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Ian Newman: Frontier should be extending school day, not trimming it back

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: The start of school at Frontier Regional High School will be accompanied by changes decided upon back in April. In an effort to give teachers more time to plan their curriculum and do other tasks as well as reduce substitutes, most Fridays in the coming year will be subject to early dismissal. Students will lose 90 minutes in the school day, getting out at 12:45 p.m. rather …

Elisa Campbell: Speeding drivers imperil safety on Route 9

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: When I first read about a terrible collision on Route 9 in Cummington on Aug. 5, I empathized with the people involved but was sure I did not know the victim or his family. I felt a particular connection because in July I had been driving home toward Amherst on Route 9 from Cummington weekly and I distinctly remembered one …

Pat Hynes: Do not let state’s solar energy goals go by the wayside

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: The Aug. 21 edition of The Gazette carried four disparate articles that, intentionally or not, reinforced the momentum of climate change, the folly of fossil fuels and the political obstacles in the race for renewables and efficiency as our energy future in Massachusetts. In what is a large margin for weather records, July was “the planet’s warmest month on record,” …

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Pat Kennedy: Consider the human costs of hydro power from Quebec

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: One issue not raised by the AP article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (“NE covets Canada’s hydropower,” Aug. 3) is the effect the building of new dams and hydroelectric power plants will have on the First Nations people, specifically the Cree, in the James Bay …

Kathleen Brown: Congress should help protect retirement savings

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: I have worked hard my whole life to save for retirement, and I should be able to trust that my financial adviser is looking out for my best interests — and not just their bottom line. Right now, a loophole in the law allows some …

Lawrence Tucker: Why must Iraq continue to endure such violence?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Recent news articles have revealed that the U.S. military, in the campaign against ISIS, is still bombing the sovereign nation of Iraq. In fact, the U.S. military has been bombing Iraq steadily since 1991. It is, however, alarming that the frequency of bombings has increased. …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Fee for carbon use spreads responsibility across economy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for your excellent Aug. 20 editorial supporting the EPA’s clean power plan to cut power plant emissions. It’s a great plan, as far as it is able to go. As your editorial notes, emissions cuts will have to be sharper and the rest …

Matt Levin: Bernie Sanders goes beyond campaign theatrics

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Thinking about the Republican Party debate on Fox News, it seems as though candidates were picked and prepped not to answer “Who will be our best president” so much as “Who will make the best show?” — who will get the network the highest ratings? …

Dan and Angela Boyle: Universal access programs at state parks are first rate

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program. The program is committed to providing outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities. Accessibility to the state parks is achieved through site improvements, …

Margaret Lobenstine: Do not erect financial barriers at Puffer’s Pond

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: As someone who has loved Puffer’s Pond in Amherst for over a quarter of a century, I want to share something that has inspired me over the years. Puffer’s is one of the most multicultural, multi-racial and peaceful spots in Amherst. One can easily have …

Wendy Robinson: Planned Parenthood not ‘trafficking’ in fetal tissue

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: I’m writing to thank you for printing the article headlined “Scientists: Fetal tissue key to medical research.” This is a well-reasoned and informative article that sheds light on the subject, rather than heat. I would also like to correct what I believe is misinformation in …

John Zokowski: President Obama has done little to defend the Constitution

Sunday, August 16, 2015

To the editor: Congress had to pass the Affordable Care Act so we could all see what was in it, and Congress had to pass the Asia-Pacific Trade Pact without reading or debating it beforehand, and now it is reported that the Iran nuclear deal contains secret deals, …

Joan Axelrod-Contrada: ADHD students deserve more than police presence

Sunday, August 16, 2015

To the editor: It was a shocking sight. An 8-year-old boy with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Covington, Kentucky, squirmed and thrashed in handcuffs. “My arm!” cried the boy who was handcuffed above the elbow because his hands were too small for the handcuffs. “Oh God. Ow, …