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Don Robinson: Debating issues of day remains citizen’s true calling

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ASHFIELD — This is a tale of American democracy at work on two extreme levels. On the first Saturday in May, Town Meeting in Ashfield was asked to decide whether to mount a preschool for all children in the nine-town regional school district of which Ashfield is a part. Meanwhile staff-members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (not the senators themselves) decided to prepare the final version of legislation authorizing …

Editorial: Northampton pool could keep YMCA team in the swim

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

News about the fate of the Hampshire Regional YMCA swim team didn’t emerge until the end of a recent meeting between Y leaders and team parents, further evidence that the organization’s leaders could use a lesson in the importance of clear communication. But when a member of the audience pressed the point in the meeting’s final question, Andy Pollock, chairman of the Y …

Kurt Heidinger: Reader takes issue with column’s objectivity on GMO labeling

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: In her May 6 guest column in the Gazette’s Viewpoints section, “Will the fight for GMO labeling get the job done?” Elizabeth Vierling confuses the consumer’s right to know what they are buying and thereby investing in, and the job of, as she puts it, “limit(ing) the reach of Big Ag products.” As her job title as a distinguished professor …

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Kurt Heidinger: Fracked gas is not low cost or environmentally responsible

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: As reported in an April 27 Gazette story about Berkshire Gas backing a pipeline through western Massachusetts, company spokesman Christopher Farrell made several wild claims before the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce that deserve correction, including one about “ecoterrorists” operating in our area. (Editor’s note: …

Suzanne Meserve: Postpartum depression program needs to reach more mothers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a parent educator at Baystate Medical Center, I know that one in seven mothers will experience postpartum depression (PPD). I see this in the women I care for in the Baystate New Beginnings postpartum support program for new parents. PPD can have a lasting …

Robert Price: Axia answers letter writer’s questions about South Hadley service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: We wish to provide some perspective and clarity to a recent letter that appeared in the Gazette. The author cites comments and concerns about Axia NetMedia Corp.’s intentions in South Hadley. The prices for Axia’s services mentioned in the letter are correct. The monthly residential …

Laurie García: Why a Mother’s Day advertisement made an unsupportable claim

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a teacher for many years, I am often tempted to correct the many mistakes I see and hear outside of the classroom, especially when grammar is involved. I want to write or call ad agencies or media sources, but I usually do not take …

Sara Weinberger: Putting one’s faith into action

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I first met Michael Kane when we joined a group organized by Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton to raise funds for humanitarian relief for victims of the genocide in Darfur. Today, Michael and I are once again working with communities of faith, this time to spread …

Editorial : Putting human face on ravages of drug addiction

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The parents of a Granby teen recently showed the courage it will take for society to come to grips with the public health threat presented by drug addiction. Richard Hooper faced a nightmare April 24 when he found his son on a computer looking up prescription pills he’d …

Jonathan Stevens: WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners To the editor: In regards to the Gazette’s story, “UMass gets a new station head,” as a business supporter of WMUA’s annual fund-drive and as an avid music listener, I am appalled at the treatment of Glenn Siegel and Max Shea …

David Lusteg: What ethics should guide those who video police activities?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: On May 6, I witnessed an incident at the bus stop at Pulaski Park. Around 6:10 p.m. I saw three uniformed police officers questioning a man sitting on a bench. At one point it was obvious the police were going to arrest the gentleman and …

David Gowler: Changes at WMUA will make station much less interesting

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AMHERST — At radio station WMUA, as I understand it, Glenn Siegel has been temporarily re-assigned as student advisor, based on an “investigation.” Program producer Max Shea has been banished from the station, apparently without redress. Both actions have been taken without any charges being filed or any …

Jim Foudy: Marty Meehan ready to write next chapter for UMass

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system will be led by an alum. I have seen a lot of presidents come and go — seven in the last 25 years. The eighth, Marty Meehan, may well prove to be the best of the …