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CAROL LOLLIS
Students at R.K. Finn Ryan Road school in Northampton; July, 2014

Editorial: Northampton police firearms training can be safely conducted

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For one hour Monday and several hours next Friday morning, students at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School will hear the sound of gunfire during the school day while city police undertake annual state-mandated firearms training at a site within hearing distance of the school. At least one school parent is incensed about this and plans to keep her child …

Philip Korman & Margaret Christie: A bushel and a peck of good things for Valley’s farm economy

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — We’ve always felt that how we feed each other is the true measure of any culture or community. We know that our faith in the importance of locally grown food and strengthening the local food economy is widespread in the Pioneer Valley. More and more people are invested in supporting local farms and ensuring that good food is available to …

Dan Conlon: Please return Kulik to the state House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I support Steve Kulik for re-election as state representative for the First Franklin District. His strong work ethic in the Legislature, accessibility to constituents and 21 years of delivering for Western Mass. residents should make it an easy decision for voters. He is a friend to farmers. Rep. Kulik has been an advocate for preserving farmland and supporting farm economies. …

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Beth Choquette, Mandy Gerry & Michaela O’Brien: The making of a playground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Bridge Street School started the year last month with a lot to be excited about: new staff, reinvigorated district leadership under our Superintendent John Provost and Chromebooks for students to share and learn basic computing …

Lois Ahrens: Protests over Ferguson outrage have not abated

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I support the conclusion of your Oct. 13 editorial, “The people are not the enemy.” However, I question certain statements you make including this one: “While the Ferguson protests have quieted ...” As your editorial was being written thousands of people — the majority of …

Albert Tencate: Nation should demand better roads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I read the AP article in the Gazette of Oct. 13 concerning the gasoline tax. The people who drive cars in the U.S. don’t realize how little they pay to keep their cars rolling. In the Netherlands, where I come from, the price of gasoline …

Mark Anderson: Gives thanks for lunch program coverage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of Riverside Industries’ lunch program for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton (Oct. 6, “When work is more than a paycheck”). As the parents of a consumer of Riverside’s “stupendous” lunches — in our Hilltown student’s words — …

Rob Wilson: Thanks to many for talk by Jowel Iranzi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its fine coverage earlier this month of the Veterans Education Project event at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that featured a presentation by guest speaker Jowel Iranzi. Special thanks go out to Jowel, who works for Jewish Family Services …

Sierra Triozzi: Praises Supreme Court on not ruling on gay marriage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I would like to applaud the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear cases in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Caroline, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming of their cities …

Nancy Slator: Don’t infantilize Malala Yousafzai

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: When I was young back in the last century, all women of any age were referred to as “girls.” This became recognized as a sexist construction to deny women their place as adults. This sexism lingers on, however, in references to teenagers. In a recent …

Christine Mulcahy: Get those kiddies college and career ready

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I write concerning the Oct. 10 article, “Inside an acclaimed Amherst teacher’s kindergarten class.” Ricci Mastroianni has been awarded the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching award. Based on what? Where are the test scores? How can the effectiveness of a teacher be determined without …

Rhoda Honigberg, George Goodwin: Support these Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: Try to imagine the U.S. Senate under the control of a newly elected Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell: when to vote — indeed, whether to vote — on judicial and diplomatic appointments would be in his hands. Any chance of further minimizing the filibuster would …

Camille Cammack: Many questions about ASPEN school data system

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: When I logged into the new ASPEN data management system, recently rolled out by Northampton schools, I was dismayed to find 46 numeric scores evaluating my child’s progress during the first month of school. The scores documented his performance ranging from his results on a …