Pulaski Park — needs to be re-imagined. It is unattractive and spindly, and seems unrelated to the redesigned park. A recent letter writer to the Gazette suggests omitting the sign, which, …

Jane Harwood: Disturbed by grammatical error on sign in front of high school

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To the editor: I agree with people’s comments in Tuesday’s Gazette article about the garishness of LED signs and the need for the city of Northampton to consider regulation of such signs. What was disturbing as well was the fact that the city’s high school would have a …