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Kenneth Dym: Agrees with mayor’s proposal for tree warden

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in support of the Northampton mayor’s proposal to appoint a “Tree Warden” within the Department of Public Works. The City of Northampton needs to invest in our trees, to maintain them in the present and for the future. Nowhere is that more true at Village Hill. Over the next year, with the newest phase of development, approximately 80 new housing units are scheduled to …

Richard Kofler: Act now to reduce your energy consumption

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: On Oct. 9 the Amherst League of Women Voters sponsored a Forum on Climate Change, moderated by Nancy Eddy with panelists State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, State Rep. Ellen Story, State Rep. Peter Kocot and a representative from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. The forum was well attended and many of the attendees represented a variety of activist groups. The panelists …

Edwin D. Driver: Appreciates editorial on Nobel Peace winner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: Concerning “The youngest Nobelist brings wisest world view” Gazette editorial Oct. 15: thank you for your lucid and thoughtful narrative of Malala’s remarkable courage and talent in opposing social barriers to the education of girls and women In South Asia. She lends credence to a motto of Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, “Persevantia Vincit.” Edwin D. Driver South Hadley …

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Albert Tencate: Nation should demand better roads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I read the AP article in the Gazette of Oct. 13 concerning the gasoline tax. The people who drive cars in the U.S. don’t realize how little they pay to keep their cars rolling. In the Netherlands, where I come from, the price of gasoline …

Mark Anderson: Gives thanks for lunch program coverage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of Riverside Industries’ lunch program for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton (Oct. 6, “When work is more than a paycheck”). As the parents of a consumer of Riverside’s “stupendous” lunches — in our Hilltown student’s words — …

Rob Wilson: Thanks to many for talk by Jowel Iranzi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its fine coverage earlier this month of the Veterans Education Project event at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that featured a presentation by guest speaker Jowel Iranzi. Special thanks go out to Jowel, who works for Jewish Family Services …

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 …