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Roger Webb: Amherst Club fundraiser nets $12,000 for community groups

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Club’s recent fundraiser Spring to Life was a great success. I would like to express thanks to the wonderful community we live in, which is prepared to come together to support events such as this. With the generous support of our sponsors, those who donated to the auction, and those who helped organize or attended, we were able to donate roughly $12,000 to 10 local …

Normand Cloutier: SHELD is not broken despite claims of some

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: As a former town administrator for South Hadley, I am familiar with South Hadley Electric Light Department and its manager. We very successfully worked together on many projects, including the replacement of the Route 116 bridge and the South Hadley Falls revitalization project. In my position, I too, have had labor issues spill into the public arena. SHELD has had …

Will Coughlin, Elliot Kuan, Mei Zhou: College freshmen raising awareness about diaper drive

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: We are a group of Amherst College freshmen helping to organize the Amherst Area Diaper Drive through our community-based learning class, Building Community. Out of many project options, the three of us were drawn to the Diaper Drive project for many reasons, such as our own family’s experience with diaper need and our interest in public health. The Diaper Drive …

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Trish Farrington: Amherst League of Women Voters will host candidates night

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: Amherst town elections are March 31. As usual the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidates Night for the community to get acquainted with the candidates, to hear their ideas and to get our questions answered. What’s not so usual, however, is the league …

Barbara Burkart: Why Amherst voters should elect Vira Douangmany Cage

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: I’m writing to invite Amherst voters to join me March 31 in voting for Vira Douangmany Cage for Amherst School Committee. Vira is a passionate advocate for social justice and for ensuring there are opportunities for all children to learn and grow. Her commitment to …

Paul Cherulnik: Standardized testing is an important tool for educators

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: As someone who retired after a career of over 30 years in education, I don’t know what to make of the continuing debate over standardized testing in the public schools. Slogans like “more learning, less testing” and “learning facts is not education” baffle me. For …

Howard Gold: Will the city fine itself for not clearing snow off its sidewalks?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: A few days ago, on a cold and clear day, I was jogging along North Street in Northampton, grateful for the many homeowners who had left their sidewalks clear and dry. The one exception was the long stretch of sidewalk adjacent to the Bridge Street …

Joel Wool: Time to force utilities to embrace clean, diverse energy sources

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: A March 10 column by Eversource Energy indicated the company was not at fault for recent electric price spikes. This is correct, and accurately depicts the division between generation and distribution of energy in Massachusetts. However, ratepayers should note that Eversource, as well as its …

Robert Berwick: Time for change in leadership on South Hadley’s utility board

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: South Hadley’s Electric Light Department has a long and proud history in this town. The current board of commissioners has seriously eroded that reputation, and it is time for a change. Town elections are coming up in April, and there are two contested seats for …

Robin Dizard: In honor of International Pi Day, thank those who love science

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: International Pi Day on March 14, 2015, offered a wonderful chance to honor all the scientists, mathematicians — abstract as well as practical — and every teacher of arithmetic, geometry and algebra. Honor, too, the physicians, dentists and veterinarians. Honor the social scientists, including the …

Liz and Mark Leibowitz: Florence dentist supplies children in Ecuador with tooth brushes

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: A shout out to Wohl Family Dentistry in Florence. We have just returned from two weeks volunteering at a day care center in Calderon, Ecuador, just outside Quito. We assisted the “Tia’s” in all aspects of nurturing and support to children ages 12 months to …

Ernest Longley: A taxicab commissioner’s office is needed in the county

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: I recently took a taxicab from my apartment to a grocery store in Northampton. I explained to the driver that I had only half the fare and I could pay him the remainder after I bought the groceries. He said that was OK but to …

Joshua Goldstein: Consumers can take practical steps to reduce electric bills

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: Pete Schoenberger’s essay against the electric company Eversource Energy in the March 4 edition of the Gazette fails to explain the reasons rates are rising or the practical steps consumers can take in response. The region has shut down all of its coal and nuclear …