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Ruth Ever: Plenty of local resources to support healthy youth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the two-page spread in the Sept. 23 Gazette about how informed parents are the best prevention. Parents should also know about the local prevention coalitions that are great resources, in addition to the national online sources you listed. Easthampton, South Hadley, Greenfield, Gill-Montague, Springfield and Northampton all have Drug-Free Communities grants from the federal government and collaborate with community partners to support healthy youth …

Bonnie Prosciak-Harrison: Can’t believe cemetery thieves would stoop so low

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I wrote a letter to the editor at the end of May about the heathens who were stealing flowers and decorations from the gravesites at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton. These vandals have struck again! It is disheartening to know that people in today’s society lower themselves to be dishonest and have no dignity or respect for those who are …

Lawrence Siddall: Amherst planning shake-up could be welcome change

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest the Sept. 24 article about a shake-up in the Amherst Planning Department, in which the department’s new interim director, Christine Brestrup, promises “more outreach to residents.” This is surely good news. I hope that with more community input, ungainly building projects such as the Kendrick Place apartments can be avoided. Clearly this structure is too large …

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Sofia Assab, Marcy Eisenberg, Michael Kane and Debbie Shriver: Syrian relief event raises $30,000 for war-torn country

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: On Sunday, Sept. 27, close to 600 people filled First Churches of Northampton for Songs for Syria, a concert to raise awareness and funds for Syrian humanitarian relief. We are so grateful to everyone who made this event possible: the many local co-sponsoring organizations who …

Editorial: Deadly attack on Kunduz hospital needs full accounting by US

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It is too soon to label as a war crime the U.S. airstrikes that hit a hospital in northern Afghanistan Saturday, killing 19 people, including three children. But only a full and frank accounting of this tragedy stands …

Neosha Narayanan: The scourge of scientific illiteracy in the US

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — New York City is under water. What once used to be a bustling metropolis now resembles an underwater museum, only open to divers who float around with oxygen tanks on their backs. The Empire State Building is licked by waves, its windows covered in algae. The …

Johanna Neumann: Amherst should go big on solar

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — Like many of us, Amherst’s late town manager, John Musante, had a vision for a cleaner and greener future. In fact, the week before his untimely death, Musante’s team unveiled the next chapter in Amherst’s solar story: a proposal to power all of Amherst’s town and …

James Durfer: The VA and me — a Desert Storm veteran now fighting ALS reports from his new front line

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The quality of care and wait times at our nation’s veterans hospitals has been headline material for the last year. I would like provide both a personal description of my care and a brief description of …

Tom Gardner: Play about Vietnam war can teach a forgetful nation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is “The Draft” versus “Mediamnesia.” Who are these contenders battling it out in the ring of our troubled national memory? Let me explain. “Mediamnesia” is a term I’ve coined for the phenomenon of national forgetting encouraged by the selective absence of information and truth-telling in …

Gerald S. Budgar & Megan R. Zinn: Northampton public schools are serving college-bound well

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — There has been considerable discussion about standardized tests the Northampton public schools are required to administer to students. While proponents say these tests are useful in measuring the quality of education delivered in local classrooms, many residents don’t feel they accurately measure student progress or the …

Editorial: A chance for compromise in Dunkin’ Donuts flap

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

At a recent meeting in the Williamsburg Town Offices, residents came out in droves to pan a plan to construct a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise at 142 Main St. in Haydenville, the site of a now-closed bank. But instead of declaring war against it, residents should see this as …

Dr. David Gottsegen: Health care providers must expand treatment beyond pills

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: I read with great interest your front page story on the Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference at the Log Cabin on Sept. 25. Like most, if not all, physicians, I have seen families devastated by addiction and death from prescription pain killers and heroin. …

Michael Harris: Proposed changes at housing authority are sorely needed

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The recent articles in the Gazette regarding Cara Clifford, the new executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, have been negative, judgemental and based on information from employees affected by the organizational change due to their positions being eliminated. I wanted to comment as a …