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Jamie Hubbard: More on grammar of sign at Northampton High

Friday, May 1, 2015

To the editor: In all of the laudable attention given to the garish signage and incorrect grammar on the sign outside of Northampton High School, we overlook the implication of the need to announce that “school hours will run normal this week.” Normally the school does not run normal. Jamie Hubbard Northampton …

Chris Sikes: Common Capital offers way to responsibly invest locally

Friday, May 1, 2015

To the editor: Kudos to Gazette columnist Sara Weinberger on her recent call to action regarding socially responsible investing to make sure that our money does not create more harm in the world. Just as there are reasons to invest in faraway companies that do good, there are reasons to invest in one such non-profit right here. As the CEO of Common Capital …

Eric L. Bittman: Scraping plans for solar array good for Amherst neighborhoods

Friday, May 1, 2015

To the editor: Like the successful campaign to Save Historic Cushman, the abandonment of plans to construct a massive solar array in the Amherst Woods neighborhood represents not only a victory for those who wish to preserve Amherst’s neighborhoods, but also a defeat for mercenary interests that stand to profit from their degradation. In the years since the ill-conceived plan was passed at …

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Wal-Mart knows how to fix problems without closing stores

Friday, May 1, 2015

To the editor: By now you’ve heard that Wal-Mart abruptly closed stores around the county for alleged plumbing reasons, giving 530 workers only hours notice that they may not have a job. But one of those stores in Pico Rivera, California, just happened to be home to some …

Betsy Van Dyke: Gyrocopter pilot’s flight about money in politics, not security

Thursday, April 30, 2015

To the editor: Almost exactly to the day, 240 years after Paul Revere made his late-night ride from Boston to Concord to warn the Concord patriots that the British army was about to attack them and confiscate their large cache of military supplies, Doug Hughes, having told various …

Matt L. Barron: Urges Chesterfield residents to support WiredWest initiative

Thursday, April 30, 2015

To the editor: Last year, Verizon reported a profit of $3.7 billion. Very little of that found its way back to the Hilltowns for investment in high-speed Internet access for those of us on the wrong side of the digital divide. Telecommunications giants like Verizon have turned their …

Carol Jolly: Countless reasons to support high-speed Internet in Hilltowns

Thursday, April 30, 2015

To the editor: As a retiree living in one of the communities considering joining the WiredWest high-speed Internet system, I was a bit taken aback by Cummington Select Board member Jim Drawe’s promotion of residents funding the project to “stem the tide of Hilltowns becoming retirement communities where …

Kenneth Guilbault: Ryan a consummate professional during time at Cooley Dickinson

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To the editor: I was shocked and dismayed when I read the recent article about Jeanne M. Ryan’s departure from Cooley Dickinson Hospital. I’ve been a healthcare executive for over 30 years and have worked with many people, only a handful who I would categorize as notable and …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: Beekeeper warns of harmful effects of using pesticide Sevin

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To the editor: If you go into any of the chain garden supply stores at this time of year, you will find the pesticide Sevin prominently displayed. Unfortunately, the same people who are worried about our declining bee population do not seem to understand the insidious nature of …

Ronald J. Asher: Father of motorcyclist who died thanks DPW, mayor for support

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To the editor: I would like to thank the entire Northampton Department of Public Works and the mayor for the outpouring of support at my son’s funeral service. Greg truly enjoyed working for the city of Northampton and often mentioned his co-workers as friends. The camaraderie within the …

Jan Eidelson: Departure of VNA boss is a loss for community

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To the editor: I was shocked and saddened to learn that Jeanne Ryan will no longer be at Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice. Her personal attentiveness and care of my dying loved one made a huge difference for both of us. Jeanne visited our home and answered all …

Monica Moran: Break the isolation for people being abused

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To the editor: Northampton District Court Judge W. Michael Goggins was right to determine at a dangerousness hearing that Kevin Pardee should be held in jail, and Kristen Murray from Easthampton was brave to testify after she said Pardee held a knife to her throat and threatened to …

Ann H. Grose: Firing of VNA leader needs to be explained by hospital’s CEO

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To the editor: No organization is more respected and admired than the VNA & Hospice. It brings respect and support to Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Patients and families are brought comfort in their illnesses and especially at the end of life. The director of the VNA & Hospice, Jeanne …