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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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Jennifer Dorfield-Polgar, Jonathan Polgar & Judie Brock: State must preserve, not cut, postpartum care program

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: The Massachusetts Legislature is about to make a huge mistake. It is about to cut MCPAP for Moms, which “promotes maternal and child health by building the capacity of providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their children to effectively prevent, identify and manage depression.” …

Kevin Collins: Amherst Town Meeting failed to provide warning about spending item

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the editor: I am a new member of Amherst Town Meeting and at my first session April 27 I was taken aback to see the town budget increased by a motion from the floor by a member without prior announcement. In our orientation, which every member takes, …

Anne Monahan: There are lots of reasons not to vote for Clinton

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To the editor: Why would you vote for Hillary Clinton, as described by Don Robinson in his April 22 column? Let’s begin with the line “all her baggage,” as Robinson stated. Start with Bill Clinton’s misbehaviors and cover-ups. Hillary blamed the filmmaker for Benghazi. She failed Ambassador J. …

Katie Olmstead: Nonotuck Street speeding needs to be addressed

Thursday, May 7, 2015

To the editor: It’s spring! Throw open the windows! Listen to the cars speeding down my dense residential street, Nonotuck Street. Cars, pickup trucks and motorcycles, in a hurry to get from point A to point B, drive as fast as they can, and then some. I judge …

Claudia Brown: It is developer, not neighbors, who stand to gain from zoning change in Amherst

Thursday, May 7, 2015

To the editor: I write in response to Wednesday’s front-page and online article, “WMUA to post podcast of ‘Focus’ that was silenced Sunday.” I ran for Town Meeting in Precinct 9 on a platform of protecting residential neighborhoods and preserving their integrity as I believe strong residential neighborhoods …

John Gerber: Grow Food bringing attention to pesticides harmful to bees

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to a recent letter writer for her passionate plea to home gardeners to avoid the pesticide Sevin (Carbaryl) because of the harm it can cause to honey bee populations. I’d like to add that Sevin also harms native bees and is not the only …

Suzanne Whitman: When using crosswalks, be careful not to anger drivers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To the editor: This past Saturday afternoon my husband and I were crossing the well-marked crosswalk on Cottage Street in Easthampton near the public parking lot to get an ice cream at Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream. We looked both ways and a car approaching heading towards Holyoke …

John Howard: Unsure about South Hadley’s potential move to Internet system

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To the editor: Several months ago I attended a South Hadley Electric Light Department (SHELD) meeting where a high-speed, fiber-optic Internet system was proposed for all of South Hadley. Axia Netmedia Corp. was the provider. No exact details were mentioned. It was made clear that Axia provides only …

Esther Ralston: Seniors citizens should model better behavior when protesting

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

To the editor: The meeting at the Northampton Senior Center with the mayor to discuss the Parks & Recreation Department move to the center was very disturbing. I believe in protesting for injustices — things like the Vietnam War, equal rights for women, or nuclear war. But protesting …

Albert ten Cate: Northampton’s plastic bag ban just makes sense

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

To the editor: I read an article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette April 8 about a plan to ban plastic bags in Northampton. It’s about time to reduce the number of these polluting, unnecessary items because there is no need for plastic bags to put groceries in. It’s …