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Hampshire COG responds to state DPU’s denial of electricity aggregation project

Friday, October 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following commentary was written by the elected councilors of the Hampshire Regional Council of Governments. NORTHAMPTON — The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to deny 35 western Massachusetts municipal electricity aggregation petitions. The council sponsored the petitions in question. Our explanations follow. …

Editorial: Onus on Northampton Housing Authority directors to stabilize organization

Friday, October 2, 2015

Barely two months into her job running the Northampton Housing Authority, Executive Director Cara Clifford had fired employees without giving them due process, run afoul of the state’s Open Meeting Law, negotiated a $70,000 laundry contract in violation of competitive bidding rules and compromised tenant privacy by improperly disclosing personal information to the authority’s oversight board. “For me,” Clifford wrote in a guest …

Bill Newman: Innocence lost, decency found — thanks to Yogi Berra

Friday, October 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I miss Yogi Berra. A signed photograph of him, a Father’s Day gift from my wife Dale, hangs on a wall in my office, close to the one of Mickey Mantle, above the one of Bobby Kennedy, near the one of my late dad and our daughter Jo laughing together. The …

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Editorial: Local bank reaches for growth, safety

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shortly after Easthampton Savings Bank announced a deal last December to expand by buying a northeast Connecticut bank, its leader told the Gazette that “banking is a low-margin business” in which size matters. “Bigger, all other things being equal, is typically better because you obviously make more money …

Peter D. Steinberg: Next time WMUA asks for money, this listener will think twice

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: As a semi-regular listener of the WMUA, I’ve been following the controversy surrounding the radio station with great interest. While I enjoy the irreverence and unpredictability of the student-run programs, I’ve been dismayed to find that some of my favorite programs no longer air at …

John Montanari: Listeners a forgotten voice in WMUA controversy

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Kudos to the Gazette for its wise editorial stance on the current conflict at WMUA. While the student-community host conflict has been the primary focus of the news reports, I’d like to speak up for a very important third constituency that too often gets overlooked …

Rick McNeil: WMUA student leadership should be replaced for actions

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: A couple weeks ago, I was listening to the WMUA radio station on a Sunday afternoon when the host of “Nine Volt Heart” said that his show was being moved to 4 in the morning. At first I thought it was a joke. Then I …

Edward J. Sayer: Musante’s vision will live on with health center at Bangs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Like everyone else, I am so deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of John Musante. I remember him not only for the effective leader he was but also specifically for his insight and vision with respect to partnering with the Hilltown Community Health …

David Katz: GOP candidates fail to live up to great Republican presidents

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: I learned much from watching the Republican presidential candidates debate on Sept. 16. According to Chris Christie, by supporting a woman’s right to choose whether to bear a child, Hillary Clinton is fostering “systemic murder.” Ben Carson would grant illegal immigrants a trial six-month “guest …

Andy Grant: Mount Toby Friends: Act fast on renewable energy initiatives

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: The Gazette article “Baker urges action on solar, energy bills,” on Sept. 11 speaks to the urgency of addressing climate change at the state level. Mount Toby Friends Meeting (Quaker) supports state action in moving as rapidly as possible to renewable energy. We agree with …

John Coster: Appalled that UMass leaders aren’t resolving WMUA dispute

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: As a musician who has appeared on WMUA’s “Celtic Crossings,” I cannot claim to be an unbiased observer of the disturbing events at the radio station this summer. I can say, however, that Louise Dunphy’s radio show and some of the other programming have elevated …

Ellenor M. Rennell: Grateful that ‘Book Man’ at Forbes will keep delivering

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you. What great news when the “Book Man” came with the happy news that he would continue delivering books on behalf of Forbes Library. I would like to thank the person, or persons, who made this possible. Ellenor M. Rennell …

Bernie Bachand: Likes old school when it comes to dressing for school

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

To the editor: In my day when you went into a restaurant or a public place and you were wearing a cap, you always “uncovered.” In the Sept. 16 Gazette there is a photo of a young man at Northampton High School in a videography class with his …