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Hampshire College begins an Ethics and the Common Good Program this fall.

Editorial: Why a new Hampshire College program might offer Conscience 101

Monday, April 20, 2015

In the annals of “doing good,” Hampshire College graduate Julie Schecter appears to have earned her wings. She and other trustees of a family foundation called SHIFT will give more than $2 million to the school. That’s good in itself, but this is a gift meant to keep giving. Here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this effort will help guide …

Christine Clarke: Agricultural success in Valley starts with healthy soil

Monday, April 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Eighty years ago, on April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains on a day that came to be known as Black Sunday. During the 1930s, the Dust Bowl days saw huge dust storms ravage the Midwest because of years of overplanting, poorly managed crops and severe drought. During that massive storm in …

R.H. Mathews: Story could have used a more accurate headline

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: A recent Gazette article reporting a grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a headline stating “McGovern doles out $1.7M to UMass food research.” I believe a more accurate statement would be something like the following: “U.S. taxpayers provide $1.7M for UMass food research.” R.H. Mathews Amherst …

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Carolyn Ahearn: Salaries of nonprofit executives serve to undermine their mission

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to an April 2 Gazette article detailing a Clinical and Support Options workers rally over contract negotiations in Northampton. Karin Jeffers, CSO’s president and chief executive officer, is quoted as saying, “We do feel we’ve given them a fair offer. We can’t …

Rosemary Kofler: Amherst Follies a success because of local support

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: On behalf of the Friends of the Amherst Senior Center I would like to express our thanks to all who contributed to the success of the Sixth Annual Amherst Follies on March 29, the variety show that benefited the services and programs at the Amherst …

Editorial: Hampshire Regional YMCA needs to hear all voices on future of swim team

Friday, April 17, 2015

Leaders of the Hampshire Regional YMCA should think twice before eliminating a team that not only produces championship swimmers but provides an opportunity for young people of all abilities to learn healthy competition, self-discipline and a love of …

Jim Foudy: They call it ‘smart growth’ for a reason — and Amherst should take note

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In Northampton and Amherst this year the topics of smart growth and community gateways — and how they intersect — have generated debate. Smart growth principles encourage development in already urbanized areas. The idea is to concentrate housing, commerce, jobs and transportation while leaving land open …

Editorial: Hadley video archive of public meetings must be preserved

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hadley is rightly proud of its history. Hopkins Academy, the town’s public school, celebrated its 350th anniversary last year. Some of the best alluvial soils known to agriculture are warming for a new growing season. Off a busy commercial strip, common spaces on West Street sweep with a …

Jay Vinskey: The bonsai trees of King Street shouldn’t look that way

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Having worked to maintain the city’s “Tree City USA” designation as a member of the former Northampton Tree Committee and landscape architect, I was disheartened to notice the widespread hacking that occurred to the trees at …

J.M. Sorrell: High school should avoid text jargon on its new outdoor sign

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: A photo of the Northampton High School sign was on the Gazette’s front page earlier this month. While the controversy about having a lit sign in a residential neighborhood is happening, what I find most disturbing is the improper use of grammar on a high …

Patrick Boughan: Residents angry at rising bills should not blame local officials

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: I read a recent letter to the editor regarding Northampton’s stormwater fee with interest. The writer stated that the City Council established the stormwater fee “without consulting residents whatsoever.” I found it informative that, despite the city notifying everyone of the numerous stormwater fee public …

Ren Jewett, 9: To save the planet, we must change our behavior

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: I am very concerned about the environment and I am disgusted by pollution and animal cruelty, which is the reason I am writing this letter. The real reason pollution is happening is people never change their view to imagine themselves as a different species. For …

Editorial: Renowned architect to leave her artistry in Northampton

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The selection of Maya Lin as the architect for a $100 million redesign of the Neilson Library at Smith College promises a remarkable educational experience as the project unfolds during the rest of this decade. Smith will remake …