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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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Lester J. Hartman, MD: Old enough to know better about tobacco’s effects on health

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WESTWOOD — First, I would like to thank Lt. Col. John Paradis, a Gazette columnist, for his service to this great nation and for defending the rights of all Americans. In my family, three generations of men served …

Editorial: Railroad must be pushed to remove dangerous debris immediately

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To David Celino, the state’s chief fire warden, piles of thousands of used railroad ties are in effect “heavy fuels. … All it takes is one spark to get a fire going.” So why, months after rail improvements were completed along Pan Am Railways lines in the Valley, …

Ed Stockman: Glyphosate found in many foods we eat remains a concern

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In late March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the research arm of the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and many other herbicidal products, a “probable carcinogen.” Ironically, in 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency quietly raised the …

Andy Morris-Friedman: Adventures in nature, science at N. Hadley Pond Day Saturday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: The Friends of Lake Warner and the Mill River are excited to invite people to the first North Hadley Pond Day on Saturday, May 16. The event will include a free afternoon of nature, science, adventure and fun for the whole family. It runs from …

Margaret Walden: Smith scholars conclude that being a woman is a state of mind

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: So, the Smith scholars have consulted, considered and cogitated — and concluded that being a woman is really a state of mind. Margaret Walden Southampton …

Marisa Labozzetta: St. Mary’s church is protected as part of historic district

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In an article in the Gazette May 7 citing the Vatican’s decision to close St. Mary’s Church in Northampton, Monsignor John Bonzagni is quoted as saying the church could possibly be “torn down,” instilling fear in St. Mary’s advocates that a “CVS or a Wal-Mart” …

Richard S. (Dick) Stein Goessmann: When it comes to plastic bags, combine ease with economics

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: There has been discussion about efforts to ban plastic bags. I agree that the commonly used thin bags usually distributed free by markets present a problem for proper disposal. While, in principle, they can be recycled, the cost of doing so probably does not justify …

Susan Boucher: Seniors have a right to weigh in on the use of center

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: This is in response to a recent letter writer in the Gazette regarding the “protest” and meeting with the mayor at the Northampton Senior Center. “Seniors behaving badly” — I think not. How about seniors concerned enough about their facility to give input and seek …

Ralph Kaplan: Let’s hope changes at Faces sign of good things to come

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: The exciting news that Faces has been sold and will remain at its location follows some more challenging developments for downtown Northampton and its commercial center. Previously, the court declared the Business Improvement District illegal and ordered its closure, Iris Photo closed and its space …

Steven W. Hawkins: Reparations long time coming for victims of Chicago police torture

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

While the nation watches as the city of Baltimore awaits justice from the investigation of the role of Baltimore police in the death of Freddie Gray, Chicago has just made history in holding police accountable for abuse. From 1972 to 1991 over 100 people, nearly all African-American men, …