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Penny Johnson: City’s plan to ask nonprofits for ‘voluntary payments’ is unwise

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: The city of Northampton’s intent to demand “voluntary payments” from Smith College, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Hampshire Regional YMCA, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, ServiceNet, Lathrop Home, the People’s Institute, Northampton Community Arts, Historic Northampton, Hill Institute and the Elks Lodge is short-sighted in the extreme. These are organizations which enrich the community, offering educational, artistic and caring services to us all. There is a good …

Joann M. Griswold: Media incites copycat attacks when it names mass shooters

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: “Ore. gunman studied mass shootings.” When your editors thought about this heading for the Oct. 3-4 front page item, did they give any consideration to the idea of the inappropriateness of the focus on the shooter? I would assume they are professional journalists, and within that designation do due diligence regarding research. Even just reading past accounts that were shooter …

David Santos: Reade will bring commitment, ideas to School Committee

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: As the father of a son at Bridge Street School, I have been fortunate to see Nat Reade in action. Reade and his wife Michaela were fixtures at Bridge Street while their son Charley was a student there. They are the type of parents that every school needs: sensitive, intelligent and committed about the education of their sons and all …

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Sarah Buttenwieser: Get ready for Nov. 3 election by learning about candidates

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: We’re really fortunate that four people want to serve on the Northampton City Council. There are three people running for two at-large seats. On the Northampton School Committee, there are two at-large seats and four people running. We have five candidates running for three spots …

Nellie Donohue: Baird’s voice needed on the Northampton School Committee

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: I am supporting Tom Baird for the Ward 6 seat on the Northampton School Committee. When I was transitioning from teaching in private school to teaching at public school, I accepted a job in the math department at Easthampton High School. Baird was the team …

Christine Mulcahy: Plenty of reasons to reject PARCC testing for students

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: In November, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide whether to replace the MCAS tests with PARCC. There are several reasons why PARCC should be rejected. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is supposedly aligned with Common Core …

Catherine Etheridge: Be mindful problems people have before they become shooters

Monday, October 12, 2015

To the editor: Bernie Sanders made the most sensible comment on the Umpqua Community College shootings. He said that we need better access to mental health care. That’s a good idea, but he did not go far enough. We are the most economically unequal advanced nation in the …

Mike Flynn: Supports Reade for position on Northampton School Committee

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: I’m a lifelong resident of Northampton with a vested interest in public education. I was a product of our schools, and currently have four kids in the system. I taught second grade for 14 years, was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2008, and …

Audrey Child: Time for Amherst residents to embrace change, not fear it

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: I can cheerfully answer yes to anti-charter commission questions in Amherst. I look forward to change in downtown Amherst. We can do better than watching it turn into a vast parking lot between Thanksgiving and New Year’s with struggling shops the rest of the year. …

Laurie Martinelli: Campaign aims to combat stigma of mental illness in workplace

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 4-10. We at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) want people to be aware of the fact that mental health conditions affect one in four adults. We want people to know that these disorders are …

Joe Russell: Editorial about Francis Fox too lenient on Granby’s chief

Friday, October 9, 2015

To the editor: Your Oct. 2 editorial regarding Belchertown ex-Police Chief Francis Fox is both right on the mark and well off it. You say far too little about the Granby portion of this entire matter. Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart has circled the wagons and called his …

Mindy Domb and Sarah Barr: Musante provided critical support of Amherst Survival Center

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To the editor: At the Amherst Survival Center, we experience John Musante’s support for our neighbors in need in a variety of ways, every day. This includes his effort to put the center on a permanent bus stop, his strong endorsement of the center’s move to our new …

Richard Evans: New courthouse steps are great, but they lead to a locked door

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To the editor: As a sidewalk superintendent, I have monitored the rebuilding of the courthouse steps over the summer, admiring the deft skills of the workmen handling the large granite blocks with exquisite precision. County residents can take pride in the results of their work, and, perhaps, some …