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Stan Rosenberg: How Bay State helps lead the US, once again

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the Commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a decade ago. The results of that law …

Caitlyn Shea Butler: Clarke school’s impact felt in Northampton community

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: A June 24 article in the Gazette describes Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech’s new relationship with Fontbonne University in St. Louis for their master’s of education of the deaf (MED) program. With many changes at Clarke in recent years, I think that it is important to reflect on the immersive learning community that Clarke once exemplified. I was not …

Don Schneier: Can capitalism be moral force in fight against climate change?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: In his June 24 guest column in the Gazette, Bill Eacho ignores the fact that capitalism is an application of a species of morality usually called “egoism,” according to which one should act only in one’s self-interest. Capitalism is therefore inherently antithetical to what he calls “morality” in the column, namely, to behavior that transcends self-interest. So, his proposed solution …

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Osa Flory: Online voter registration makes its grand debut

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: On June 23, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the launch of online voter registration, allowing Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fill out paperless voter registration applications over the Internet. On this same day, members of the …

Bill Diamond: Let’s expand solar power that can be sold to grid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: If you have solar cells on your home or business, “net metering” gives you a credit for electricity you don’t use and feed back to the grid. This makes it much more affordable to install solar. Right now, the existing caps on solar net metering …

Jesse Schwalbaum: Differing viewpoints no longer welcome at UMass radio station WMUA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m not sure it is advisable to judge the motives and rationale of the University of Massachusetts students at radio station WMUA who forced the ouster of a community DJ (Max Shea) and the long-time station adviser (Glenn Siegel). Especially since the students who manage …

Amy Wasserman: Despite programs, some local students not getting enough to eat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PELHAM — One recent morning as I was writing a check out to the middle school for a coming field trip, it occurred to me that the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is paying for radio advertising and building a huge addition to accommodate more grades. How …

Peter Jessop: Spieth is great at golf, could use history lesson

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps Jordan Spieth should have finished his career at Texas. He might have developed a more “keen sense of history” than evidenced by his remarks after winning the U.S. Open. In discussing a previous visit to the Old Course at St. Andrews, he alleges that …

Vic and Pat Kodis: Tom Toski, the man in the white cap, is a gift to area golf instruction

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: This guy with the white cap deserves a pat on the back. He’s at work outside whether it’s 55 degrees or 95 degrees, improving the swings of decent golfers and building the swings of hackers and duffers. Tom Toski has been doing this a long …

Readers comment on proposal to remove U.S. flag from Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters to the editor comment on a letter-writer’s proposal to remove the American flag that flies at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton to allow unobstructed scenic views — and picture-taking opportunities — now that a …

Kathryn Messier: Fears of traffic, obstructions on even a short commute in Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield Street, Cooke Avenue, Bridge Road — every day I travel to and from work on these streets in Northampton. Most folks who travel on Hatfield Street between Routes 5 & 10 and Bridge Road drive too fast, period. Every day I either try to …

Stephen Dashef: Bring back memorial plaques in YMCA’s The Garden

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Where had the memorial markers gone, I wondered with a sense of shock and loss, as I walked through The Garden area at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Under the past guidance of Barbara Weiner-Dubeck, children and families had shared and dealt with their …

Editorial: Serving local audience is vital part of WMUA’s mission

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two weeks before WMUA went on the air, President Harry S. Truman upset his Republican challenger to hold on to the White House. A world war had just ended and a cold one lay ahead. Babies were booming. …