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Rich Fleming: Shocked at the condition of Granby elementary school

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Recently, my 4-year-old (almost 5) excitedly directed us to see her “new school,” the West Street Elementary School in Granby, that she will be attending as a kindergartner in the fall. She could not have been more excited to show us that the school had two playgrounds and that she was going to be a big girl, transitioning from her daycare school. This is where the story …

Johanna Halbeisen: Siegel invaluable at UMass radio station, should be reinstated

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: I was very alarmed to learn from a May 9 Gazette article that Glenn Siegel has been removed from his post as faculty advisor at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts. I have known Siegel’s work at WMUA since 1983 when I first went on the air there with “Undercurrents,” a current affairs show that is still …

Jimmy Burgoff: Hauling company owner says rail cleanup costs too high

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: Thirty years ago when I lived on Martha’s Vineyard, I had a dump-run business as well as my current moving business. The local electric company would periodically hire me to haul away creosote poles to the Oak Bluffs unsanitary landfill. As I recall, they had to be cut into 4-feet lengths for legal disposal. The creosote would dull the chainsaw …

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Ralph Kaplan: Let’s hope changes at Faces sign of good things to come

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: The exciting news that Faces has been sold and will remain at its location follows some more challenging developments for downtown Northampton and its commercial center. Previously, the court declared the Business Improvement District illegal and ordered its closure, Iris Photo closed and its space …

Kit Sang Boos: Seniors ‘testy’ and ‘territorial,’ could learn from children

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: Someone — a senior presumably — was quoted in a recent Gazette article saying something to the effect that seniors and children are not good together at the Senior Center. And this is only because children might be accompanying their parents to sign up for …

Beverly A. Rhodes: Heart aches along with owners of dog hit by speeding car

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: Many tears were shed while reading the May 5 letter about the dog needlessly killed by a speeding car in Hadley. I mourned for the innocent puppy run over by a cruel and oblivious driver. I mourned for the puppy’s grieving owners. But most of …

Rich Szlosek: A proposed site for Northampton’s Parks and Recreation Department: in new floor at DPW headquarters

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: The controversy over the placement of the Parks & Recreation Department office at the Northampton Senior Center has apparently been placed on the political back burner, where it will quietly continue to simmer for the next few months. I would like to suggest an idea …

Owen Davidson: Cartoon contest a deliberate attempt to spark violence

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: We now know the names and some of the background of the would-be killers who were shot by police in the incident in Garland, Texas. I found it interesting that there was no background given about the organization responsible for hosting the Muhammad cartoon drawing …

Sidney Moss: D.C. gyrocopter pilot delivered essential message about campaign finance

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: The April 16 Gazette carried a story about the man who landed a gyrocopter on Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C. On April 15, Doug Hughes, a 61-year-old letter carrier, flew through restricted air space at great personal risk in a quixotic stunt (his word) to …

Gordon Massman: Pipeline project, not opponents, is the party terrorizing the environment

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: I accept Berkshire Gas spokesman Christopher Farrell’s apology (May 2, Gazette) for describing those who oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Expansion project as eco-terrorists. I am not aware, nor evidently is Farrell, of anyone who has committed violence to achieve environmentalist aims. I should …

Charles Schmid: A hope that Valley churches hold to older values

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: Catholics are hard-pressed to keep our faith. Many of us are what I call “God seekers.” We are trying to find our faith again. We search and long for the old Catholic faith of long ago. Now, many churches offer things like dancing, or stomping …

Ann & Greg Chiara, Ellen Augarten & Roxy Schneider: Local Vocal Chord Bowl benefits music in schools

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: On March 28, we held our seventh Local Vocal Chord Bowl at Amherst Regional High School, and it was a huge success. All profits from the concert will be divided between the Northampton and Amherst school systems and earmarked for music. We want to thank …

Sue Norton: Seniors could have handled a new presence in Northampton center

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: What’s been going on at the Northampton Senior Center? Protesters holding signs. Hissing and booing. Disrespect for a mayor who is holding a public meeting trying to explain his dilemma. The issue? Global warming? No. The 1 percent owning 99 percent of the country’s wealth? …