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Ian Newman: Frontier should be extending school day, not trimming it back

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: The start of school at Frontier Regional High School will be accompanied by changes decided upon back in April. In an effort to give teachers more time to plan their curriculum and do other tasks as well as reduce substitutes, most Fridays in the coming year will be subject to early dismissal. Students will lose 90 minutes in the school day, getting out at 12:45 p.m. rather …

Elisa Campbell: Speeding drivers imperil safety on Route 9

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: When I first read about a terrible collision on Route 9 in Cummington on Aug. 5, I empathized with the people involved but was sure I did not know the victim or his family. I felt a particular connection because in July I had been driving home toward Amherst on Route 9 from Cummington weekly and I distinctly remembered one …

Pat Hynes: Do not let state’s solar energy goals go by the wayside

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: The Aug. 21 edition of The Gazette carried four disparate articles that, intentionally or not, reinforced the momentum of climate change, the folly of fossil fuels and the political obstacles in the race for renewables and efficiency as our energy future in Massachusetts. In what is a large margin for weather records, July was “the planet’s warmest month on record,” …

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Robert Neill: Speed bumps are not solution to Amherst’s traffic problems

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: Got a real or imagined traffic problem in Amherst? Circle or lights can’t solve it? Throw speed bumps at it. Speed bumps, the all-purpose substitute for thinking. If you want to stop drivers from using residential streets as bypasses to Route 9, give them a …

Glenn Meakim: Hadley should not force Pride to demolish buildings, trees

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: So all the old houses, restaurants and motel are coming down at a site owned by Pride Inc. at the western end of Route 9 in Hadley. All the trees are to come down. Pride’s president said the town officials demand it. If so, Hadley …

Malcolm Pradia: ‘Superhero’ Sanders is the right choice for president next year

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president. I’m excited about him and many of his ideas. In fact, plenty of people I speak with are equally excited, but I still hear “he won’t win.” To that I ask “why?” I like to remind folks that …

Barbara Sharp: Mayor made wrong call allowing cars to park in bike lane

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: The Lathrop Home on South Street in Northampton held its annual picnic lunch Aug. 12. As in years past, at least two dozen cars were parked in the bicycle lanes on both sides of South Street near the home. This constituted a danger to cyclists, …

Peter J. and Michele M. Marcoux: Cummington Fair ‘dictatorship’ owes CRD Metalworks an apology

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: We usually don’t take a stand regarding issues that don’t involve us. However, our hearts say that we need to take a stand regarding this issue. We cannot believe that the Hillside Agricultural Society has asked CRD Metalworks not to participate in the Cummington Fair …

Editorial: New Amtrak route shows promise, but pieces still missing

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are these trains — Amtrak’s Vermonter and other north-south service — bound for glory? If so, wishing won’t make it so — and it may be time for officials to stop salivating over the potential for economic development. Only patient and continued public investment in routes, schedules and …

Christopher Flavelle: birthright

Monday, August 24, 2015

Until three years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders — temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed …

Sidney B. Simon: Of wars, equality and the focus on grades

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I congratulate you for printing that excellent piece by Steve Pfarrer on the books of Professor Christian C. Appy that focus on the Vietnam War. We must not forget that war. Appy’s quote from Henry Steele Commager needs to be read widely. “... though we …

George Levinger: Deal on Iranian nuclear issue worthy of support

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: Do we want another war in the Mideast, specifically against Iran? If the detractors of our president are to be supported, that’s what we’re likely to get. Should we listen to the Republican politicians, whose aim is to vilify Obama on his every policy, whether …

Nancy Bandman-Boyle: Looking for compromise on library depository planned for Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — I’d like to clarify opinions I shared during the Hadley Planning Board meeting last week and offer further details than were reported in Wednesday’s article, “Hadley presses for smaller Five Colleges library annex.” I believe in a place for books and I support my local libraries. …