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Editorial: Year ahead will decide fate of Hatfield Center School

Sunday, July 5, 2015

It has been 35 years since Hatfield children walked from final classes at the town’s Center School and 10 years since residents faced up to the fact that the handsome brick building at 58 Main St. has been orphaned by change. So what to do? Last October, a two-thirds majority of Hatfield residents decided at Town Meeting to tear it down. After demolition costs rose, they added $92,000 this May …

Thondup Tsering: A global leader for peace, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, turns 80

Sunday, July 5, 2015

AMHERST — Today, Monday, is the 80th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Tibetans and their supporters will be celebrating and rejoicing this special occasion with great fervor. Already we have seen several mega-celebrations in India. Even Tibetans in occupied Tibet, despite the Chinese ban, are finding ways to celebrate and offer their gratitude to His Holiness. His Holiness the …

John Howard: Plethora of incentives for investment in renewables

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: The pope’s encyclical needs to be supported by more incentives, but renewable energy tax credits and rebates come and go in an arbitrary way. For those considering an investment in renewables, it’s best to check federal, state, town, seller, installer and utility websites before any purchase and to get estimates and talk to equipment owners. Why should you get tax …

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Judith Fine: Time for Northampton to create another option: a dog park on city property

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I write in response to a letter June 23 regarding the meeting for recreational users of the former state hospital property. We both went to the same meeting, but came away with different views. At the end of the meeting, Jeffrey Peterson, superintendent of the Smith …

Charles Bodhi: Church killings need to be seen as terrorism

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Call the executions of nine church members of African descent in Charleston, South Carolina, what they were: an act of terror, one of far too many visited on our people since being taken captive and transported to these shores. Nearly 400 years after we began …

John Sinton: Movement needed to reinstate Glenn Siegel at WMUA at UMass

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the Gazette’s recent reporting on the mess at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dysfunction in Student Affairs is nothing new, nor is the sense of entitlement from students, who expect to take charge without taking responsibility. It’s …

Marianna Kaul-Connolly: Columnist offered illumination on path to racial understanding

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank Jim Foudy for his June 20 Gazette column, “David Ruggles, Florence pioneer.” In the wake of the tragic massacre of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, this was a timely piece of local and national history that encourages us to reflect …

Editorial: When equality is victor, every American benefits

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jurists and legal scholars will continue to disagree about whether the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses provided the correct foundation for the Supreme Court to outlaw state bans on same-sex marriage. Friday’s landmark decision came …

Editorial: New Hadley police chief takes charge of overtime problem

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It’s good to see that Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason, who is trying to solve a long-time money problem, has a lot of heads nodding in agreement. The new chief told members of the Select Board last week …

Kit Sang Boos: S.C. shooter wanted race war, not war on Christians

Friday, June 26, 2015

To the editor: I agree with a recent letter writer from Easthampton who said that the massacre in a South Carolina church is unbearable when there is already so much loss, suffering and grief in the world. I am a bit puzzled that he concludes that now all …

Elizabeth Carlisle: Area where Amherst bicyclist hit by car does not have bike lane

Friday, June 26, 2015

To the editor: In the interest of would-be hikers and cyclists along Northeast Street that connects the town of Amherst and Cushman, I would like to clarify the setting for the tragic death of a young woman last summer referred to in the Gazette June 18. In both …

Janet Aalfs: Move Nashawannuck Pond flag to city streets for view, nature

Friday, June 26, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to an Easthampton resident for his thoughtful June 20 letter about a large American flag in the backdrop of Nashawannuck Pond. I feel that the splendor of Easthampton and all its inhabitants, human and otherwise, could be more truly honored by displaying our nation’s …

Yvonne Freccero: Reader will miss informative ‘Parent to Parent’ column

Friday, June 26, 2015

To the editor: Mary Cleary Kiely’s column in “Parent to Parent” will be greatly missed. Although all my children are now adults I learn something from her every month. She writes beautifully and lovingly even through difficult times. A collection of her past columns would make a great …