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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 am currently the director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College. I also served on Northampton’s School Committee for eight years. …

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. Boltwood Place, “the white cube” behind Judie’s Restaurant? That tells me that there will be …

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 treatable, but according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Massachusetts only …

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Sofia Assab, Marcy Eisenberg, Michael Kane and Debbie Shriver: Syrian relief event raises $30,000 for war-torn country

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: On Sunday, Sept. 27, close to 600 people filled First Churches of Northampton for Songs for Syria, a concert to raise awareness and funds for Syrian humanitarian relief. We are so grateful to everyone who made this event possible: the many local co-sponsoring organizations who …

Samantha Kramer: Hotel puts profits over lives of employees

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The Hotel Northampton is an example of why unions are still needed. Workers are not treated with respect or dignity. At a place where workers cannot afford the food that they are selling, or the rooms that they are cleaning, there is a problem with …

Dr. David Gottsegen: Health care providers must expand treatment beyond pills

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: I read with great interest your front page story on the Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference at the Log Cabin on Sept. 25. Like most, if not all, physicians, I have seen families devastated by addiction and death from prescription pain killers and heroin. …

Michael Harris: Proposed changes at housing authority are sorely needed

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The recent articles in the Gazette regarding Cara Clifford, the new executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, have been negative, judgemental and based on information from employees affected by the organizational change due to their positions being eliminated. I wanted to comment as a …

Dr. Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Studies shows states jumped gun on medical marijuana

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the question about the effectiveness of medical marijuana raised in a Sept. 15 Gazette article, two medical literature reviews on the subject were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, one by a team of 13 authors in Bristol, England, …

G. Dixon: Lack of parking, filing fees at courthouse outrageous

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: This does indeed stink. Why aren’t Hampshire Superior Court jurors given either an assigned parking space or a day pass? Because it subsidizes the court system? Come on! Do we have one government, or is each a separate fiefdom? Furthermore, isn’t the filing fee for …

Paul Slater: Perhaps Kentucky clerk can cast stones after all

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps we should bear in mind that Kim Davis of Kentucky may be without sin and therefor able to cast stones as she sees fit. Paul Slater Northampton …

Joe Lavallee: Councilors should not have taken sides before union vote

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hotel Northampton vote is over, it seemed wrong for some members of the City Council to openly take sides during this stressful time for all involved. The hotel is a gem in the city and has been a very supportive participant for …

Margaret Miller: Commends young band members for speaking out

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: I am dismayed and disappointed by the conclusion of the Gazette’s Sept. 23 editorial entitled “Battle of words follows battle of teen bands.” The “talented youngsters” and their parents, whom you criticize, did not choose to start a “crusade.” The young women involved sought to …

Tony Redington: Concerns over pedestrian safety at roundabout are unfounded

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: The concern over pedestrian safety at the proposed Amherst roundabout at Triangle and East Pleasant streets must be dismissed. Single-lane roundabouts are safe for walkers. Research shows single-laners reduce pedestrian death rates by about 90 percent, as well as lower the severity of injuries. With …