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Editorial: Sensible Boston mayor makes right call on 2024 Olympics bid

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to place a bet on behalf of his city before knowing the stakes, he found the courage to say no. …

Jason Johnson: The ills that Lake Warner suffers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HADLEY — Lake Warner is approximately a quarter mile from the Connecticut River in Hadley. It is a 68-acre, freshwater lake and wetland ecosystem undergoing “eutrophication.” Eutrophication describes intensifying enrichment of an aquatic ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically containing nitrogen or phosphorus or both. It is measured using several diagnostic tools such as transparency, dissolved oxygen and the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus …

Michael Sherry: Labeling Louisiana gunman ‘mentally ill’ further stigmatizes those who really are

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I keep reading in newspapers that the armed killer in the Louisiana movie theater suffered from a mental illness. Nothing in what I read indicated that he suffered from a mental illness. He is depicted as angry, hateful, provocative, attention-seeking, nasty and mean. In simple, non-psychiatric terms, he was a bad man. To paint him with the brush of mental …

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Amy Finlay: What white people can do to oppose racism

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: As a woman who calls myself “white,” I do not know, firsthand, racial violence. I am lucky enough that I don’t know domestic violence firsthand either, but I do have a clear, instinctual understanding of it. I know that if a man is beating a …

Helen Scharber: What striking CSO workers stood to gain — and what they risked

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Workers at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) went on strike for three days last week after negotiations with management failed to produce much-needed improvements in pay and working conditions. In a recent interview with 22News, CEO …

Leo Fountain: Flag deserves to fly at Easthampton pond

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: In response to a letter-writer’s comment last week on the flag flying over Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton: How dare you disrespect the American flag and say where and how it should be flown? I served my country in the military, in the Navy, as did …

David Roitman: Review of state regulations OK, but not if needed rules are weakened

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: On July 22, the Gazette reported Northampton City Council approval of the Chemiplastica storage tank at 238 Nonotuck St. in Florence. My wife and I recently walked by the plant during a lovely evening stroll and the article caught our eye. I’d like to highlight …

Nora Dillon: CSO workers proved the depth of their commitment to fair pay

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: I am a former employee of Clinical & Support Options. For two years I worked in crisis services in the agency’s Northampton office. Last Wednesday, as friends and former colleagues began their strike for fair pay, CEO Karin Jeffers cut off their health insurance. While …

Editorial: Needed reform would ease access to public records

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group representing municipal officials is using scare tactics to water down or kill a much-needed reform to Massachusetts’ public records law. Lawmakers should see the lobbying effort for what it is — a crusade to put bureaucratic convenience ahead of the public’s right to know how their …

Mary L. Ford: The modern-day health miracle known as Medicare

Friday, July 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I’m fed up with citizens complaining that government is a problem, not a solution. I want my children and nieces and nephews to know that because of Medicare, my generation as we grow old does not have to turn to them to cover hospital bills and …

Eva Hudlicka: A plea to CSO management: Build consensus with staff

Friday, July 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — There is a better way! For three days this week, clinicians from Clinical & Support Options (CSO) went on strike to demand living wages and reasonable working conditions. CSO is a regional, nonprofit community mental health agency, providing outpatient and crisis services. The decision to strike …

Pete and Lene Mc Lean: Worthington bridge problem must be addressed now

Friday, July 24, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The closure of the bridge on Sam Hill Road here in the town of Worthington must be addressed. This past winter, and the mud season that followed, were among the worst that many residents of this community have ever experienced, mainly due to the closing of …

Editorial: Ed Porter closes nearly four decades of helping disabled in western Massachusetts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In stepping down as executive director of what is now known as the United Arc after almost 40 years, Ed Porter leaves some very big boots to fill. It is understandably hard to replace somebody who has been on the job for roughly four decades. In Porter’s case, …