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Nilda Cohen: Southampton needs public safety complex, but at what cost?

Monday, June 1, 2015

To the editor: It is more than apparent that Southampton needs to replace its current fire and police facilities, both of which are not structurally sound and pose a safety danger. However, the proposal for a $10.8 million override — rejected by Southampton voters at the May 19 annual Town Meeting — was ill-advised, especially as the voters soundly defeated a smaller override amount just last year. During my more …

Dana Salisbury: UMass officials should break silence, explain changes at WMUA

Monday, June 1, 2015

To the editor: We are writing out of great concern over the removal of Glenn Siegel as student adviser and Friday morning host at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. According to a May 9 Gazette story, UMass officials replaced Siegel and opened an investigation of him in mid-April. But six weeks later they have not disclosed the allegations …

Emily Breon: Time for state to make workplace fair for all women

Monday, June 1, 2015

To the editor: I agree with the Gazette’s May 19 editorial that Massachusetts should join the growing number of states and municipalities that are passing laws that protect pregnant women and new mothers in the workforce. The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, co-sponsored by Ellen Story, D-Amherst, would protect pregnant women and new mothers by banning workplace discrimination based on pregnancy and requiring …

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Dr. Newton Bowdan: Science of biology means people are either male or female

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: A woman may believe she is a man in a woman’s body, or a man may believe he is a woman in a man’s body, but with very rare exceptions (XXY, XYY, or XO) he or she is either XY (male) or XX (female). Whatever …

Putnam Goodwin-Boyd: Family hopes future generations can share love of baseball

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: One of the greatest gifts my two sons gave me was a willingness to share in my love of baseball. Well before they were able to participate in organized leagues they let me play catch with them and throw them batting practice. They still let …

Mary Hayden Hall: Market economics won’t overcome climate change

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: In responding to news on climate, some prefer scripture over science. Dr. James Hansen, a climate scientist at Columbia University, says we now know as much about climate as we do about the human body. While some of us may have a problem with Charles …

Zina Tillona: Woman who fell off treadmill wonders why CDH has no record

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: I was flabbergasted to read in a recent Gazette front page story about treadmill injuries that the emergency department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to its spokeswoman Christina Trinchero, has no record of treadmill related injuries. What happened, I wonder, to the record of my …

Don Schneier: Flag down on Gazette editorial on Brady

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: In a few months, a case may come before the National Labor Relations Board in which an employee charges a corporation with attempted intimidation via the capricious and selective enforcement of a rule that has been otherwise pervasively ignored. At that point, most previous coverage …

John Montanari: Save ‘crescendo’ for notable musical occasions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: “Coming to Crescendo,” screams the headline in an article about the completion of the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk. Now, in musical performance, how does one come to a crescendo? By reaching the point at which the music starts to get gradually louder, not, as implied in …

Susi Friedmann: Thanks to the man with the string and big heart

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: This morning close to the entrance to the CVS store on North Pleasant Street in Amherst I hit a pothole. There was a tremendous noise, so I went into the CVS parking lot to see what happened. My muffler came loose. A young man and …

Joseph S. Larson: Future of UMass campus planning remains in limbo

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: The future of where the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst are going next with regard to implementation of the university’s master plan seems to be up in the air. Dennis Swinford, director of campus planning, has resigned his UMass position to become …

Daphne R. Penttinen: Pet owners should keep animals under control on roadways

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: This is an appeal to all pet owners: Please keep your pet under constant control. The tragedy of animals being hit by cars must be avoided by the owners of those animals. Such owners are solely obligated to keep their pets under control. Roads are …

Judy Leeds: NEF’s plant, garden market nets $12,000 for schools

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: I want to recognize the comprehensive and enormous community effort made to make this year’s 19th Support Our Schools/Northampton Education Foundation Plant & Garden Market on May 9 the most successful ever. This year the event raised over $12,000 for books and media materials in …