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Jessica Mix Barrington: The one-way solution for North Amherst road travel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: As mentioned in a July 17 article, Amherst town planners are consulting with residents to create a plan to solve the problems for cars traveling south on Montague Road at the Sunderland Road/Montague Road intersection at the library in North Amherst. Several years ago, a consulting firm met with residents and came up with four plans which call for buying property and creating new road patterns and …

Anne Vaillant: Birth control, pregnancy risks more complicated than letter-writer suggests

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to a July 27 letter (“Death highlights risk of birth control side effects”) that includes this: “Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young woman or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is.” In fact, a worse (and significantly more likely) outcome would be bypassing the birth control, getting pregnant …

Hill Boss: ‘Delightful’ students outnumber those who are bigoted

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: The Carolyn Gardner story has gone far enough. The outrageous $180,000 settlement that Gardner will receive from the taxpayers of the Amherst-Pelham school district should have put the issue to bed, but it didn’t. Now the self-appointed and self-serving “Justice for Carolyn” committee continues to fan the flames by protesting that the terms of the settlement should have been kept …

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Ruth Leuenberger: After ruling, fight against discrimination will continue

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. This decision reflects a shift in America, where polls show a majority now favors equality for gays and lesbians in marriage. Like the Supreme Court’s decision in the Loving vs. …

Michael Suter: Much to consider with Shutesbury solar project

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: Having read the Gazette’s coverage of the proposed industrial-scale solar installation for Shutesbury, I would like to add and clarify several points that are salient to the situation. ∎ The siting of this proposed installation will require clear cutting of nearly 30 acres of trees. …

Diane C. Keating: Witness to near bike-car accident offers warning

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: As I was driving the other day on South Street in Northampton heading to the Senior Center for my weekly fitness class, I witnessed an unfortunate and far too common event. A young woman on a bicycle signaled to make a left-hand turn. She was …

Molly Turner: An appeal to Amherst manager: listen to dissent

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: I wish I had a town manager in Amherst who represents my interests. I wish this manager would listen to me and my fellow Town Meeting members. I wish he would listen to my neighbors and all the neighbors of all the neighborhoods throughout Amherst. …

Julie Cavacco: Children’s librarians gather to celebrate literature

Monday, July 13, 2015

To the editor: Recently a number of libraries got together, on June 27, to take part in a Battle of the Books for middle school students at the South Hadley Library. The goal of this event was to give small libraries a chance to offer a larger event …

Rory Lambert-Wright: Importance of protecting water should not be debated

Friday, July 10, 2015

To the editor: A commodity as essential as safe, clean water shouldn’t be a topic of intense debate. Unfortunately, we seem to live in a society where protection of basic human necessities is a topic worth arguing over. The Obama administration has recently reviewed and clarified the EPA’s …

Melissa Caldwell: Dog incident on Mt. Toby trail leaves hiker injured, seeking answers

Friday, July 10, 2015

To the editor: I want to alert hikers and other lovers of the outdoors to a matter of human and animal safety. I am a fit, athletic and animal-loving adult who was hiking on a Mount Toby trail in Sunderland, with two friends and our dogs, on July …

Lisa Fontes: Praise for author Evan Stark’s work on male attempts to control women

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: I want to correct an impression that could easily be left by the recent Gazette and Amherst Bulletin article, “Control Issues: Amherst Psychologist’s Book Sheds Light on Emotional Abuse.” All of us who write about violence in couples since Evan Stark’s 2007 masterpiece, “Coercive Control: …

Mary Hall: Mysteries of former funeral home director William Ryder’s downfall

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: My acquaintance with William Ryder is limited to one encounter, when I met with him after having a loved one’s body being sent to his funeral home, which was locally owned. I did not know, at that time, that troubles were beginning in his not …

John Ferranti: Wanted more financial detail on Southampton ballot

Thursday, July 9, 2015

To the editor: The Southampton Select Board moved very quickly after the May 19 Town Meeting’s rejection of the Public Safety Complex Debt Exclusion proposal by posting the same issue on Thursday’s ballot as Proposition 2½ overrides. The debt exclusion on the Town Meeting warrant was clearly proposed …