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Editorial: Easthampton mayor, in glide path to second term, should articulate goals for city

Thursday, October 8, 2015

As Easthampton Mayor Karen L. Cadieux closes out her first term, a second awaits on a silver platter next month. Why? She’s running unopposed. That may say something good about the job she’s done so far as only the city’s second mayor. But the lack of contest may not be in her long-term best interest — or that of the city. Competition can keep an elected leader sharp, focused on …

John Paradis: A real Common Core: Let’s teach young people about character

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember a lot of things about middle school and most were not very positive. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of good role models. I would describe my middle school years as being stuck in a state of anarchy. Later, in public high school, I had an exceptional coach, Wayne Nakoneczny, who left an imprint on me with principles I’ve …

Mindy Domb and Sarah Barr: Musante provided critical support of Amherst Survival Center

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To the editor: At the Amherst Survival Center, we experience John Musante’s support for our neighbors in need in a variety of ways, every day. This includes his effort to put the center on a permanent bus stop, his strong endorsement of the center’s move to our new location and his assistance with the acquisition of our state-of-the-art walk-in freezer/refrigerator for our food …

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Hampshire COG responds to state DPU’s denial of electricity aggregation project

Friday, October 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following commentary was written by the elected councilors of the Hampshire Regional Council of Governments. NORTHAMPTON — The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of …

Editorial: Onus on Northampton Housing Authority directors to stabilize organization

Friday, October 2, 2015

Barely two months into her job running the Northampton Housing Authority, Executive Director Cara Clifford had fired employees without giving them due process, run afoul of the state’s Open Meeting Law, negotiated a $70,000 laundry contract in violation of competitive bidding rules and compromised tenant privacy by improperly …

Bill Newman: Innocence lost, decency found — thanks to Yogi Berra

Friday, October 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I miss Yogi Berra. A signed photograph of him, a Father’s Day gift from my wife Dale, hangs on a wall in my office, close to the one of Mickey Mantle, above the one of Bobby …

Tony Redington: Concerns over pedestrian safety at roundabout are unfounded

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: The concern over pedestrian safety at the proposed Amherst roundabout at Triangle and East Pleasant streets must be dismissed. Single-lane roundabouts are safe for walkers. Research shows single-laners reduce pedestrian death rates by about 90 percent, as well as lower the severity of injuries. With …

Rebekah Madera: Northampton School Committee needs Baird’s experience, passion

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Please accept my highest recommendation to elect Tom Baird of 37 Drewsen Drive, in Florence, to the Northampton School Committee (Ward 6). I am a Northampton resident deeply invested in the public schools with a child in them myself. Baird and I taught professionally at …

Edward Keefe: Iron ‘monstrosity’ on courthouse lawn should come down

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hampshire County Courthouse has been refurbished at great expense, I think it is time to remove the large iron monstrosity from the front lawn. It has no historical meaning, and I cannot see where it has artistic value. Edward Keefe Leeds …

Mary L. Wentworth: Columnist should not overlook power of a Sanders campaign

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: In his monthly column on Sept. 21, Don Robinson states flat out that neither Sanders nor Trump can win the White House next year. The arguments that are supposed to close off this possibility for Sanders are the same ones made by the Democratic Party …

STEVE RANDALL and LARRY ELY: The barbarism of global economics

Thursday, October 1, 2015

By 2007, China was responsible for two thirds of the annual increase in global emissions. Some of that was the result of China’s own internal development … But a lot of it was directly tied to foreign trade: according to one study, between 2002 and 2008, 48 percent …

Editorial: Belchertown police chief Francis Fox Jr. leaves without reprimand

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For the second time this year, Francis Fox Jr. is walking away from a conflict without people “making any determination of wrongdoing.” The first time, Fox came out on top. That occurred when a Granby police officer recognized …

Robert Bussewitz: A football loss is disappointing, but certainly not a ‘devastation’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: “Devastation” the Gazette headline says, describing the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team’s defeat at the hands of Temple University? Really? Well, I’m not a Temple fan. In fact I’m a UMass alum (class of 1964). I can image how “broken-hearted” UMass fans were having …