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Editorial: Sen. Markey zeroes in on proposed fracked gas pipeline motives

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get permits and permissions. This time it was U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts’ junior senator, who is the latest to call into question …

Jim Palermo: Lifting the veil on charter school statistics in Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The charter school debate has taken on new urgency now that Gov. Charlie Baker prioritized lifting the cap on charter schools during his State of the Commonwealth Address. He bolstered his endorsement by stating that Brooke Charter Schools in Roslindale, Mattapan and East Boston had higher scores on the English and Math PARRC Exams than those in the eight traditional public school districts …

Dave Roitman: Call on Baker to make fair carbon pricing part of climate strategy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: Several of us have written in previous Gazette pieces about the importance of carbon pricing. In brief, in survey after survey, over 90 percent of economists say that putting a price on carbon is the most effective and efficient way to reduce carbon emissions. Two bills are stalled in the Massachusetts Legislature that would price carbon for transportation and heating …

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Katharine Roberts: Double standard if Amherst name stays for town, college

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Amherst College trustee chairman Cullen Murphy was quoted in the Jan. 27 Gazette as saying, “Amherst College will always be the name of the school.” Then in a Gazette editorial this paragraph: “The Lord Jeffrey Inn will get a new name but the college will …

Mary Gorman: Substitute teachers should make more than teen babysitters

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: When I first worked as a substitute teacher in Amherst, back in 1988, the pay rate was $65 per day if you covered for an instructional paraprofessional, and $75 per day if you covered for a teacher. Twenty-eight years later, you still make $65 per …

Paul M. Craig: Misleading to call all founding fathers slave owners

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: We are often told that the Founding Fathers who wrote our Constitution were slave owners. This sweeping assertion is misleading because it is partly false. Of the 39 framers — which the Founding Fathers who wrote and signed the Constitution called themselves — almost half, …

Leonard A. Cohen: System leaves people seeking guardianship in dangerous limbo

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: If you are so unfortunate to have a disabled, totally incapacitated relative and require a court-appointed guardianship in the state of Massachusetts, I suggest you move to another state. I tried on Jan. 1, 2015, with the help of an attorney — and nine months …

Andra Rose: Let’s call Berkshire Gas’ bluff on its new service moratorium

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Berkshire Gas decided last year to stop providing new gas hook-ups here. They claimed that the gas supply was insufficient to add customers. This made no sense unless the company actually preferred to lose business in the short run to make the case for the …

Barbara Weiner Dubeck: Hillary Clinton is bringing the real revolution

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Hillary Clinton’s hard-fought victory in Iowa, albeit a very close race, was nevertheless her victory. Your Feb. 3 headline on a news analysis, “Clinton ekes out victory in Iowa,” was accurate. Why then, in a second-day story on her win, were the three front-page pictures …

Kathy Sarvary: The ‘sufferfest’ that is the glory of cyclocross racing

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: As a world and national champion in the sport of cyclocross, I was thrilled to read Kyle Grabowski’s piece on the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships and the appearance of western Massachusetts riders. I wish to congratulate Ellen Noble, Jeremy Powers and Steven Hyde. Missing from …

Editorial: A cautious start to year for WMass economy

Monday, February 8, 2016

Today, in the first of four expanded February business news sections, the Gazette reports on something that matters to everyone: the health of the region’s economy. The quick takeaway is that conditions are right for continued but modest growth. Economic conditions have been worse in recent years, experts …

John Sheirer: Our parties, our race problem

Monday, February 8, 2016

Last month, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes popped up on Facebook to celebrate the great civil rights leader’s birthday. Now that we’re in Black History Month, I’m pleased to see more of his words making the rounds in social media. Unfortunately, along with King’s inspiring quotes, …

John J. Templeton Sr.: The Obama-Sanders comparison comes down to ‘fat cats’

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: I write in response to the article headlined “Obama allies bristle at comparisons between Sanders and the president.” There is no need to bristle. Both President Obama and Bernie Sanders have put forth a similar progressive vision for the average American: lower health care premiums, …