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Caitlyn Shea Butler: Clarke school’s impact felt in Northampton community

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: A June 24 article in the Gazette describes Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech’s new relationship with Fontbonne University in St. Louis for their master’s of education of the deaf (MED) program. With many changes at Clarke in recent years, I think that it is important to reflect on the immersive learning community that Clarke once exemplified. I was not a student at Clarke but for 22 …

Don Schneier: Can capitalism be moral force in fight against climate change?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: In his June 24 guest column in the Gazette, Bill Eacho ignores the fact that capitalism is an application of a species of morality usually called “egoism,” according to which one should act only in one’s self-interest. Capitalism is therefore inherently antithetical to what he calls “morality” in the column, namely, to behavior that transcends self-interest. So, his proposed solution …

Osa Flory: Online voter registration makes its grand debut

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: On June 23, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the launch of online voter registration, allowing Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fill out paperless voter registration applications over the Internet. On this same day, members of the Northampton League of Women Voters were organizing to offer voter registration forms at the new …

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Reed Schimmelfing: Appreciates Gazette’s coverage of Kinder Morgan pipeline

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: A big thank you to the Gazette for its coverage of the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline. Though its proposed path does not go through the paper’s circulation area, it is clearly of significant concern to many readers. This was evidenced again …

Liam Kerr: Gutting assessment-based testing in schools a mistake

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: The recent legislative hearing on proposals to jettison assessment tests underscores the need to return the Democratic Party to its role as a champion for children’s education by recommitting to the assessment-based accountability model jeopardized by these bills. A disappointing number of Democratic legislators support …

Nonny Sagalyn Burack: Price tag for time with Clinton shows what’s wrong with country

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: Yipes. One thousand dollars (or more) for 90 minutes “with” Hilary Clinton. Isn’t that exactly what’s wrong with our country. Go Bernie. Nonny Sagalyn Burack Amherst …

Ben St. Laurent: Glad Amherst moving ahead with large-scale solar project

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: It’s great to see the Amherst Select Board putting out a request for proposals to build a large-scale solar project in town. This opportunity is thanks in part to local efforts that residents took to contact their town officials, urging them to support municipal solar …

Karen Bercovici: L-3 Communications defense raises questions about our values

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To the editor: In regards to the Gazette’s recent report about L-3 KEO in Northampton receiving a new parts contract for nuclear powered attack submarines, we should get to know our neighbor based, ironically, at Village Hill Northampton. L-3 Communications, L-3 KEO’s parent company, is a large contractor …

Richard S. (Dick) Stein: Transferring burden to private sector does not help public

Monday, June 15, 2015

To the editor: I agree with a recent Gazette editorial, “Remove access barrier to new Registry services,” about the possibility of AAA members receiving Registry of Motor Vehicle services at their Hadley office. I believe this is an unfortunate step for those favoring privatization of services that should …

Emily Wisniewski: State bills would close corporate tax loopholes

Monday, June 15, 2015

To the editor: As summer sets in, vacationers aren’t the only ones benefitting from the perks of an island getaway. Corporations avoid paying taxes by shifting their profits earned here in Massachusetts to places like the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. But these taxes are paid fully by …

Dave Champoux: Former state hospital grounds have not gone to the dogs

Monday, June 15, 2015

To the editor: The Hampshire Life photo feature Friday states that the former state hospital grounds are “affectionately known to locals as the ‘dog park.’” Well, local dog owners might affectionately call it that, but from what I could tell from last month’s planning meeting, the other groups …

Batya Bauman: Young ‘anti-meat militants’ are brave and praiseworthy

Friday, June 12, 2015

To the editor: What an incredible group of young people are involved with the group Teen Animal Rights Activists of Massachusetts. They have taken up the elemental and most basic moral and ethical cause — to speak out in behalf of the voiceless, the animals, the ultimate victims …

Rebecca Busansky: I will be a candidate for Northampton School Committee in Ward 1

Friday, June 12, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to announce my Ward 1 candidacy for the Northampton School Committee. My three children attend Jackson Street School, JFK, and Northampton High School, where they are happy and thriving. Before moving to Northampton five years ago, I volunteered in many capacities for …