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Erin Mahon-Moore: Why it’s important to ‘school local’ as well as ‘shop local’

Sunday, March 1, 2015

To the editor: I write on behalf of the organizing committee of the Northampton Public Schools Action Coalition in response to the Feb. 20 letter in the Gazette from a Northampton parent. We would like to clarify that the coalition organized the public meeting to which the writer refers in his letter. PSAC is not a PTO, but a district-wide advocacy group of parents, teachers and community members seeking to …

Dennis R. Scribner: Webcams will help advance police work in Easthampton

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton resident recently expressed concern over the Easthampton police department’s acquisition of two webcams donated by a local business owner. As an Easthampton detective, I would like to respond. First, the Easthampton Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency. As our mission statement says, “The department is to provide …

Editorial: To the end, Evan S. Dobelle remains tight with a dime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When president of Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle showed a preference for having other people pick up the tab for his personal travel, expensive meals and visits to the Bohemian Grove in California. That’s why he no longer works in Westfield. A development last week suggests Dobelle doesn’t like to pay for legal help, either. Two law firms representing him in a …

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Katherine Appy: Tyranny of loudest voices hobbles public debate in Amherst

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — In recent months, more than 50 people have spoken to me or others about running for a seat on the Amherst School Committee. In the end, only two were willing to run. Two of the four people who drew papers have dropped out. Now that I …

Wendi Weinberg: Natural gas story as confusing as charges on electric bills

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Huh? Forty-two years ago I did quite well on my SATs for reading comprehension, so I don’t think this is just me. After reading a Feb. 20 article in the Gazette about National Grid and Access Northeast’s project to increase natural gas supplies, I am …

Caleb Warren: Reader takes issue with Kakos column on Isis ‘extremists’

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Regarding Rev. Peter Kakos’ Feb. 24 guest column, “‘Terror’ more than semantics,” he solved a riddle that has perplexed me — namely, why does ISIS do what it does in the name of Islam? Apparently it is because the U.S. populace, post-9/11, was “manipulated” by …

Leigh Dunlap: Mother angered by man’s street harassment toward daughter

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: So apparently at least one male in Northampton hasn’t seen the memo (or the YouTube videos) regarding the street harassment of women. My 14-year-old daughter was walking in town with her friend Tuesday afternoon on their way for a slice of pizza. A man some …

Paul Kaplan: Despite headline, hospital readmissions on the decline

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: I was surprised to see the headline on your recent Associated Press story, “Hospital readmission epidemic soars.” Based on the statistics cited in the story, a more fitting headline would read, “Obamacare cutting hospital readmissions.” As I read the story, it became clear that the …

Clare Higgins: Tough winter of 2015 issues call for community-mindedness

Friday, February 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s been a hard winter. Snow, cold, missed work, closed schools, exhausted snow and ice budgets (and exhausted plow drivers) ... the list goes on and on. While this has been hard on all of us, it has been an especially cruel winter for our friends …

Editorial: Worthington deserves answers about its fire service

Friday, February 27, 2015

Volunteer firefighters are a proud bunch for good reason. They train on their own time to protect lives and property. They miss family meals on cold winter nights. Not enough people in small Hampshire and Franklin county towns are willing to join these crews; those who do perform …

Katie Tolles: Pleased McGovern is questioning sending troops against ISIS

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: I am often proud to have James McGovern as my representative in Congress, as I was when he recently spoke out about his misgivings concerning sending U.S. troops against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. I was particularly impressed with his saying that, “We’ve …

Ed Gregory: A very special, and sluggish, delivery

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You’ve heard the phrase “snail mail.” Well, believe it! I recently purchased a relatively expensive book online from Northampton and arranged for delivery to my home in Greenfield. Big deal, right? You bet it is! I offer the following authentic tracking data of the item from …

Michael Goldman: A cross-country ski destination of the heart

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FLORENCE — I can understand the practicality of cross-country skiing. I mean, if the neighboring village were running low on a crucial medicine, or if the tribe were running out of meat and the nearest caribou herd were five miles away, I would be the first to don …