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MaryAnn Grim: Public comment policy in Amherst in place since 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to your recent editorial regarding the public comment portion of the June 24 joint Amherst, Pelham and Amherst Regional School Committees meeting: School committee meetings are not public forums — they are working meetings with usually very full agendas. For this reason, School Committee Policy BEDH, approved by all three committees in December 2008, says that the chair may allow a public comment period lasting … 0

Al Griggs: Agrees with editorial on nonprofits in area

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I write to commend you for the editorial on July 9 that highlighted the importance of leaders and leadership of nonprofits in our region. I was particularly pleased that you wrote about Lora Wondolowski and the excellent job she is doing as executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley. The mission of LPV is to identify, develop and connect diverse leaders … 0

Henry W. Rosenberg: ‘Hell on wheels’ — where the term comes from

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: Residents of North Street and Market Street are not the first people to question the presence of a railroad workers’ camp. They might be interested to know the origin of the expression “hell on wheels.” In the 1860s when the transcontinental railroad was being constructed, workers lived in an actual town in a string of railroad cars. The town had … 0

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Edward Payne: Vote no on the Southampton override

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

To the editor: It’s another Southampton override ... and a $1 million whopper at that. On top of the Prop. 2½ budget increase that gets rubber-stamped at Town Meeting every year, property owners can expect to pay another $250 to $400 this coming fiscal year and every year … 0

Dick Bentley: Remember Churchill’s quote about Town Meeting

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

To the editor: Ray LaRaja’s June 10 guest column, “Amherst’s Town Meeting is not truly representative,” raises an issue that comes up annually if not bimonthly. I don’t remember answering any survey from the research organization Catalist (sic) to determine whether I’m, on the average, 15 points more … 0

Alison Brauner: Youth without homes can’t wait

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

To the editor: For thousands of young people across the state, time is running out; July 31, the day when the House Ways and Means Committee decides whether or not House Bill 135 “An Act Providing Housing and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth” is moved to the … 0

Jesse Adams: Supports Healey for state AG

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

To the editor: I am supporting Maura Healey to be the next Massachusetts attorney general. She believed that the casino issue should be on the ballot for the voters to decide. She got it right. She will take on gun violence and the heroin epidemic, both of which … 0

Steve Brown: Gives thanks to tireless Amherst schools’ educators

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To the editor: It has been a difficult year for the Amherst public schools. Events making newspaper headlines highlighted divisions, hurt and challenges that cannot be ignored. And, as I reflect on being a parent at Fort River Elementary School for 10 years — my second, and last, … 0

William Saunders: Putin’s aggression in Crimea not surprising

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To the editor: The current news reporting about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea ignores Russian history. Americans are surprised and offended by Putin’s aggressiveness and his tactics. We shouldn’t be. Russia’s policy towards its neighbors has … 0

Robert N. Brooks: Dogs and hotdogs don’t mix at Taste of Amherst

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To the editor: I have just returned from the Taste of Amherst — and the number of dogs almost exceeded the number of vendors. Why would a responsible dog owner bring a pet to such an event? It … 5

Julie Cavacco: Appreciates Gazette’s effort on Retreat coverage

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To the editor, I am really impressed by the Retreat article in Monday’s Gazette. I think it represents the value of the local newspaper. A real investment to reach out that far to get the story. I imagine the town will benefit from it immensely. Kudos to you. … 0

Linda Summers: Urges passage of Southampton override

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To the editor: The town of Southampton is not “crying wolf” as some have suggested. We do indeed have a financial crisis which the July 1 Prop 2½ override vote is addressing. Southampton is one of the commonwealth’s fastest growing communities, and Prop. 2½ has crippled our ability … 0

David Clohessy & Barbara Dorris: Springfield’s new bishop must reach out to clergy abuse victims

Monday, June 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — We take strong issue with comments on abuse made last week by the new head of the Springfield diocese. For several years, Bishop Thomas Rozanski, previously an auxiliary bishop with the the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, has served on the Committee on the Protection of Children … 2