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Jannine Covelli: Thanks to many for Burnett Gallery efforts

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: Located in the center of Amherst is an amazing art space: The Burnett Gallery. I have been privileged to make use of this large, well-lit space for my April show (“Order Seeking Chaos”). The Burnett gallery staff and volunteers made this experience easy and enjoyable, The Jones Library staff were helpful, accommodating and warmly welcoming. I thank all of you and especially Manuel, who maintained the space … 0

Jeff Lacy: Consumer choices drive local businesses

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: I am strongly in agreement with the April 12 letter writer (“Let’s give thanks to Mountain Goat owners) concerning the former Mountain Goat store and other venerable existing local businesses in Northampton. I could have written a similar letter about Amherst, so I will now. When I arrived in the early 1980s, you could buy men’s clothing and shoes, hardware, … 0

Rick Hood: Racism in Amherst needs more attention

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: The topic of racism has been front-page news lately here in Amherst. The attacks against Ms. Gardner were extreme and are getting most of the press. But as Ms. Gardner is the first to say, it is the day-to-day institutional racism that is the larger concern. There are many efforts going on to try to address this and we need … 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.

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Carl Delta: Later start time? Why not earlier sleep time?

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Megan Frazier: It’s time to invest in Easthampton schools

John Sheirer: The myth of lazy people

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Government benefits have long been stigmatized. When I was young, one family was teased because they were “on welfare.” I remember hearing a chorus of “Farewell, welfare!” when these kids trooped, heads down, off the school bus. I asked an older kid what “welfare” was. He … 2

UMass drunkards fighting for wrong rights

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the editor: Concerning the Blarney Blowout: Let’s see if I have this right. Every day thousands of young people across the globe are struggling for political and religious freedom, and sometimes simply the right to exist. They … 1

Editorial: Two juries, two mistrials — Is a Rintala prosecution still viable?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Unless prosecutors can develop more compelling evidence that Cara Lee Rintala killed her spouse, they won’t get a conviction. As much as people want to know what happened in the basement of the Rintalas’ home March 29, 2010, those answers depend on a jury being convinced the narrative … 1

John Paradis: Mr. Garand’s fearsome invention

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I would surmise that few school children in our region have heard of Jean “John” Cantius Garand. I suspect few adults, too. But if you are of French-Canadian descent like me, or you worked in the … 0

Molly Millay: Public voting in our schools needs to stop

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing because I am concerned about the safety of Amherst students on voting days, when our schools are thrown open to the public without proper security measures. Throughout the rest of the school year, Amherst school personnel take every precaution to ensure the … 0

Peter and Phyllis Jeswald: Praises Mike Mauri for thoughtful work on trees

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: In 1978 we bought 30-plus acres of mostly forested land in Conway. On this land we built a house, raised our children and now welcome our grandson for long weekends “in the country.” We cherish this land and have tried hard to be good stewards. … 0

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