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R.H. Mathews: Story could have used a more accurate headline

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: A recent Gazette article reporting a grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a headline stating “McGovern doles out $1.7M to UMass food research.” I believe a more accurate statement would be something like the following: “U.S. taxpayers provide $1.7M for UMass food research.” R.H. Mathews Amherst …

Camille Balestri: Frontier Regional’s early dismissal proposal rushed through

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: Frontier Regional School District has a new schedule for the school year beginning this fall , a change that was voted on by the joint school committee on April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 90 minutes, with a 10-minute extension to the other days. The idea was proposed by Superintendent Marti Barrett in an …

Paul E. Cohen: Pedestrians, bicyclists can be more careful on roadways

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: A letter in a recent Gazette about holding drivers accountable is correct, but — and it’s a very big but — I’ve been driving through Amherst for 44 years and I’ve seen two kinds of pedestrians and bikers. The first seem to have gotten the word from their parents about looking both ways before crossing. Then there’s the other kind. …

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Ren Jewett, 9: To save the planet, we must change our behavior

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: I am very concerned about the environment and I am disgusted by pollution and animal cruelty, which is the reason I am writing this letter. The real reason pollution is happening is people never change their view to imagine themselves as a different species. For …

Jan M. Kopinto: It’s time to keep America beautiful again

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Whatever happened to keeping America beautiful? Is it no longer a priority to keep our roads, woods and parks free from trash? Drive on any local road and you will see plastic bags hanging in trees. This really only touches the surface. We need to …

Joe Lavallee: Hatfield town moderator urges residents to attend Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield’s annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, is just around the corner. It only takes 75 registered voters to have a quorum and thereby takes usually half, or 38 people, to pass most any issue or spending article. Well, the town budget and most …

Don Schneier: Columnist’s position is driven by market, not by people

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: All anyone needs to know about Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman’s perspective is one word from his April 7 column — “consumers.” His use of that word to refer to people undergoing medical treatment shows that to him, the doctor-patient relationship is one of vendor-potential source …

Nat Woodruff, Don DeGroot and Sanjay Arwade: Amherst residents appreciate chance to ski near home

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to John Coelho and the town of Amherst for the great cross country skiing at Cherry Hill Golf Course this winter. Coelho did a wonderful job grooming the snow, and having such good skiing so close to home is a big improvement to …

Judith Eiseman: Governor oversteps with order for large review of regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Charlie Baker seems ready to turn Massachusetts into one more dysfunctional state headed by a Republican governor. Executive Order 562 is an outrageous and ill-conceived disruption to the governing of a state already dealing with fewer employees in environmental and other agencies due to budget …

Tom Baird: After return to Northampton, public service calls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I will be a candidate for the soon-to-be vacant Ward 6 School Committee seat in Northampton. My family moved back to the city after researching where our daughter should go to school. To us, school choice meant choosing a community for our family. We also …

Mae Lococo: Keep senior center for use by elders

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: Shame on the mayor of Northampton for giving away a beautiful part of our senior center. There was a handful of seniors who had a dream of building a roomier, modern senior center for Northampton. We talked to Irene Lampron, the director at the time, …

Kira Jewett: State should more equitably distribute funding for schools

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to the April 8 guest column regarding the state takeover of the Holyoke Public Schools. I agree with all the major points made, but I’d like to add another: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts needs to more equitably distribute funding to schools. Currently, …

John Ferriter: Frustrated that some sidewalks, crosswalks under state control

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: One more letter on sidewalk clearing. We live on Bridge Street in Northampton across from Sheldon Field. The sidewalk has been poorly maintained for the last 15 years. When a bicyclist was thrown from his bike by a pothole in the walk and was taken …