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Randi Stein: Should try connecting with her tribe

02-03-2024 10:55 AM

I am offended and bewildered by the words of guest columnist Sarena Neyman, who says she is “losing her tribe over Gaza.” [“Losing my tribe over Gaza,” Gazette, Jan. 20]. While I want to hasten to say I too have come to a position that a cease-fire...


Columnist Johanna Neumann: Halfway there — 2023 a year for major green projects in Amherst

02-03-2024 10:53 AM

By JOHANNA NEUMANN

Happy 2024. After my last column, I got feedback from a reader who pointed out that I missed a topic in my round-up of environmental progress in 2023. She mentioned that I had completely failed to mention Amherst voters overwhelmingly approving plans...


Guest columnist Sarena Neyman: Losing my tribe over Gaza

01-25-2024 11:11 AM

By SARENA NEYMAN

For me, being Jewish was never about religion or Zionism. My Holocaust survivor parents sent me to Jewish day schools and Zionist summer camps, but none of that stuck. I haven’t set foot in a synagogue for decades and have always been critical of...


Guest columnist Dave King: Not heeding anti-militarist message of MLK

01-25-2024 11:04 AM

By DAVE KING

Another Martin Luther King Jr. Day has come and gone, when legions of politicians trot out MLK’s “I have a dream” speech to remind us we should be striving together in harmony for a world where all peoples can enjoy our country’s prosperity....


Doug Yourga and Jeanne Horrigan: Amherst Senior Center needs help

01-25-2024 11:03 AM

We serve as volunteers on behalf of the elderly population of the town of Amherst. We represent the interests of more than 5,500 senior citizens and concerned members of their families through the Friends of the Amherst Senior Center and the Amherst...


Guest columnist Maria José Botelho: Obituaries hold time still on others’ lives

01-25-2024 11:01 AM

By MARIA JOSÉ BOTELHO

I’m grateful to find out that there’s another faithful reader (and writer) of obituaries in our community [“There’s just a lot of life in the obits” by Marietta Pritchard, Gazette, Jan. 3].I have been reading obituaries since I could read in English...


Guest columnist Marietta Pritchard: There’s just a lot of life in the obits

01-17-2024 7:19 PM

By MARIETTA PRITCHARD

Have I mentioned that I read the obituaries in the Gazette every morning before I start my day? Does this sound depressing? I don’t find it so. It somehow anchors things for me.I can learn about people in my community and about how they or their...


Columnist Darcy Dumont: Towns taking lead on climate action

01-17-2024 7:18 PM

By DARCY DUMONT

Action on climate has been accelerating in the last year in Massachusetts municipalities. I wrote about leading municipalities in this column back in March 2021, and in other columns focusing on Northampton and on Ithaca, New York.Much has happened...


Guest columnist John Varner: Opposing Leverett megaproject only common sense

01-17-2024 7:17 PM

By JOHN VARNER

While it is true that racism has been behind some zoning restrictions, racism is not the only reason zoning restrictions exist.Is all zoning racist? This is certainly what some real estate people want you to think, based on nearly a full page of...


Patricia Crosby: Support nuclear disarmament policy resolutions

01-11-2024 11:34 AM

In these very uncertain times, full of conflict and violence but also resolution and hope, the Mount Toby Monthly Meeting of Friends strongly endorses a set of policy solutions regarding nuclear disarmament that have been proposed by the grassroots...


David Ahlfeld: Cease-fire and negotiation needed in Ukraine

01-11-2024 11:34 AM

Cease-fire and negotiation are the best way forward in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Recent columns in the Gazette have argued against a cease-fire by citing the need to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine and to avoid rewarding...


Gerald Weiss and Jenifer McKenna: U.S. must act to stop killing of children  

01-11-2024 11:34 AM

Killing thousands of children will not make Israel safer. We call on the U.S. government to stop sending Israel the means to continue that killing.Gerald Weiss and Jenifer McKennaAmherst 


Jan Norris: Republicans are not ‘out of touch’

01-11-2024 11:33 AM

A recent letter writer claimed the Republicans are “out of touch.” [”State Republicans out of touch,” Gazette, Dec. 17]. Huh? Has the writer looked at the state of our country over the last three years under Democrat control? Has anything improved for...


Bennett Hazlip: Donated trees a boost for Amherst 

01-11-2024 11:33 AM

If you bought a Christmas tree last year, you know that the price of a tree has risen significantly. Rising prices aren’t limited to Christmas trees, either — the price of trees from nurseries has been steadily rising for years.For municipal tree...


Guest columnist Marietta Pritchard: There’s just a lot of life in the obits

01-11-2024 11:32 AM

By MARIETTA PRITCHARD

Have I mentioned that I read the obituaries in the Gazette every morning before I start my day? Does this sound depressing? I don’t find it so. It somehow anchors things for me.I can learn about people in my community and about how they or their...


Columnist John Sheirer: Why Trump will lose again

01-11-2024 11:32 AM

By JOHN SHEIRER

Four years ago, my column in this newspaper predicted that Donald Trump would lose the 2020 presidential election. Readers who opposed Trump told me, “I wish I had your optimism,” or “That’s what you said in 2016,” or “His crazies have gotten worse...


Hollie Kalkstein: No military answers in Gaza

01-05-2024 9:05 PM

In the Bible story of King Solomon and two women claiming to be the mother of one baby, wisdom shines when Solomon asks for a sword to cut the baby in two. One mother relinquishes her claim so that the baby may live. Solomon knows the baby must belong...


Brian Cooper: Train travel not so great

01-05-2024 9:05 PM

My eyes rolled a bit when I read about how wonderful and convenient it is that we can take an Amtrak train between Northampton and New York City (“More Aboard!” Gazette, Dec. 27). It certainly is convenient for the city dweller without a family car,...


Philip Carter: Leverett housing column missed details 

01-05-2024 9:05 PM

In a Dec. 29 guest column, writer Michael Seward suggests that opposition to the proposed housing development in Leverett is racist and immoral (“Leverett housing a counter to injustice”). However, he neglects to describe the project being proposed.It...


Guest columnist Michael Seward: Leverett housing a counter to injustice

01-05-2024 9:05 PM

By MICHAEL SEWARD

After about 100 years of exclusionary zoning, there was bound to be a reckoning. Antiquated and discriminatory housing policies among the towns of the Pioneer Valley resulted in a severe housing shortage. The housing proposal presented at a recent...



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