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A marathon’s meeting

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It is Patriots’ Day, the holiday that honors those who fought battles in Lexington and Concord in 1775 that helped end British colonial rule. It is also Marathon day. In Hopkinton, 36,000 runners will line up for a race that has always tested participants. This is the 118th running of this storied marathon, but the first since two deliberately set explosions killed three innocent people, including a child, and injured … 0

Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: Of the tens of millions of gay people in America, only a few have come out publicly making sure the media becomes aware — these isolated public announcements are usually from black men who are involved in athletics. One has to wonder why these gay athletes are being made out to be, seemingly, martyrs or cult heroes, and why other … 4

Margaret Halbeisen: Criticizes Geryk, Jackson for poor response

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: As a former teacher at ARHS, I wish to express my heartfelt support for Carolyn Gardner, a math teacher at Amherst Regional High School, who has experienced several incidents of intolerable racial attacks against her. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of effective support of Gardner by Superintendent Maria Geryk and High School Principal Mark Jackson. Gardner came to … 0

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Larry Parnass, the editor of the Gazette, has been on the newspaper's staff since 1988 as an editor, reporter and columnist.

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Marc Kenen: Time for bitterness toward charter schools to end

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: We agree with former Mayor Clare Higgins in her March 28 column that the state Legislature should fully fund the program that reimburses districts for school funds they lose to charters. But we disagree with … 1

John M. Connolly: Parade should follow example of Pope Francis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: In a recent letter to the Gazette, an official of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts sought to justify the refusal of the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee to allow openly gay groups to participate in the event. The writer claimed that such groups … 0

M. Harper: School board throws school year under the bus

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: Last week, the Northampton School Committee, in yet another missed opportunity to do the right thing and bring the high school start time into the 21st century, has thrown another school year under the bus. We’ve a new superintendent, new budget but no consideration for … 0

Carl Delta: Later start time? Why not earlier sleep time?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: For some time I have been reading about the proposed later Northampton High School start time. The supporters of this change say that to not implement this is saying we don’t care about the wellness of our students. It’s not a big surprise that there … 0

Editorial: The ‘open checkbook’ way brings transparency to Northampton, Amherst

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The recent addition of Open Checkbook to Amherst and Northampton municipal websites is a big win for government transparency. Open Checkbook databases provide anyone with an Internet connection the ability to see how governments are spending tax dollars … 0

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: A call for united effort to improve Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As others have recently pointed out, Easthampton’s municipal budget will be challenging for the coming year. This has been the case in most communities in the Commonwealth, particularly since the economic crisis began in 2008. State tax revenues are down as a result of lost jobs … 1

Adam Fisher: When healing does occur

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last month’s disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the mudslide that decimated Oso, Wash., brought sorrow and confusion. As quickly as the search for meaning set in, so too did the words “healing” and “closure.” … 0

Editorial: Don’t let the fireworks fizzle in Northampton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July. What could be simpler or more patriotic? The first Fourth of July celebration came in 1776 at the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. We can thank John Adams for the … 0

Walter Krzeminski: Questions federal money going to Holyoke fire dept.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: With the eight new firefighters being paid for by federal funding, Holyoke now has 13 firefighters being paid for by federal monies. That equates to two-thirds of Easthampton’s entire firefighting force, which is paid for in full by Easthampton taxpayers with no federal assistance. When … 0

Cynthia Brubaker: PVTA should provide service for more than just students

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: In planning for public bus transportation, as the PVTA is now doing, it seems as if one segment of the population in Amherst could be seriously shortchanged. The students use the buses to get around to the colleges and the university, but many others who … 0