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Editorial: In opioid fight, state should tread carefully in screening students

Friday, October 9, 2015

Untangling the opioid crisis in Massachusetts requires an ability to see the many different strands that compose this troubling situation. The public knows that the crisis fueled by heroin and opioid abuse is a multilayered health issue, one that calls for treatment, including more facilities with more beds as well as programs and services to help individuals remain on sobriety’s path. The public understands, too, the crisis is a law …

Mike Flynn: Supports Reade for position on Northampton School Committee

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: I’m a lifelong resident of Northampton with a vested interest in public education. I was a product of our schools, and currently have four kids in the system. I taught second grade for 14 years, was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2008, and am currently the director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College. I also served …

Audrey Child: Time for Amherst residents to embrace change, not fear it

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: I can cheerfully answer yes to anti-charter commission questions in Amherst. I look forward to change in downtown Amherst. We can do better than watching it turn into a vast parking lot between Thanksgiving and New Year’s with struggling shops the rest of the year. Boltwood Place, “the white cube” behind Judie’s Restaurant? That tells me that there will be …

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Johanna Neumann: Amherst should go big on solar

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — Like many of us, Amherst’s late town manager, John Musante, had a vision for a cleaner and greener future. In fact, the week before his untimely death, Musante’s team unveiled the next chapter in Amherst’s solar story: a proposal to power all of Amherst’s town and …

James Durfer: The VA and me — a Desert Storm veteran now fighting ALS reports from his new front line

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The quality of care and wait times at our nation’s veterans hospitals has been headline material for the last year. I would like provide both a personal description of my care and a brief description of …

Tom Gardner: Play about Vietnam war can teach a forgetful nation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is “The Draft” versus “Mediamnesia.” Who are these contenders battling it out in the ring of our troubled national memory? Let me explain. “Mediamnesia” is a term I’ve coined for the phenomenon of national forgetting encouraged by the selective absence of information and truth-telling in …

Gerald S. Budgar & Megan R. Zinn: Northampton public schools are serving college-bound well

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — There has been considerable discussion about standardized tests the Northampton public schools are required to administer to students. While proponents say these tests are useful in measuring the quality of education delivered in local classrooms, many residents don’t feel they accurately measure student progress or the …

Editorial: A chance for compromise in Dunkin’ Donuts flap

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

At a recent meeting in the Williamsburg Town Offices, residents came out in droves to pan a plan to construct a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise at 142 Main St. in Haydenville, the site of a now-closed bank. But instead of declaring war against it, residents should see this as …

Dr. David Gottsegen: Health care providers must expand treatment beyond pills

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: I read with great interest your front page story on the Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference at the Log Cabin on Sept. 25. Like most, if not all, physicians, I have seen families devastated by addiction and death from prescription pain killers and heroin. …

Michael Harris: Proposed changes at housing authority are sorely needed

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The recent articles in the Gazette regarding Cara Clifford, the new executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, have been negative, judgemental and based on information from employees affected by the organizational change due to their positions being eliminated. I wanted to comment as a …

Samantha Kramer: Hotel puts profits over lives of employees

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The Hotel Northampton is an example of why unions are still needed. Workers are not treated with respect or dignity. At a place where workers cannot afford the food that they are selling, or the rooms that they are cleaning, there is a problem with …

Lois Barber & Ron Israel: Concern real that Paris climate change pledges are falling short

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — The 21st United Nations sponsored Conference of the Parties will be held in Paris this December. The goal of this gathering, known as COP21, is to produce the first meaningful, legally binding international climate treaty since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Paris may be our last …

Dr. Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Studies shows states jumped gun on medical marijuana

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the question about the effectiveness of medical marijuana raised in a Sept. 15 Gazette article, two medical literature reviews on the subject were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, one by a team of 13 authors in Bristol, England, …