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Marc Solomon: Get the ball rolling on saving Lake Warner

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for the recent article on the fight to save North Hadley’s Lake Warner. I’m a long-time resident of the Valley but new to North Hadley and moved here for the sense of community, tranquility and proximity to Lake Warner. I was surprised to learn that the future of the lake is in doubt. But I was glad to find that there is a group now … 0

Marc Kenen: Time for bitterness toward charter schools to end

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: We agree with former Mayor Clare Higgins in her March 28 column that the State Legislature should fully fund the program that reimburses districts for school funds they lose to charters. But, we disagree with her assessment that the creation of charters has resulted in a parallel school system that … 0

John M. Connolly: Parade should follow example of Pope Francis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: In a recent letter to the Gazette, an official of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts sought to justify the refusal of the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee to allow openly gay groups to participate in the event. The writer claimed that such groups proclaim a “message which is anti-Catholic.” In fact, however, Catholics are more accepting — and … 0

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Larry Parnass, the editor of the Gazette, has been on the newspaper's staff since 1988 as an editor, reporter and columnist.

Now we aren't being quite truthful are we. The Anti-klan rally was really a march by the Communist Workers Party and the...(full comment)

Local doctor says man accused of gunning down three in Kansas Sunday conspired in death of her husband in 1979 “Greensboro Massacre”

This event is why the word "tolerance" is no longer needed here in Western Mass. We don't just tolerate our gay community,...(full comment)

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Byron Poplawski: Added traffic light just causes more problems

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I have been a resident of Northampton for 18 years and recently have encountered an unnecessary hassle which hampers my daily commute. The problem occurs at the intersection of Main Street and Route 10 by the Edwards Church and the Academy of Music. What happens … 0

Michael Clancy: Praises Fleitman column ... not

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Jay Fleitman for his latest column — you know, the one where he debunks the so-called “War on Women” (unlike the “War on Christmas,” which is for realsies). Who better than a privileged white male who has control over his own body (soon … 0

Editorial: Our public health emergency: opiods and heroin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has rightly declared opioid and heroin addiction a public health crisis. The toll exacted on society by the increasing number of people addicted to prescription painkillers — often a route to heroin addiction — cannot … 0

Amy Pybus: Don’t let your kids be pushed around by the MCAS test, consider opting out

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Spring is finally here, that wonderful time that brings us crocuses, baby chicks, sunshine, fresh air and of course, standardized testing. When I got the notice from school that MCAS was approaching (“These tests are very important, have your child sleep and eat a good breakfast, … 0

C. J. Doyle: Don’t force parade to host message it disagrees with

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette’s March 22 editorial on the Boston and Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day parades, which quoted part of our news release, the Gazette argued that not every group which marches in these parades is there to promote Irish culture, but are willing to “support, … 0

Gail Fries: Local Parent Aid volunteers sought

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: If you would like to volunteer to do something meaningful, consider this: when you help a struggling parent, you help the whole family. For more than 30 years, the Parent Aide Volunteer Program in Hadley, a program of Berkshire Children and Families, has provided local … 0

Paul Lyons: Forest Watch message increasingly discounted

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Your recent editorial about logging on Northampton’s watershed lands provides yet another important voice of reason regarding the appropriate use of our precious natural resources. Real conservationists have long known that our forests can be both used and protected — one doesn’t preclude the other. … 0

Dan Clawson: Northampton has a problem with management

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Northampton has a management problem. The mayor, the City Council, and the Department of Public Works seem to have trouble setting priorities. Potholes are a menace to property, but more important to life. I’m one of the lucky ones who has managed to avoid damage … 0

Tina Daponde: S. Hadley school group applauds Jay Patruno

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: The South Hadley Educational Association believes strongly in partnering with our district administration and our community in creating the best possible schools for our students; as educators, all of our efforts in the current negotiation process are geared toward that end. While we appreciate our … 0

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Regarding the recent Supreme Court political campaign contributions decision, I would appreciate assistance from conservatives and originalists considerate enough to direct me to the clauses in the Constitution that define speech as money and further … 17