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Joseph Madenski: ‘Tiny house’ creator in Hadley needed to follow the same rules as everyone

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: I have been reading articles in the Gazette and letters to the editor regarding the “tiny house” located on East Street in Hadley. I commend the young woman who created it for investigating a more inexpensive lifestyle. According to the articles, she had help from parents and this was related to her studies at Mount Holyoke College. I am a neighbor on Newton Lane and have driven …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Time to expand definition of statutory rape?

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: The front page headline in the Jan. 27 Gazette illustrates the need for expansion of the legal definition of statutory rape to include actions against a victim who is not in any condition to give consent at the time (as seen also in other high-profile cases and allegations). Theodore K. Selkirk Jr. Northampton …

Becky Shannon: Looking on a bright side of Quabbin snake project

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: Recent letters opposing the planned introduction of endangered timber rattlesnakes to an island in the Quabbin Reservoir say that the money should be spent differently, e.g. to reduce the tick population. Rattlesnakes feed on rodents; mice are the incubators of ticks and their diseases. It is the rodents that must be dealt with if we are to reduce the prevalence …

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Mary Gorman: Substitute teachers should make more than teen babysitters

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: When I first worked as a substitute teacher in Amherst, back in 1988, the pay rate was $65 per day if you covered for an instructional paraprofessional, and $75 per day if you covered for a teacher. Twenty-eight years later, you still make $65 per …

Paul M. Craig: Misleading to call all founding fathers slave owners

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: We are often told that the Founding Fathers who wrote our Constitution were slave owners. This sweeping assertion is misleading because it is partly false. Of the 39 framers — which the Founding Fathers who wrote and signed the Constitution called themselves — almost half, …

Leonard A. Cohen: System leaves people seeking guardianship in dangerous limbo

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: If you are so unfortunate to have a disabled, totally incapacitated relative and require a court-appointed guardianship in the state of Massachusetts, I suggest you move to another state. I tried on Jan. 1, 2015, with the help of an attorney — and nine months …

Andra Rose: Let’s call Berkshire Gas’ bluff on its new service moratorium

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Berkshire Gas decided last year to stop providing new gas hook-ups here. They claimed that the gas supply was insufficient to add customers. This made no sense unless the company actually preferred to lose business in the short run to make the case for the …

Barbara Weiner Dubeck: Hillary Clinton is bringing the real revolution

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Hillary Clinton’s hard-fought victory in Iowa, albeit a very close race, was nevertheless her victory. Your Feb. 3 headline on a news analysis, “Clinton ekes out victory in Iowa,” was accurate. Why then, in a second-day story on her win, were the three front-page pictures …

Kathy Sarvary: The ‘sufferfest’ that is the glory of cyclocross racing

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: As a world and national champion in the sport of cyclocross, I was thrilled to read Kyle Grabowski’s piece on the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships and the appearance of western Massachusetts riders. I wish to congratulate Ellen Noble, Jeremy Powers and Steven Hyde. Missing from …

John J. Templeton Sr.: The Obama-Sanders comparison comes down to ‘fat cats’

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: I write in response to the article headlined “Obama allies bristle at comparisons between Sanders and the president.” There is no need to bristle. Both President Obama and Bernie Sanders have put forth a similar progressive vision for the average American: lower health care premiums, …

Jeannette Muzima: Protect our public schools from financial suffocation

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: Right on to the recent letter reminding us why charter schools are not in the best interests of the Commonwealth — to say the least. Let’s be very clear. While there may certainly be some benefits to some children who attend charter schools, the motivation …

Phil Nash: Republican field should produce our next president

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: It’s time to reflect on our presidential choices. Our overstocked field of Republicans continues to chip away its weakest candidates while Donald Trump consumes all the oxygen. Republicans have a stocked a field that includes a couple young firebrand senators certain to leave their mark. …

Richard Fein: Presidential candidates do not warrant second interviews

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Before retiring, I was director of the undergraduate career office at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts for almost 30 years. Over those years I looked over hundreds of job descriptions. The good news is that almost all of the 10,000 …