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Dan Conlon: Please return Kulik to the state House

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I support Steve Kulik for re-election as state representative for the First Franklin District. His strong work ethic in the Legislature, accessibility to constituents and 21 years of delivering for Western Mass. residents should make it an easy decision for voters. He is a friend to farmers. Rep. Kulik has been an advocate for preserving farmland and supporting farm economies. He has voted to fund the Agricultural …

Tim Austin: Upset by misleading ads opposing Question 2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I was dismayed recently when I was confronted with a “No on Question 2” display at the Big Y grocery store in South Hadley. A “Yes” vote on Question 2, supporting the expansion of the Massachusetts bottle bill, is a vote for dramatically increased recycling rates, and the prevention of countless tons of bottles and cans from entering the waste-stream …

Matt L. Barron: Coakley will not forget rural Massachusetts

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To the editor: I’ve known Martha Coakley for 16 years and have been proud to support her campaigns for attorney general, U.S. Senate and now governor. As a North Adams native, I know that Martha does not need a road map to find western Massachusetts. She is committed to bringing ‘last mile’ broadband to the Hilltowns, preserving our farms, forests and working landscapes …

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Mark Anderson: Gives thanks for lunch program coverage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of Riverside Industries’ lunch program for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton (Oct. 6, “When work is more than a paycheck”). As the parents of a consumer of Riverside’s “stupendous” lunches — in our Hilltown student’s words — …

Rob Wilson: Thanks to many for talk by Jowel Iranzi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its fine coverage earlier this month of the Veterans Education Project event at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that featured a presentation by guest speaker Jowel Iranzi. Special thanks go out to Jowel, who works for Jewish Family Services …

Sierra Triozzi: Praises Supreme Court on not ruling on gay marriage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I would like to applaud the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear cases in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Caroline, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming of their cities …

Nancy Slator: Don’t infantilize Malala Yousafzai

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: When I was young back in the last century, all women of any age were referred to as “girls.” This became recognized as a sexist construction to deny women their place as adults. This sexism lingers on, however, in references to teenagers. In a recent …

Christine Mulcahy: Get those kiddies college and career ready

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I write concerning the Oct. 10 article, “Inside an acclaimed Amherst teacher’s kindergarten class.” Ricci Mastroianni has been awarded the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching award. Based on what? Where are the test scores? How can the effectiveness of a teacher be determined without …

Rhoda Honigberg, George Goodwin: Support these Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: Try to imagine the U.S. Senate under the control of a newly elected Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell: when to vote — indeed, whether to vote — on judicial and diplomatic appointments would be in his hands. Any chance of further minimizing the filibuster would …

Camille Cammack: Many questions about ASPEN school data system

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: When I logged into the new ASPEN data management system, recently rolled out by Northampton schools, I was dismayed to find 46 numeric scores evaluating my child’s progress during the first month of school. The scores documented his performance ranging from his results on a …

Melissa Perot: Blames UMass students for damage to flower boxes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To the editor: The Montague Road bridge flower boxes are gone, tipped over into the river and shattered along with their still flowering contents. They were constructed from recycled wood by myself, husband and 15-year-old grandson living with …

Amy Kroin: Amherst school officials to blame for Terrell talk

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Trauma is not a teaching tool. But Calvin Terrell used trauma in his presentation to Amherst Regional Middle School eighth graders last Thursday. His talk, which left many students in tears and prompted one to …

Don Schneier: Fleitman as usual just sleepwalks through column

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: The future of Northampton may hinge on the outcome of a conflict between, on the one hand, a business consortium seeking to expand its privatization of the city, and, on the other, merchants resisting forced contributions to it. So, more immediately relevant than his sleepwalk …