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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...

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Guest columnist Dave King: A humanitarian call for cease-fire in Gaza
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By DAVE KING

The Amherst Town Council voted unanimously on Oct. 16, 2023, in support of a resolution to condemn the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel that killed more than a thousand Israelis. The resolution grieved for the Hamas-held hostages and their families, and...


Larry Steinhauser: Cooley Dickinson Healthcare system: Thank you!
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

As a 70-year old person I have always prided myself on being healthy and active. Never spent a night in a hospital and never had major surgery. In December this changed when I had total knee replacement surgery. All of this happened under the Cooley...


Elizabeth Vierling: Thanks to the Amherst ZBA
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

I would like to thank the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals for their thoughtful discussion on Feb 8th and for declining the request by Archipelago Investments Inc. for a variance that would have allowed a mixed-use building near Atkins Corner to have...


Jonathan Klate: Make American great again?
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

A few months ago, my wife and I stood in solemn remembrance and reverent contemplation in the American cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandie, regarding the inscription of the poignant words of General Mark W. Clark whose Fifth Army led the liberation...


Kaylee Brow: There are better places to store junk
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

I wanted to voice my agreement with the column written by Aubrey Menard regarding the storage facility being built next to the rail trail in Hadley [“They paved paradise and put up storage facility,” Bulletin, Feb. 9]. This is a huge loss for everyone...


Guest columnists Jay Fleitman and Mary Lou Stuart:
02-23-2024 9:50 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN and MARY LOU STUART

The Republican State Committee is the board of directors of the party. It operates like any organizational board; determining policies, direction, approving finances, and electing officers, particularly the chair position. As such, the state...


Guest columnist Justin Pelland: Hadley should house people, not junk
02-15-2024 8:28 PM

By JUSTIN PELLAND

In a recent column, “They paved paradise and put up a storage facility,” [Bulletin, Feb. 9], Aubrey Menard highlighted what is arguably one of Hadley’s most embarrassing truths: The town has no regard for the intrinsic value of land and the importance...


Anthony Fyden: ‘Book banning’ hyperbole demeans real censorship
02-15-2024 8:22 PM

Like a modern-day Paul Revere, columnist Bill Newman is sounding the alarm that libraries are “under attack.” [“Libraries under attack — Fight back,” Gazette, Jan. 13]. I’ve got good news. The actual number of recently banned books is precisely zero....


Mehrene Larudee: Fund UNRWA now
02-15-2024 8:22 PM

Imagine that in a U.S. elementary school, several teachers were accused of committing a felony, though evidence was not yet public and no prosecution had yet occurred. Would anyone demand defunding the whole school and depriving students of their...


Guest columnist Aubrey Menard: They paved paradise and put up a storage facility
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By AUBREY MENARD

Every spring as the Valley turns green and warmth returns to the air, I look forward to pulling my bike out and going for a ride. I live in Amherst, so one of my favorite places to ride is along the Norwottuck Rail Trail, past the beautiful Hadley...


Guest columnist Dan Peters: No, you bleep: Refs have had enough
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By DAN PETERS

Imagine being at your workplace trying to perform your job duties and you hear your boss yell the following comments directed at you: “That’s terrible!” “Open up your eyes.” “You blew that one!” “Where are your glasses?!?!” Can you imagine trying to...


Guest columnist Jeffrey Fishman: Less than informed, in denial of facts
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By JEFFREY FISHMAN

As someone who has struggled continuously to find understanding and respect for those Republican voters who ardently support the ex-president, being informed and educated about scientific evidence and widely accepted facts is critical to garnering...


Annette Pfannebecker: Congress must find solutions to stop death toll in Gaza 
02-03-2024 10:55 AM

Ten U.S. senators joined Sen. Bernie Sanders to pass Resolution 502B© under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. This resolution simply asks the State Department for a report on human rights records of any country receiving U.S. military assistance....


Lori Goldner: Be mindful of vehicle idling
02-03-2024 10:55 AM

As the winter gets colder, the Amherst Energy and Climate Action Committee would like to encourage all drivers to remain mindful of their vehicle idling habits. While protection from the cold is important, idling a car for longer than five minutes is...


Cydnie Reiman: State flag should showcase beaver
02-03-2024 10:55 AM

After reading the Jan. 9 Gazette article [“State reckons with its history”], I decided to write with my idea of a component for the new state flag.The beaver. The beaver has always been important to Massachusetts (as well as the rest of New England)....


Thomas Doubleday: Why Trump stays on ballot
02-03-2024 10:55 AM

I find it very interesting that an attorney such as John Bonifaz, who is supposed to be versed on constitutional rights, thinks it is OK to skirt amendments such as the Fifth, which states that everyone is afforded the right to a fair trial and the...


Ken Kahn: Better sports headers for paper
02-03-2024 10:55 AM

In the daily sports section The Gazette has two basketball lists: “College Hoops: The Top Twenty Five” and “Women’s Hoops: The Top Twenty Five.” I suggest a change of the first to “Men’s Hoops: The Top Twenty Five” is both long overdue and more...


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...


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....

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