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Joan Vohl Hamilton: Believes Awad would shine light on SHELD operations

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: It’s ironic that the utility that lights South Hadley homes keeps its operations in the shadows. The South Hadley Electric Light Department, created to serve South Hadley and funded by ratepayers, has a current management that has shown a great reluctance to allow itself to be publicly scrutinized. For instance, the department has not been independently audited since the 1970s. It deals with assets and liabilities in …

Kerry Homstead: Youth Truth event showed that all children are rooted in family

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to the Gazette and reporter Chris Lindahl for his March 13 article recognizing the powerful voices and messages presented by members of the Treehouse Foundation’s HEROES program in their performance, Youth Truth. Based on their personal experiences and common vision to improve the foster care system, Youth Truth demonstrated teamwork, courage and commitment. The event also showcased young …

Eric Stahlberg III: City’s senior center is not for general community use

Monday, March 30, 2015

To the editor: The decision by our mayor to usurp office space for nine city employees in the city’s Senior Center is, in my opinion, wrong. The building on Conz Street belongs entirely to the hundreds of senior citizens of the city. It’s not right for this building built with specific intent to be turned into general city office space. Even though all …

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Julianne Yanko: A shout out to workers who keep us safe in tough winters

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: Transportation and snow removal have been particularly taxing this winter and we are so grateful for all of the town and private employees who have kept the roads safe, the mail coming and the trash going. Thanks to all of those people who’ve worked even …

Renee Wetstein: A2Z’s new owners will continue tradition created by the Finns

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: I am so thrilled that A2Z Science and Learning Store on King Street in Northampton will continue to flourish with a planned succession to energetic, smart owners like Andre and Devon Boulay. Jack and Priscilla Finn are truly too good to be true. They are …

Milton Hanzel: Gazette’s auto column should include gas mileage information

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: I notice that with the recent drop in gas prices, the auto of the week column in the Gazette offers gas mileage information less often. I suggest that the paper consider requiring this information for any profile of an auto in this space. I know …

Mitchell Sieser: AP report on Boris Nemtsov murder biased against Putin

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: The March 4 Associated Press report on the assassination of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov employs a series of biased interview quotes and historical distortions that serves to demonize Vladimir Putin as his martyred political enemy is raised to the status of political sainthood. The article …

Trish Farrington: Amherst League of Women Voters will host candidates night

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: Amherst town elections are March 31. As usual the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidates Night for the community to get acquainted with the candidates, to hear their ideas and to get our questions answered. What’s not so usual, however, is the league …

Barbara Burkart: Why Amherst voters should elect Vira Douangmany Cage

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: I’m writing to invite Amherst voters to join me March 31 in voting for Vira Douangmany Cage for Amherst School Committee. Vira is a passionate advocate for social justice and for ensuring there are opportunities for all children to learn and grow. Her commitment to …

Paul Cherulnik: Standardized testing is an important tool for educators

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: As someone who retired after a career of over 30 years in education, I don’t know what to make of the continuing debate over standardized testing in the public schools. Slogans like “more learning, less testing” and “learning facts is not education” baffle me. For …

Howard Gold: Will the city fine itself for not clearing snow off its sidewalks?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: A few days ago, on a cold and clear day, I was jogging along North Street in Northampton, grateful for the many homeowners who had left their sidewalks clear and dry. The one exception was the long stretch of sidewalk adjacent to the Bridge Street …

Joel Wool: Time to force utilities to embrace clean, diverse energy sources

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: A March 10 column by Eversource Energy indicated the company was not at fault for recent electric price spikes. This is correct, and accurately depicts the division between generation and distribution of energy in Massachusetts. However, ratepayers should note that Eversource, as well as its …

Robert Berwick: Time for change in leadership on South Hadley’s utility board

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: South Hadley’s Electric Light Department has a long and proud history in this town. The current board of commissioners has seriously eroded that reputation, and it is time for a change. Town elections are coming up in April, and there are two contested seats for …