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Roger Webb: Amherst Club fundraiser nets $12,000 for community groups

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Club’s recent fundraiser Spring to Life was a great success. I would like to express thanks to the wonderful community we live in, which is prepared to come together to support events such as this. With the generous support of our sponsors, those who donated to the auction, and those who helped organize or attended, we were able to donate roughly $12,000 to 10 local …

Normand Cloutier: SHELD is not broken despite claims of some

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: As a former town administrator for South Hadley, I am familiar with South Hadley Electric Light Department and its manager. We very successfully worked together on many projects, including the replacement of the Route 116 bridge and the South Hadley Falls revitalization project. In my position, I too, have had labor issues spill into the public arena. SHELD has had …

Will Coughlin, Elliot Kuan, Mei Zhou: College freshmen raising awareness about diaper drive

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: We are a group of Amherst College freshmen helping to organize the Amherst Area Diaper Drive through our community-based learning class, Building Community. Out of many project options, the three of us were drawn to the Diaper Drive project for many reasons, such as our own family’s experience with diaper need and our interest in public health. The Diaper Drive …

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Jeff Lamoureux: UMass basketball needs to shake up its entire coaching staff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To the editor: UMass basketball needs to retool its coaching staff. If it means starting with the head coach, so be it. No team should go backwards as bad as the team has in the second half of the last two seasons. I always thought you were supposed …

Jean Fay: School children can’t be placed into bar graphs and pie charts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter writer questioned the continuing debate over standardized testing in public schools. I don’t disagree that some form of assessment is necessary. I speak as someone with 17 years of experience in an elementary school setting, with 14 of those years in a …

John Kapitzky: Northampton should explore additional Internet choices

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: I read a recent Gazette article about the progress in bringing fast Internet access to the Hilltowns with interest, as well as references to Amherst’s effort to bring free Wi-Fi to its downtown. We in Northampton do not have widespread free Wi-Fi access in the …

Diane Berg: Foster children need more court-appointed advocates

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: I read the news daily, and when I read articles about children who’ve been abused by their parents, I do so with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. If these children’s parents are unable to take care of them, and if public agencies charged with protecting …

Jim Spencer: Rec. Department will occupy valuable space at Senior Center

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: This letter is about Northampton’s decision to move the Recreation Department to the Northampton Senior Center. I am a volunteer at the Senior Center and on the advisory board. I run three workshops and co-facilitate a fourth there. I am a frequent participant in the …

Margie Riddle: Dog show success again fuels school volunteer group in Northampton

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to the participation of many volunteers and community businesses, the 10th anniversary Volunteers in Northampton Schools Dog Show this month was a huge success. Members of the Board of Directors of VINS, which sponsors and manages the show, are so grateful for all that …

Emmett Barcalow: Will Gov. Baker make action against climate change a priority?

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: News reports call Tropical Cyclone Pam one of the strongest storms ever seen in the Pacific. It devastated Vanuatu. Climate scientists have warned that hurricanes and tropical storms will become more energetic as the oceans heat up. Evidence is also accumulating that the extremes in …

John Montanari: Beware of activist Bill McKibben and his ‘alarmist ilk’

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: So, the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian has received the latest revelation from noted climate demagogue Bill McKibben (Gazette column, March 14), and has come down from the mountain to share The Word. Hallelujah. Meanwhile, the global climate, which has no doubt been affected to some hard-to-know …

Walter Krzeminski: Is it time to adjust baseball’s tools of trade?

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: Because of dwindling offensive production in Major League Baseball, interest and paying customers — and potential interest of future paying customers — is waning. The MLB is searching for ways to rekindle offensive attacks and fan interest. The Professional Golf Association modernized its clubs and …

John Boothroyd: Amherst has done its share to provide affordable housing

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: Katherine Appy’s concerns about a lack of candidates for seats on the Amherst School Committee, expressed in a March 2 guest column, should run much deeper. We try to accommodate public opinion at the expense of common sense. Character assassinations are used all too often …