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Editorial: Reason must guide shared use of former Northampton State Hospital land

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It’s clear that Northampton has a gem of a property in 282 acres off Burts Pit Road that formerly was part of the state hospital and which, for the past 25 years, has been used both for farming and recreation. That continued shared relationship is now under scrutiny triggered by passage of the first 25 years in a 99-year lease of the state land to Smith Vocational and Agricultural High …

J.M. Sorrell: Never more proud to be of Irish heritage

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — Never have I been more proud to be Irish than on May 22. The Irish people — urban and rural alike — voted for marriage equality. In a country where close to 90 percent of the population is Catholic and goes to Mass every Sunday, they have demonstrated that love and an innate sense of fairness supersede oppressive doctrine. I was …

Barbara Kelly: Reader calls for more info about shake-up at WMUA

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: I join in the calls for the Gazette to dig deeper into how it happened that WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts, fired Max Shea and “re-assigned” Glenn Siegel. It seems the only explanation offered is that it was due to an investigation. What investigation? An investigation by whom, and producing what information? The years of service …

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Jennifer Bryan: Amazing.net sign sexualizes a public space

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: On a recent morning I stopped by City Hall in Northampton, visited the planning office and confirmed what I already knew: Amazing.net, the “adult novelty” store on King Street, is in violation of the code intended to prohibit signage that “depicts or describes sexual conduct …

Bob and Deb Bak: Size of new home on Adare Place out of neighborhood character

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: We have been residents of Adare Place in Northampton for 25 years and have always appreciated the feel of our small in-town neighborhood. Unfortunately, the construction of a single-family home at 7 Adare Place, on the corner of Prospect Street and Adare Place, has made …

Rachel Courtney, Janra Roberts & Stefan Ward-Wheten: Free flow of views vital in public media

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: We are writing in response to your coverage of the incident involving an episode of the radio program “Focus” on WMUA on May 3. As we all know, the foundation of a democratic society is built on the free flow of ideas and the exchange …

Dean Cycon: Why I as a business owner support Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: When I started Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee in 1993, I knew that the success of my business depended on the skills, health and happiness of my employees. I knew that employee loyalty translates to high-quality service and customer loyalty, and I knew that I wanted …

Donald Osgood: Don’t forget Southampton, tax override votes are forever

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: Very predictably, more overrides are now in the works for Southampton. A monster override failed last year and this time we are getting it in many small pieces that could again will raise our taxes significantly and use money which could be better spent for …

Nina M. Scott: Appreciation for writer, UMass for campus landscaping work

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To the editor: Congratulations to garden columnist Sherry Wilson for her superlative description of all the planning, creativity and just plain hard work put in by the University of Massachusetts staff to beautify the campus for graduation (“Longtime bond honored ..., ” May 15, Gazette). The staff does …

Editorial: Don’t stick ratepayers alone with cost of electricity bill refunds

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Angry constituents who flooded state Sen. Donald Humason’s office this winter with phone calls had one simple message — help. They felt ripped off by their electricity companies for sending them large final bills after they switched to a competitive supplier. They were right to be angry. Many …

Jane Lyons: The long wait for what’s right — child welfare on margins in Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HADLEY — It just hit me. If a person went to a hospital emergency room and wasn’t treated for days or months, we would all be outraged. If there were inadequate numbers of staff to treat us, or a family member or friend, we would demand that the …

Rich Fleming: Shocked at the condition of Granby elementary school

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Recently, my 4-year-old (almost 5) excitedly directed us to see her “new school,” the West Street Elementary School in Granby, that she will be attending as a kindergartner in the fall. She could not have been more excited to show us that the school had …

Johanna Halbeisen: Siegel invaluable at UMass radio station, should be reinstated

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: I was very alarmed to learn from a May 9 Gazette article that Glenn Siegel has been removed from his post as faculty advisor at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts. I have known Siegel’s work at WMUA since 1983 when I …