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Rich Fleming: Shocked at the condition of Granby elementary school

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Recently, my 4-year-old (almost 5) excitedly directed us to see her “new school,” the West Street Elementary School in Granby, that she will be attending as a kindergartner in the fall. She could not have been more excited to show us that the school had two playgrounds and that she was going to be a big girl, transitioning from her daycare school. This is where the story …

Johanna Halbeisen: Siegel invaluable at UMass radio station, should be reinstated

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: I was very alarmed to learn from a May 9 Gazette article that Glenn Siegel has been removed from his post as faculty advisor at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts. I have known Siegel’s work at WMUA since 1983 when I first went on the air there with “Undercurrents,” a current affairs show that is still …

Jimmy Burgoff: Hauling company owner says rail cleanup costs too high

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Thirty years ago when I lived on Martha’s Vineyard, I had a dump-run business as well as my current moving business. The local electric company would periodically hire me to haul away creosote poles to the Oak Bluffs unsanitary landfill. As I recall, they had to be cut into 4-feet lengths for legal disposal. The creosote would dull the chainsaw …

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Christopher W. Norris: Mutual aid critical piece of emergency response in cash-strapped communities

Monday, May 18, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Last month I saw a report on a local TV news station regarding the Southampton Fire Department not responding to an emergency medical call and having to rely on a neighboring community for assistance. The report was critical of the department and its personnel. I want …

Editorial: State should join movement to protect pregnant workers

Monday, May 18, 2015

One by one, states across the country are doing the right thing by codifying into law protections for pregnant woman and new mothers in the workforce. It’s time for Massachusetts to join the fray. A movement is afoot to compel employers to make reasonable — in most cases, …

Saraphina Moon Forman: Girl thanks those who supported her successful rainforest hike

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to thank the Gazette for the article that was published about Hike For What’s Right, the rainforest fundraiser that I organized. The article got a lot of attention, raised a lot of awareness and helped us out a lot. We had around …

Greg Bascomb: Amherst Democrats looking for ideas, comments

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Democratic Town Committee is looking for comments and ideas from its membership and the public at large as it plans for its actions in the coming year. The major political outlet for Amherst Democrats is planning a year of meetings, public commentary and …

Kurt Heidinger: Fracked gas is not low cost or environmentally responsible

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: As reported in an April 27 Gazette story about Berkshire Gas backing a pipeline through western Massachusetts, company spokesman Christopher Farrell made several wild claims before the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce that deserve correction, including one about “ecoterrorists” operating in our area. (Editor’s note: …

Suzanne Meserve: Postpartum depression program needs to reach more mothers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a parent educator at Baystate Medical Center, I know that one in seven mothers will experience postpartum depression (PPD). I see this in the women I care for in the Baystate New Beginnings postpartum support program for new parents. PPD can have a lasting …

Robert Price: Axia answers letter writer’s questions about South Hadley service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: We wish to provide some perspective and clarity to a recent letter that appeared in the Gazette. The author cites comments and concerns about Axia NetMedia Corp.’s intentions in South Hadley. The prices for Axia’s services mentioned in the letter are correct. The monthly residential …

Laurie García: Why a Mother’s Day advertisement made an unsupportable claim

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a teacher for many years, I am often tempted to correct the many mistakes I see and hear outside of the classroom, especially when grammar is involved. I want to write or call ad agencies or media sources, but I usually do not take …

Sara Weinberger: Putting one’s faith into action

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I first met Michael Kane when we joined a group organized by Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton to raise funds for humanitarian relief for victims of the genocide in Darfur. Today, Michael and I are once again working with communities of faith, this time to spread …

Editorial : Putting human face on ravages of drug addiction

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The parents of a Granby teen recently showed the courage it will take for society to come to grips with the public health threat presented by drug addiction. Richard Hooper faced a nightmare April 24 when he found his son on a computer looking up prescription pills he’d …