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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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Jonathan Stevens: WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners To the editor: In regards to the Gazette’s story, “UMass gets a new station head,” as a business supporter of WMUA’s annual fund-drive and as an avid music listener, I am appalled at the treatment of Glenn Siegel and Max Shea …

David Lusteg: What ethics should guide those who video police activities?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: On May 6, I witnessed an incident at the bus stop at Pulaski Park. Around 6:10 p.m. I saw three uniformed police officers questioning a man sitting on a bench. At one point it was obvious the police were going to arrest the gentleman and …

David Gowler: Changes at WMUA will make station much less interesting

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AMHERST — At radio station WMUA, as I understand it, Glenn Siegel has been temporarily re-assigned as student advisor, based on an “investigation.” Program producer Max Shea has been banished from the station, apparently without redress. Both actions have been taken without any charges being filed or any …

Jim Foudy: Marty Meehan ready to write next chapter for UMass

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system will be led by an alum. I have seen a lot of presidents come and go — seven in the last 25 years. The eighth, Marty Meehan, may well prove to be the best of the …

Editorial: Time to find a future for a landmark Northampton Catholic church

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wheels turn slowly at the Vatican, but decisions do come. And this month, five years after Northampton parishioners filed an appeal in Latin to save St. Mary of the Assumption Church, they lost. The Apostolic Signatura ruled the Springfield Diocese followed church law when it closed both the …

Editorial: Between the lines on a case involving False Claims Act

Friday, May 15, 2015

No, no — and no. Evan S. Dobelle, who played loose with money that belonged to Westfield State University and to Massachusetts taxpayers, sent a recent message through one of his lawyers that contains at least three questionable assertions. We’ll take them one by one. Dobelle, the former …

Jim Palermo: Beware of the corporate fix for our schools

Friday, May 15, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Why are politicians falling over themselves proposing ways to “improve” our schools, while paying almost no attention to the basic reasons so many of our students are not able to attain their full potentials? The answer is simple: Money. Or, more specifically, the opportunity for corporate …

Nat Reade: Northampton father, business owner to run for school board

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I am writing today to announce that I am running for the Northampton School Committee as an at-large candidate. I have had two sons in our public schools for the past 10 years, and they have had great experiences at Bridge Street Elementary School, JFK …

Dr. Stephen A. Eipper: Doctor recommends using DEET to keep ticks away

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see Pete Reddington’s article “It’s Tick Time” in recent issues of the Gazette and the Recorder. It certainly is that time of year. As adult ticks become active, we’re now seeing many people with deer tick bites in our urgent care …

Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Longtime doctor with office on Nonotuck says speeding too much

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see a recent letter about speeding on Nonotuck Street. Having had an office on Nonotuck for 40 years, I have often seen westbound drivers accelerate after reaching the top of the hill, and I have thought there should be an extra …