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Ian Newman: Frontier should be extending school day, not trimming it back

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: The start of school at Frontier Regional High School will be accompanied by changes decided upon back in April. In an effort to give teachers more time to plan their curriculum and do other tasks as well as reduce substitutes, most Fridays in the coming year will be subject to early dismissal. Students will lose 90 minutes in the school day, getting out at 12:45 p.m. rather …

Elisa Campbell: Speeding drivers imperil safety on Route 9

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: When I first read about a terrible collision on Route 9 in Cummington on Aug. 5, I empathized with the people involved but was sure I did not know the victim or his family. I felt a particular connection because in July I had been driving home toward Amherst on Route 9 from Cummington weekly and I distinctly remembered one …

Pat Hynes: Do not let state’s solar energy goals go by the wayside

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: The Aug. 21 edition of The Gazette carried four disparate articles that, intentionally or not, reinforced the momentum of climate change, the folly of fossil fuels and the political obstacles in the race for renewables and efficiency as our energy future in Massachusetts. In what is a large margin for weather records, July was “the planet’s warmest month on record,” …

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Don Robinson: Jimmy Carter, the lion of Camp David

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancerous tumors in his brain provoked deep feelings around the world and across this country. The news stirred personal memories as well. In the fall of 1975, when he declared his candidacy for president, his staff planned a visit to …

Editorial: Eyesores in Hadley will at last come down

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The town of Hadley showed great patience over the slow decay of buildings near the corner of Route 9 and Bay Road. In the end, it took local leverage to get something done. Robert Bolduc, the president of Pride Inc., is now pledging to demolish the former Aqua …

Georgina Moroney: Donald Trump, thy name is ‘trumper’

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: When the noise dies, Donald Trump will discover that his only contribution to the American political scene will be a new word coined for personal abject greed, insatiable ego, prejudice, bigotry, self-aggrandizement, xenophobic pronouncements, as shallow as his message. Webster has an apt and description …

Eric Stahlberg III: Not an impressive start for housing authority’s new leader

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority leadership and board apparently got their recent attempt to flex their muscles wrong. The board should know the rules for public employment. The leadership should have learned the rules of the game before trying to play. That is the usual mark …

John Howard: Don’t overlook low-cost heat saving techniques for your home

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: Your article in the Aug. 12 Home magazine, “Home efficiency upgrades fall short,” concerned only high-cost upgrades. There are many low cost ones that will pay off, especially when children help out. They can see that you are doing something about climate change. A free …

Suzanne Farrington: Dismayed by news of Northampton Housing Authority firings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: I read with great concern the news that David Adamson and Lynn Smith at the Northampton Housing Authority were being fired. I’m sure Cara Clifford, the new executive director, has her reasons, but I have been impressed with both Adamson’s and Smith’s professionalism and abilities. …

Barry Hirsch: Rhyme and reason with Iran over the nuclear deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The premise on which all Iranian nuclear discussions are based is that under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. As is often stated “all options are on the table,” which we all know is code for military strikes. This premise appears …

Editorial: Tapping senior voices gives Lathrop Community an edge

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

After a quarter century as part of the local “senior living market,” the Lathrop Community Inc. is looking at the next 25 years. The nonprofit group recently hired a Boston architectural firm to help it shape a $26 million expansion plan in Northampton and Easthampton. Even though details …

Anne Perkins: Berkshire Gas’s moratorium on natural gas is bogus

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: I am pleased to see that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has asked Berkshire Gas to lift its moratorium and that the Gazette has editorialized in support of an independent review. Given my experience with the company, I believe the moratorium is nothing but a tactic …

David Katz: Housing authority’s treatment of workers ‘terribly unfair’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority’s termination of five employees with seemingly little to no notice, as told in several Gazette stories in recent days, is terribly unfair. Several were longtime employees, one having worked for the agency for more than 30 years. According to the new …