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Walter Krzeminski: Question raised over issue of coming out

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: Of the tens of millions of gay people in America, only a few have come out publicly making sure the media becomes aware — these isolated public announcements are usually from black men who are involved in athletics. One has to wonder why these gay athletes are being made out to be, seemingly, martyrs or cult heroes, and why other gays are not coming out publicly — … 0

Margaret Halbeisen: Criticizes Geryk, Jackson for poor response

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: As a former teacher at ARHS, I wish to express my heartfelt support for Carolyn Gardner, a math teacher at Amherst Regional High School, who has experienced several incidents of intolerable racial attacks against her. I am deeply disappointed in the lack of effective support of Gardner by Superintendent Maria Geryk and High School Principal Mark Jackson. Gardner came to … 0

Gordon Murphy: Ideas to solve the pothole problem in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the editor: I am sure that some of the potholes in Northampton are historic in size, so why not pay for their repair from funds from the Community Preservation Act? Or another thought, why not just declare all streets in the city unacceptable and not be responsible for any of the repair? P.S. I have a sidewalk that a car could get … 0

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Steve Herrell: School start-time issue in Northampton will not just fade away

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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

Stephanie Pick: Aging parents letter shows lack of understanding

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: Big decisions are hard enough without someone else making gross generalizations with disrespect and lack of empathy. I am referring to the March 18 column in which the writer purports that the only good option … 9

J.M. Sorrell: Raises questions about caring for aging parents

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: Peter Smolenski makes interesting points in his March 18 column about caring for aging parents at home. In my position as an advocate for residents of nursing homes and rest homes, I often work with staff and families to create a safe discharge plan to … 6

Seunghee Cha: Support the SSI Restoration Act for those in need

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren D-Mass., have introduced legislation that would increase Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for the most vulnerable Americans. Congress created the SSI program in 1972 to assist the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and the blind. SSI provides need-based … 0

Elisa Campbell: Thanks to Higgins column on public and charter schools

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: Thank you Clare Higgins so much for your informed, informative and wise March 29 column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about public schools and charter schools and funding for them. I learned more from reading that column than from almost anything else I’ve read about … 0

Bill Arnold: Defends the civil rights of bicyclists

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: A few days ago, in a driving wind, I was riding my bike, head down, in the crosswalk by Bird’s Store in Florence when I sensed a vehicle to my right. I slowed as the … 2