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Caitlyn Shea Butler: Clarke school’s impact felt in Northampton community

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: A June 24 article in the Gazette describes Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech’s new relationship with Fontbonne University in St. Louis for their master’s of education of the deaf (MED) program. With many changes at Clarke in recent years, I think that it is important to reflect on the immersive learning community that Clarke once exemplified. I was not a student at Clarke but for 22 …

Don Schneier: Can capitalism be moral force in fight against climate change?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: In his June 24 guest column in the Gazette, Bill Eacho ignores the fact that capitalism is an application of a species of morality usually called “egoism,” according to which one should act only in one’s self-interest. Capitalism is therefore inherently antithetical to what he calls “morality” in the column, namely, to behavior that transcends self-interest. So, his proposed solution …

Osa Flory: Online voter registration makes its grand debut

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: On June 23, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the launch of online voter registration, allowing Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fill out paperless voter registration applications over the Internet. On this same day, members of the Northampton League of Women Voters were organizing to offer voter registration forms at the new …

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Bill Diamond: Let’s expand solar power that can be sold to grid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: If you have solar cells on your home or business, “net metering” gives you a credit for electricity you don’t use and feed back to the grid. This makes it much more affordable to install solar. Right now, the existing caps on solar net metering …

Jesse Schwalbaum: Differing viewpoints no longer welcome at UMass radio station WMUA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m not sure it is advisable to judge the motives and rationale of the University of Massachusetts students at radio station WMUA who forced the ouster of a community DJ (Max Shea) and the long-time station adviser (Glenn Siegel). Especially since the students who manage …

Peter Jessop: Spieth is great at golf, could use history lesson

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps Jordan Spieth should have finished his career at Texas. He might have developed a more “keen sense of history” than evidenced by his remarks after winning the U.S. Open. In discussing a previous visit to the Old Course at St. Andrews, he alleges that …

Vic and Pat Kodis: Tom Toski, the man in the white cap, is a gift to area golf instruction

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: This guy with the white cap deserves a pat on the back. He’s at work outside whether it’s 55 degrees or 95 degrees, improving the swings of decent golfers and building the swings of hackers and duffers. Tom Toski has been doing this a long …

Readers comment on proposal to remove U.S. flag from Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters to the editor comment on a letter-writer’s proposal to remove the American flag that flies at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton to allow unobstructed scenic views — and picture-taking opportunities — now that a …

Kathryn Messier: Fears of traffic, obstructions on even a short commute in Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield Street, Cooke Avenue, Bridge Road — every day I travel to and from work on these streets in Northampton. Most folks who travel on Hatfield Street between Routes 5 & 10 and Bridge Road drive too fast, period. Every day I either try to …

Stephen Dashef: Bring back memorial plaques in YMCA’s The Garden

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Where had the memorial markers gone, I wondered with a sense of shock and loss, as I walked through The Garden area at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Under the past guidance of Barbara Weiner-Dubeck, children and families had shared and dealt with their …

Judith Fine: Time for Northampton to create another option: a dog park on city property

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I write in response to a letter June 23 regarding the meeting for recreational users of the former state hospital property. We both went to the same meeting, but came away with different views. At the end of the meeting, Jeffrey Peterson, superintendent of the Smith …

Charles Bodhi: Church killings need to be seen as terrorism

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Call the executions of nine church members of African descent in Charleston, South Carolina, what they were: an act of terror, one of far too many visited on our people since being taken captive and transported to these shores. Nearly 400 years after we began …

John Sinton: Movement needed to reinstate Glenn Siegel at WMUA at UMass

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the Gazette’s recent reporting on the mess at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dysfunction in Student Affairs is nothing new, nor is the sense of entitlement from students, who expect to take charge without taking responsibility. It’s …