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Sylvia Snape: Vote for Kulik so he can continue his good work

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: We, in the first Franklin district are fortunate to have Steve Kulik as our state representative. Steve has held this seat because he has a consistent record of voting in the House in support of the people in our district. He’s stood for workers rights, supported union contracts for UMass workers at all levels, spoken on behalf of labeling GMOs, and many other important issues. Currently he …

Elizabeth Silver: She’s voting for Healey, Coakley and against casinos

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: In addition to Maura Healey, on Nov. 4 I’m voting for Martha Coakley and for the casino repeal. Why Coakley? Because I care about how our state serves poor, vulnerable and marginalized people. The governor along with the secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services appoints commissioners to agencies that oversee the everyday lives of these individuals …

Nancy Natale: Doesn’t agree with Ayvazian on Obama

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in regard to the opinion piece by Andrea Ayvazian published in the Oct. 11-12 issue of the Gazette. I really dislike reading pieces like this, especially from people who say they’ve been big Obama supporters. Even though Ms. Ayvazian admits that President Obama has been “stymied by a Congress that often mocks him, undermines him at every …

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Sierra Triozzi: Praises Supreme Court on not ruling on gay marriage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I would like to applaud the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear cases in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Caroline, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming of their cities …

Nancy Slator: Don’t infantilize Malala Yousafzai

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: When I was young back in the last century, all women of any age were referred to as “girls.” This became recognized as a sexist construction to deny women their place as adults. This sexism lingers on, however, in references to teenagers. In a recent …

Christine Mulcahy: Get those kiddies college and career ready

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I write concerning the Oct. 10 article, “Inside an acclaimed Amherst teacher’s kindergarten class.” Ricci Mastroianni has been awarded the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching award. Based on what? Where are the test scores? How can the effectiveness of a teacher be determined without …

Rhoda Honigberg, George Goodwin: Support these Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: Try to imagine the U.S. Senate under the control of a newly elected Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell: when to vote — indeed, whether to vote — on judicial and diplomatic appointments would be in his hands. Any chance of further minimizing the filibuster would …

Camille Cammack: Many questions about ASPEN school data system

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: When I logged into the new ASPEN data management system, recently rolled out by Northampton schools, I was dismayed to find 46 numeric scores evaluating my child’s progress during the first month of school. The scores documented his performance ranging from his results on a …

Melissa Perot: Blames UMass students for damage to flower boxes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: The Montague Road bridge flower boxes are gone, tipped over into the river and shattered along with their still flowering contents. They were constructed from recycled wood by myself, husband and 15-year-old grandson living with …

Editorial: When rough things happen in prized natural places

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week, two stories in the Gazette featured comments from science experts explaining how events that seem wholly destructive can benefit the natural environment. We’re talking about coverage of the Easthampton microburst and the start, within days, of …

Joe Gannon: Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette carried a story Oct. 4 about the City Council condemning the vandalizing of an Israeli flag hoisted outside a local synagogue. “The resolution characterizes the vandalism as expressions of contempt and implicit and actual violence,” the Gazette reported, “that are the opposite to the …

Adam Fisher: Security and the self: To inform or not to inform

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — My overstuffed basement is not a place I willingly visit, but with the recent kerfuffle about a “confidential [drug] informant” program at the University of Massachusetts, I felt compelled to go. Down in that basement somewhere, …

Editorial: The youngest Nobelist brings the wisest world view

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

‘Who is Malala?” That is what the man with a gun asked young women riding in the back of a pick-up that moments before had been bouncing along rough roads in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. No one answered but glances gave them away. He raised his pistol and fired. …