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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: Of the tens of millions of gay people in America, only a few have come out publicly making sure the media becomes aware — these isolated public announcements are usually from black men who are involved in athletics. One has to wonder why these gay athletes are being made out to be, seemingly, martyrs or cult heroes, and why other gays are not coming out publicly — … 4

Margaret Halbeisen: Criticizes Geryk, Jackson for poor response

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: As a former teacher at ARHS, I wish to express my heartfelt support for Carolyn Gardner, a math teacher at Amherst Regional High School, who has experienced several incidents of intolerable racial attacks against her. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of effective support of Gardner by Superintendent Maria Geryk and High School Principal Mark Jackson. Gardner came to … 0

Gordon Murphy: Ideas to solve the pothole problem in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: I am sure that some of the potholes in Northampton are historic in size, so why not pay for their repair from funds from the Community Preservation Act? Or another thought, why not just declare all streets in the city unacceptable and not be responsible for any of the repair? P.S. I have a sidewalk that a car could get … 0

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Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: For four years I have been a fierce advocate of Easthampton schools and an active participant, through volunteer coordination, in optimizing my children’s school. Now, after four years of budget cuts totaling $4.99 million, I am not sure how to continue pouring my energy into … 0

Claudia Hurley: Many questions over watershed logging

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: I’ve watched with sympathy as Northampton residents question the need or advisability of logging in the Northampton watershed. I was disappointed to see the newspaper editorial summarily dismiss the residents’ concerns in the recent editorial that concludes: “the city’s ... plans ... are sound.” The … 0

Judy Markland & David Crutchfield: Cost of elevators weighs heavily on small churches

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Small churches, nonprofits and municipalities are proud to have handicap-accessible facilities, but the cost has become a crippling burden. Every elevator and lift in Massachusetts must now be inspected once every 12 months. The requirement is the same whether the lift goes 20 floors or 20 feet or … 0

Marc Solomon: Get the ball rolling on saving Lake Warner

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for the recent article on the fight to save North Hadley’s Lake Warner. I’m a long-time resident of the Valley but new to North Hadley and moved here for the sense of community, tranquility and proximity to Lake Warner. I was surprised to … 0

Marc Kenen: Time for bitterness toward charter schools to end

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: We agree with former Mayor Clare Higgins in her March 28 column that the state Legislature should fully fund the program that reimburses districts for school funds they lose to charters. But we disagree with … 1

John M. Connolly: Parade should follow example of Pope Francis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: In a recent letter to the Gazette, an official of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts sought to justify the refusal of the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee to allow openly gay groups to participate in the event. The writer claimed that such groups … 0

M. Harper: School board throws school year under the bus

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: Last week, the Northampton School Committee, in yet another missed opportunity to do the right thing and bring the high school start time into the 21st century, has thrown another school year under the bus. We’ve a new superintendent, new budget but no consideration for … 0

Walter Krzeminski: Questions federal money going to Holyoke fire dept.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: With the eight new firefighters being paid for by federal funding, Holyoke now has 13 firefighters being paid for by federal monies. That equates to two-thirds of Easthampton’s entire firefighting force, which is paid for in full by Easthampton taxpayers with no federal assistance. When … 0

Cynthia Brubaker: PVTA should provide service for more than just students

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: In planning for public bus transportation, as the PVTA is now doing, it seems as if one segment of the population in Amherst could be seriously shortchanged. The students use the buses to get around to the colleges and the university, but many others who … 0

Ronald Wozniak: 'Calling 911 is an option but not a guarantee your life would be saved' Owning a gun for self protection

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the editor: This writing is in response to Jay Fleitman’s purchasing a gun “to protect his family and home,” as he detailed in a recent Gazette column. Your immediate response is how you react to a threat. … 0