Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
P/cloudy
54°
P/cloudy
Hi 62° | Lo 48°

Letters

Alice Swift: Wants Amherst voters to approve two local questions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Many voters in Amherst are probably not aware of two local questions on the ballot on Nov. 4 in addition to the four statewide questions described in the red booklet sent to voters by the Secretary of State. Question 5 would raise the Community Preservation Act surcharge in Amherst from 1.5 percent to 3 percent, like most of the neighboring towns. The surcharge is based on property …

Joe Leahy: Setting the record straight on gaming law

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: In response to the anti-casino letter published Oct. 11, I am adding a few facts that were missing. Question 3 on the ballot is an attempt to repeal the state gaming law. Repealing a job-creating law makes no sense to me. The gaming law allows just a limited number of casino resorts that will create over 6,000 jobs to build …

Carter Wall: Lists just some of Kulik’s accomplishments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Rep. Steve Kulik is running for re-election to the First Franklin district, and this is a good time to reflect on his accomplishments in office and thank him for everything he’s done for agriculture and our local economy. He has been a good friend to farmers in this area, and state agriculture in general, since he has been in office …

About Letters »

The Gazette encourages letters and guest columns from readers. Please send letters of up to 350 words or guest columns of up to 750 words by email to opinion@gazettenet.com or by U.S. mail to Opinion, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 115 Conz St., Northampton MA 01060.

All letters and columns must be signed, with a return address and a phone number where we can reach you between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to confirm authorship. Addresses and phone numbers are not published. Letters should be of general interest and in good taste. We reserve the right to edit, condense or reject submissions. Writers are limited to one letter in a 30-day period.

For more information, visit our Help Center.

I don't know anything about Scheinman, but Suher appears to care about nothing but his bottom line. Not much of a rallying...(full comment)

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Thanks Marleyman, I will be starting up my own web page soon which will have my own brand of oak chips from...(full comment)

A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

Rob Wilson: Thanks to many for talk by Jowel Iranzi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its fine coverage earlier this month of the Veterans Education Project event at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that featured a presentation by guest speaker Jowel Iranzi. Special thanks go out to Jowel, who works for Jewish Family Services …

Sierra Triozzi: Praises Supreme Court on not ruling on gay marriage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I would like to applaud the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear cases in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Caroline, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming of their cities …

Nancy Slator: Don’t infantilize Malala Yousafzai

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: When I was young back in the last century, all women of any age were referred to as “girls.” This became recognized as a sexist construction to deny women their place as adults. This sexism lingers on, however, in references to teenagers. In a recent …

Christine Mulcahy: Get those kiddies college and career ready

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I write concerning the Oct. 10 article, “Inside an acclaimed Amherst teacher’s kindergarten class.” Ricci Mastroianni has been awarded the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching award. Based on what? Where are the test scores? How can the effectiveness of a teacher be determined without …

Rhoda Honigberg, George Goodwin: Support these Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: Try to imagine the U.S. Senate under the control of a newly elected Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell: when to vote — indeed, whether to vote — on judicial and diplomatic appointments would be in his hands. Any chance of further minimizing the filibuster would …

Camille Cammack: Many questions about ASPEN school data system

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: When I logged into the new ASPEN data management system, recently rolled out by Northampton schools, I was dismayed to find 46 numeric scores evaluating my child’s progress during the first month of school. The scores documented his performance ranging from his results on a …

Melissa Perot: Blames UMass students for damage to flower boxes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: The Montague Road bridge flower boxes are gone, tipped over into the river and shattered along with their still flowering contents. They were constructed from recycled wood by myself, husband and 15-year-old grandson living with …

Amy Kroin: Amherst school officials to blame for Terrell talk

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Trauma is not a teaching tool. But Calvin Terrell used trauma in his presentation to Amherst Regional Middle School eighth graders last Thursday. His talk, which left many students in tears and prompted one to …

Don Schneier: Fleitman as usual just sleepwalks through column

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: The future of Northampton may hinge on the outcome of a conflict between, on the one hand, a business consortium seeking to expand its privatization of the city, and, on the other, merchants resisting forced contributions to it. So, more immediately relevant than his sleepwalk …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Texas hospital did not make decision to release patient

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: An AP article published in the Gazette on Oct. 2 spoke of “The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the Ebola patient.” The same implication appeared in the headline of an article on Oct. 11 in the Gazette and was heard repeatedly on …