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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 as well as programs and services to help individuals remain on sobriety’s path. The public understands, too, the crisis is a law …

Mike Flynn: Supports Reade for position on Northampton School Committee

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: I’m a lifelong resident of Northampton with a vested interest in public education. I was a product of our schools, and currently have four kids in the system. I taught second grade for 14 years, was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2008, and am currently the director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College. I also served …

Audrey Child: Time for Amherst residents to embrace change, not fear it

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: I can cheerfully answer yes to anti-charter commission questions in Amherst. I look forward to change in downtown Amherst. We can do better than watching it turn into a vast parking lot between Thanksgiving and New Year’s with struggling shops the rest of the year. Boltwood Place, “the white cube” behind Judie’s Restaurant? That tells me that there will be …

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Laurie Martinelli: Campaign aims to combat stigma of mental illness in workplace

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 4-10. We at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) want people to be aware of the fact that mental health conditions affect one in four adults. We want people to know that these disorders are …

Joe Russell: Editorial about Francis Fox too lenient on Granby’s chief

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: Your Oct. 2 editorial regarding Belchertown ex-Police Chief Francis Fox is both right on the mark and well off it. You say far too little about the Granby portion of this entire matter. Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart has circled the wagons and called his …

Marty Nathan: Nikki Haley and the pope

Friday, October 9, 2015

I used to have to wait for inspiration to write about climate change. Now it is most difficult – between the dramatic weather effects and the gathering struggle to stop greenhouse gas emissions – to decide which topic to choose and to find the time to write about …

Editorial: Easthampton mayor, in glide path to second term, should articulate goals for city

Thursday, October 8, 2015

As Easthampton Mayor Karen L. Cadieux closes out her first term, a second awaits on a silver platter next month. Why? She’s running unopposed. That may say something good about the job she’s done so far as only the city’s second mayor. But the lack of contest may …

John Paradis: A real Common Core: Let’s teach young people about character

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember a lot of things about middle school and most were not very positive. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of good role models. I would describe my middle school years as being stuck in a state of anarchy. Later, in public high school, I …

Mindy Domb and Sarah Barr: Musante provided critical support of Amherst Survival Center

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To the editor: At the Amherst Survival Center, we experience John Musante’s support for our neighbors in need in a variety of ways, every day. This includes his effort to put the center on a permanent bus stop, his strong endorsement of the center’s move to our new …

Richard Evans: New courthouse steps are great, but they lead to a locked door

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To the editor: As a sidewalk superintendent, I have monitored the rebuilding of the courthouse steps over the summer, admiring the deft skills of the workmen handling the large granite blocks with exquisite precision. County residents can take pride in the results of their work, and, perhaps, some …

Joe Jewett: Decreasing population as important as climate change

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To the editor: In all the fuss about the pope’s recent visit and what he did and didn’t say about immigration or climate change or gay marriage, one big issue is being avoided. While it is very good that finally the leader of one of the world’s most …

Tamara Bowman: Baird has passion, experience for School Committee position

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To the editor: I’m writing this letter of recommendation on behalf of Tom Baird as a candidate for Ward 6 on the Northampton School Committee. I have had the pleasure of knowing Baird as a fellow Ryan Road parent and a friend. As a Ryan Road School Council …

Editorial: Rosenberg’s take-away from DC trip key for pipeline foes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst delivered a message to federal regulators when he visited Washington, D.C., last week — there is deeply rooted opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct project that would send a natural gas pipeline through western Massachusetts. Just as significant for pipeline …