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Norman Spencer: Postal Service has mastered art of delivering packages

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To the editor: Ed Gregory’s Feb. 27 guest column describes how a package mailed to him from Florence took a round-about route via Jersey City, New Jersey, and thence to Greenfield. Gregory’s observation is addressed by a classic problem in mathematics. The difficulty of deriving an answer grows exponentially as the service area increases. The task is to achieve optimum efficiency over a long time in delivering many non-scheduled messages …

League of Women Voters to mark International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To the editor: International Women’s Day will be celebrated around the world on Sunday. Twenty years ago at the Beijing Conference on Women, a pledge was made by 189 governments around the globe to advance the rights and status of women. This year the theme of the United Nations celebration day is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” There will be a parade …

Susan Levitt: Thanks Amherst police for how they handled library disturbance

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank the two Amherst police officers who responded to a disturbance recently at the Jones Library involving an extremely inebriated man. I watched as they patiently and compassionately helped him safely to his feet and out the door, as he lashed out verbally and physically against them. I know they were “just doing their job,” but in …

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Alan Scheinman: BID opponent explains stance toward holiday lights donation

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was against the BID because I knew that membership would become mandatory. I also knew that the BID petition, and its eventual adoption, were so flawed that not to complain would invite more abuse in city government. The BID did become mandatory, and a …

Darien Gardner: Testing of vaccine safety is sorely needed

Friday, February 20, 2015

To the editor: How safe are vaccinations? When my children were growing up we were close friends with a family whose younger son became ill for several years. The parents attributed it to the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The more I talked with them about the …

Justina Gregory: Don’t call these library books “unpopular”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest Dave Eisenstadter’s article in last weekend’s Gazette reporting that the Five College Consortium plans to purchase land in Hadley to build a library annex. I write to address some of the article’s implications. It’s misleading to characterize the volumes to be …

Michael DiPasquale: Says Northampton PTO should not be against charter schools

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: A few years ago, shortly after our children started their first year at Northampton High School, the Parent Teacher Organization sponsored a showing of “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,” a documentary that is highly critical of charter schools. The fact that the PTO …

Joseph Sharp: City does not do enough to get people to shovel their sidewalks

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable.” New Englanders have long had (apparently divergent) views regarding snow and the issue of removing snow from public ways. This divergence dates to Emerson’s day …

Sarah Aasheim: Documentary ‘The Crash Reel’ an inspiration for local family

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I’d like to express my thanks to Whole Children of Hadley for its Feb. 8 screening of “The Crash Reel.” This documentary tells the comeback story of Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. …

Lynne Rudder Baker: Appalled by UMass Amherst policy to bar Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I am appalled by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new and gratuitous policy of barring Iranian students from certain fields of study, as told in a Feb. 13 Boston Globe article headlined, “UMass Amherst Stops Admitting Iranians to Some Graduate Programs.” Here are some salient …

Roger Herman: UMass should rethink policy banning Iranians from courses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I was stunned to read the article in Monday’s Gazette about a ban on Iranian students from specific courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If our universities cannot exhibit some degree of fairness towards the people who study there or want to study there, …

Eleanor Wakin: ‘Being Mortal’ segment raises questions about end of life

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: On Feb. 10, public television aired a Frontline segment, “Being Mortal,” based on the experiences of a Boston surgeon and author, Atul Gawande, as expressed in his book of the same title. The program explored ways in which health care providers practice their professions when …

Kit Sang Boos: Wishes Northampton would be more considerate of pedestrians

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: Let me add my voice to the current discontent with Northampton Department of Public Works plows dumping snow on shoveled sidewalks. This is my annual plight despite years of fruitless complaints. Once I was out shoveling, doing my civic duty, in a bright red parka …