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Jay Fleitman: Turkey — the secular country in the middle

Monday, October 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is with great sadness that we think of the news of the terrorist bombing in Ankara, Turkey. My wife and I had left Istanbul just five days before this terrible event with a great affection for this nation and its people. In some countries that we’ve visited we’ve admired the physical beauty of the nation. For others, it was the wildlife and birds, the personality of the population or the art and architecture of its cities. Sometimes (how we loved Italy), it was the food and the wine. We were most impressed during our time in Turkey by its history and politics. This is a nation that has been at the crossroads …

Editorial: An understandable desire to deny killers notoriety

Monday, October 12, 2015

After a 26-year-old man killed nine people at the Oregon community college he attended, people alarmed by the prospect of copycat killers called on the media to minimize – or eliminate altogether – use of the killer’s name and image. They make a point. But let’s take care not to let it obscure other measures — particularly making it harder for mentally unstable …

Penny Johnson: City’s plan to ask nonprofits for ‘voluntary payments’ is unwise

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: The city of Northampton’s intent to demand “voluntary payments” from Smith College, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Hampshire Regional YMCA, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, ServiceNet, Lathrop Home, the People’s Institute, Northampton Community Arts, Historic Northampton, Hill Institute and the Elks Lodge is short-sighted in the extreme. These are organizations which enrich the community, offering educational, artistic and caring services …

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Joann M. Griswold: Media incites copycat attacks when it names mass shooters

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: “Ore. gunman studied mass shootings.” When your editors thought about this heading for the Oct. 3-4 front page item, did they give any consideration to the idea of the inappropriateness of the focus on the shooter? I would assume they are professional journalists, and within …

David Santos: Reade will bring commitment, ideas to School Committee

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: As the father of a son at Bridge Street School, I have been fortunate to see Nat Reade in action. Reade and his wife Michaela were fixtures at Bridge Street while their son Charley was a student there. They are the type of parents that …

Sarah Buttenwieser: Get ready for Nov. 3 election by learning about candidates

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: We’re really fortunate that four people want to serve on the Northampton City Council. There are three people running for two at-large seats. On the Northampton School Committee, there are two at-large seats and four people running. We have five candidates running for three spots …

Joseph Coles: Easthampton should help brewery, neighbors reach compromise

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: I read the recent column by Jamie and Bert Thurber about the Fort Hill Brewery with interest. If one accepts the Thurbers’ complaints at face value, one would tend to be very sympathetic about their situation. However, their description of the situation does not seem …

Sandy Jaescke: Why is processing of city’s bills outsourced to Woburn?

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: Each day I read the many letters to the editor in your paper. I am hoping that my letter will strike up conversations in Northampton and support from people in the surrounding towns. Several times a year we receive bills from the city of Northampton …

Nellie Donohue: Baird’s voice needed on the Northampton School Committee

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: I am supporting Tom Baird for the Ward 6 seat on the Northampton School Committee. When I was transitioning from teaching in private school to teaching at public school, I accepted a job in the math department at Easthampton High School. Baird was the team …

Christine Mulcahy: Plenty of reasons to reject PARCC testing for students

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: In November, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide whether to replace the MCAS tests with PARCC. There are several reasons why PARCC should be rejected. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is supposedly aligned with Common Core …

Catherine Etheridge: Be mindful problems people have before they become shooters

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: Bernie Sanders made the most sensible comment on the Umpqua Community College shootings. He said that we need better access to mental health care. That’s a good idea, but he did not go far enough. We are the most economically unequal advanced nation in the …

Editorial: Russia’s moves in Syria complicate a grim picture

Monday, October 12, 2015

As if the problems in war-torn Syria couldn’t get any worse, an outbreak of brinkmanship between the United States and Russia in the beleaguered Middle East nation is putting the world on edge. The two superpowers are clashing over sharply conflicting goals in Syria, a disagreement that is …

Editorial: In opioid fight, state should tread carefully in screening students

Friday, October 9, 2015

Untangling the opioid crisis in Massachusetts requires an ability to see the many different strands that compose this troubling situation. The public knows that the crisis fueled by heroin and opioid abuse is a multilayered health issue, one that calls for treatment, including more facilities with more beds …