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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 two playgrounds and that she was going to be a big girl, transitioning from her daycare school. This is where the story …

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 first went on the air there with “Undercurrents,” a current affairs show that is still …

Jimmy Burgoff: Hauling company owner says rail cleanup costs too high

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Thirty years ago when I lived on Martha’s Vineyard, I had a dump-run business as well as my current moving business. The local electric company would periodically hire me to haul away creosote poles to the Oak Bluffs unsanitary landfill. As I recall, they had to be cut into 4-feet lengths for legal disposal. The creosote would dull the chainsaw …

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Rekha Basu: Progressives, like libertarians on right, forcing party soul-searching

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Every presidential election cycle, the tension between moderate and evangelical conservative voters in the Republican Party becomes the subject of hand-wringing speculation: Could a moderate seeking the Republican nomination win in an early voting state like Iowa, where evangelicals dominate? Could an evangelical candidate win the general election? …

Zina Tillona: Woman who fell off treadmill wonders why CDH has no record

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: I was flabbergasted to read in a recent Gazette front page story about treadmill injuries that the emergency department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to its spokeswoman Christina Trinchero, has no record of treadmill related injuries. What happened, I wonder, to the record of my …

Don Schneier: Flag down on Gazette editorial on Brady

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: In a few months, a case may come before the National Labor Relations Board in which an employee charges a corporation with attempted intimidation via the capricious and selective enforcement of a rule that has been otherwise pervasively ignored. At that point, most previous coverage …

John Montanari: Save ‘crescendo’ for notable musical occasions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: “Coming to Crescendo,” screams the headline in an article about the completion of the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk. Now, in musical performance, how does one come to a crescendo? By reaching the point at which the music starts to get gradually louder, not, as implied in …

Susi Friedmann: Thanks to the man with the string and big heart

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: This morning close to the entrance to the CVS store on North Pleasant Street in Amherst I hit a pothole. There was a tremendous noise, so I went into the CVS parking lot to see what happened. My muffler came loose. A young man and …

Adam Fisher: Douglas M. Hughes’ air mail message of protest

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I wonder if Hillary Clinton or Rand Paul or Jeb Bush or Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz will show up tomorrow. May 21 is the day when Douglas M. Hughes is due back in a Washington federal court, accused of various offenses related to his April …

Editorial: Removal of old rail ties first step in cleanup

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Load by load, old railroad ties that pose a fire hazard are being hauled away in Northampton and Holyoke, days after a Northampton lawmaker called for the state Department of Transportation to act. Now that it has acknowledged …

Joseph S. Larson: Future of UMass campus planning remains in limbo

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: The future of where the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst are going next with regard to implementation of the university’s master plan seems to be up in the air. Dennis Swinford, director of campus planning, has resigned his UMass position to become …

Daphne R. Penttinen: Pet owners should keep animals under control on roadways

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: This is an appeal to all pet owners: Please keep your pet under constant control. The tragedy of animals being hit by cars must be avoided by the owners of those animals. Such owners are solely obligated to keep their pets under control. Roads are …

Judy Leeds: NEF’s plant, garden market nets $12,000 for schools

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: I want to recognize the comprehensive and enormous community effort made to make this year’s 19th Support Our Schools/Northampton Education Foundation Plant & Garden Market on May 9 the most successful ever. This year the event raised over $12,000 for books and media materials in …