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Rich Fleming: Shocked at the condition of Granby elementary school

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Recently, my 4-year-old (almost 5) excitedly directed us to see her “new school,” the West Street Elementary School in Granby, that she will be attending as a kindergartner in the fall. She could not have been more excited to show us that the school had two playgrounds and that she was going to be a big girl, transitioning from her daycare school. This is where the story …

Johanna Halbeisen: Siegel invaluable at UMass radio station, should be reinstated

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: I was very alarmed to learn from a May 9 Gazette article that Glenn Siegel has been removed from his post as faculty advisor at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts. I have known Siegel’s work at WMUA since 1983 when I first went on the air there with “Undercurrents,” a current affairs show that is still …

Jimmy Burgoff: Hauling company owner says rail cleanup costs too high

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Thirty years ago when I lived on Martha’s Vineyard, I had a dump-run business as well as my current moving business. The local electric company would periodically hire me to haul away creosote poles to the Oak Bluffs unsanitary landfill. As I recall, they had to be cut into 4-feet lengths for legal disposal. The creosote would dull the chainsaw …

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Tom Riddell: State hospital land includes burial grounds to be respected

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: As Gazette reporter Gena Mangiaratti accurately reported in a May 20 story, the hundreds of folks who attended Tuesday’s meeting at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School about the use of the state-owned land off Burts Pit Road were mostly concerned about preserving public …

Robert L. Dickerman: Let’s see more leadership on pipeline from Sen. Stanley Rosenberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — You have to hand it to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. He’s managed to cultivate a positive image for himself, despite his apparently selling out of constituents on the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. His recent call for a local DPU hearing on the Berkshire Gas agreement, albeit commendable, …

Dr. Newton Bowdan: Science of biology means people are either male or female

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: A woman may believe she is a man in a woman’s body, or a man may believe he is a woman in a man’s body, but with very rare exceptions (XXY, XYY, or XO) he or she is either XY (male) or XX (female). Whatever …

Putnam Goodwin-Boyd: Family hopes future generations can share love of baseball

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: One of the greatest gifts my two sons gave me was a willingness to share in my love of baseball. Well before they were able to participate in organized leagues they let me play catch with them and throw them batting practice. They still let …

Mary Hayden Hall: Market economics won’t overcome climate change

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: In responding to news on climate, some prefer scripture over science. Dr. James Hansen, a climate scientist at Columbia University, says we now know as much about climate as we do about the human body. While some of us may have a problem with Charles …

Zina Tillona: Woman who fell off treadmill wonders why CDH has no record

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: I was flabbergasted to read in a recent Gazette front page story about treadmill injuries that the emergency department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to its spokeswoman Christina Trinchero, has no record of treadmill related injuries. What happened, I wonder, to the record of my …

Don Schneier: Flag down on Gazette editorial on Brady

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: In a few months, a case may come before the National Labor Relations Board in which an employee charges a corporation with attempted intimidation via the capricious and selective enforcement of a rule that has been otherwise pervasively ignored. At that point, most previous coverage …

John Montanari: Save ‘crescendo’ for notable musical occasions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: “Coming to Crescendo,” screams the headline in an article about the completion of the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk. Now, in musical performance, how does one come to a crescendo? By reaching the point at which the music starts to get gradually louder, not, as implied in …

Susi Friedmann: Thanks to the man with the string and big heart

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: This morning close to the entrance to the CVS store on North Pleasant Street in Amherst I hit a pothole. There was a tremendous noise, so I went into the CVS parking lot to see what happened. My muffler came loose. A young man and …

Joseph S. Larson: Future of UMass campus planning remains in limbo

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: The future of where the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst are going next with regard to implementation of the university’s master plan seems to be up in the air. Dennis Swinford, director of campus planning, has resigned his UMass position to become …