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Judy Markland & David Crutchfield: Cost of elevators weighs heavily on small churches

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Small churches, nonprofits and municipalities are proud to have handicap-accessible facilities, but the cost has become a crippling burden. Every elevator and lift in Massachusetts must now be inspected once every 12 months. The requirement is the same whether the lift goes 20 floors or 20 feet or whether it carries two people a week or 2,000. And elevator inspections are expensive — at least $1,000 to cover the cost … 0

Marc Solomon: Get the ball rolling on saving Lake Warner

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for the recent article on the fight to save North Hadley’s Lake Warner. I’m a long-time resident of the Valley but new to North Hadley and moved here for the sense of community, tranquility and proximity to Lake Warner. I was surprised to learn that the future of the lake is in doubt. But I was glad to … 0

Marc Kenen: Time for bitterness toward charter schools to end

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: We agree with former Mayor Clare Higgins in her March 28 column that the state Legislature should fully fund the program that reimburses districts for school funds they lose to charters. But we disagree with her assessment that the creation of charters has resulted in a parallel school system that … 1

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Marc Kenen: Time for bitterness toward charter schools to end

Byron Poplawski: Added traffic light just causes more problems

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I have been a resident of Northampton for 18 years and recently have encountered an unnecessary hassle which hampers my daily commute. The problem occurs at the intersection of Main Street and Route 10 by the Edwards Church and the Academy of Music. What happens … 0

Michael Clancy: Praises Fleitman column ... not

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Jay Fleitman for his latest column — you know, the one where he debunks the so-called “War on Women” (unlike the “War on Christmas,” which is for realsies). Who better than a privileged white male who has control over his own body (soon … 0

C. J. Doyle: Don’t force parade to host message it disagrees with

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette’s March 22 editorial on the Boston and Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day parades, which quoted part of our news release, the Gazette argued that not every group which marches in these parades is there to promote Irish culture, but are willing to “support, … 0

Gail Fries: Local Parent Aid volunteers sought

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: If you would like to volunteer to do something meaningful, consider this: when you help a struggling parent, you help the whole family. For more than 30 years, the Parent Aide Volunteer Program in Hadley, a program of Berkshire Children and Families, has provided local … 0

Paul Lyons: Forest Watch message increasingly discounted

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Your recent editorial about logging on Northampton’s watershed lands provides yet another important voice of reason regarding the appropriate use of our precious natural resources. Real conservationists have long known that our forests can be both used and protected — one doesn’t preclude the other. … 0

Dan Clawson: Northampton has a problem with management

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Northampton has a management problem. The mayor, the City Council, and the Department of Public Works seem to have trouble setting priorities. Potholes are a menace to property, but more important to life. I’m one of the lucky ones who has managed to avoid damage … 0

Tina Daponde: S. Hadley school group applauds Jay Patruno

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: The South Hadley Educational Association believes strongly in partnering with our district administration and our community in creating the best possible schools for our students; as educators, all of our efforts in the current negotiation process are geared toward that end. While we appreciate our … 0

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Regarding the recent Supreme Court political campaign contributions decision, I would appreciate assistance from conservatives and originalists considerate enough to direct me to the clauses in the Constitution that define speech as money and further … 17

Viewpoints: Gazette readers sound off on the struggle over school resources

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting for ‘robust’ investment in Easthampton’s schools I have lived in Easthampton more than a decade, watching with pride as it has bloomed as a cultural destination and a small business incubator. As a parent with two young … 2

Gloria Boudreau: How about not having all-freshman dorms at UMass?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: I agree with the March 29 letter writer’s comments and suggestions regarding drinking-related problems with UMass students, especially the school’s nationwide reputation as a “party school.” I don’t know how you can get rid of that disgraceful designation. I’d like to add another comment made … 0