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MaryAnn Grim: Public comment policy in Amherst in place since 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to your recent editorial regarding the public comment portion of the June 24 joint Amherst, Pelham and Amherst Regional School Committees meeting: School committee meetings are not public forums — they are working meetings with usually very full agendas. For this reason, School Committee Policy BEDH, approved by all three committees in December 2008, says that the chair may allow a public comment period lasting … 0

Carl P. Leubsdorf: GOP’s trouble with Hispanic vote in 2016

Friday, July 11, 2014

Republicans are once again criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration. Despite a lot of talk, the GOP has done nothing to improve its dire political standing with Hispanics. Within days of Mitt Romney’s decisive 2012 defeat, GOP leaders agreed they needed a more positive approach to the rapidly growing number of Hispanics. In just two elections, hard-line rhetoric against immigration reform has … 0

Editorial: Football goes halfway on risks of concussion

Friday, July 11, 2014

The country’s most popular spectator sport is also one of the most dangerous. Both the National Football League and the governing body for college sports moved ahead this week with plans to address a top danger: concussion. The NFL will compensate players who’ve suffered from concussions. The NCAA will help athletes avoid these … 0

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Al Griggs: Agrees with editorial on nonprofits in area

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I write to commend you for the editorial on July 9 that highlighted the importance of leaders and leadership of nonprofits in our region. I was particularly pleased that you wrote about Lora Wondolowski and the excellent job she is doing as executive director of … 0

Henry W. Rosenberg: ‘Hell on wheels’ — where the term comes from

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: Residents of North Street and Market Street are not the first people to question the presence of a railroad workers’ camp. They might be interested to know the origin of the expression “hell on wheels.” In the 1860s when the transcontinental railroad was being constructed, … 0

Lee Sproull, Tess Poe: Thanks for Home Magazine article on quilting

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editors: Thank you for running the article “Modern Quilters Put a Fresh Spin on an Old Tradition” in this month’s Home Magazine. Many readers may not know that the national Modern Quilt Guild’s Los Angeles roots have reached Northampton: our local chapter, the Northampton Modern Quilt … 0

Jan Klausner-Wise: Hoping initiative will help Amherst heal wounds

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I have lived in Amherst for 41 years. In all that time I cannot recall a more polarizing and toxic climate in town. Many of the issues the schools are now tackling are ones that were addressed in the 1990s by the board of the … 1

Katie Olmstead: Some suggestions for slowing Nonotuck traffic

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: I live on Nonotuck Street in Northampton, one of the streets that has a reputation for speeding. Drivers come from the high school where it is a 35 mph zone and speed up instead of slowing down when they crest the hill that is the … 0

Joseph Bass, Sheila and Mark Heyer, Michael Chesworth: Praise for Mark Jackson, principal of ARHS

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: We have been reading the articles and letters published in this newspaper about Amherst Regional High School and its principal, Mark Jackson. We are the parents of students who have graduated from and are currently … 0

Rose von Schlegell: Amherst Planning Board should follow town’s own bylaws

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: How can we even consider imposing a large country club-like development for wealthier students upon the largest tract of forest between it and the Holyoke Range, with its diverse species and wetlands? If built, this would disrespect the residents, the land and the town of … 0

John Paradis: Just me, myself and I — happily unplugged in our antic age

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I run as much for my mental health as I do for physical exercise. I get on a trail and it’s my time alone. I focus on the moment. It’s my Zen time to treasure — … 0

Editorial: ‘It’s in the mail’ promise gains luster in Northampton

Thursday, July 10, 2014

You gotta hand it to Eric Suher. The Pioneer Valley entrepreneur has built an empire that ranges from Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall to the Holyoke Country club, from the Die Cut Card Company mill building to Mountain … 4

Tubing tragedy a reminder of any river’s dangers

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Family and friends of 24-year-old Molly Dowd of Brattleboro, Vermont, are in mourning after the young woman’s body was pulled from the Deerfield River Tuesday. Her death offers a tragic reminder of the dangers present in any body … 0