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Editorial: The people’s lawyer says pipeline isn’t needed

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs, as happened last winter. Berkshire Gas, the local natural gas …

Michael DiPasquale: Taking climate change challenge seriously in Northampton

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In late September, Northampton began work to create the city’s first comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan. The kick-off consisted of three days of public meetings and design sessions conducted by a team of six consultants organized by the American Institute of Architects. Climate adaptation refers to measures cities and towns can take to prepare for climate change. Northampton’s Climate Adaptation Plan will …

Lilly Gaev: The orphaned block in the heart of Northampton’s downtown

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council just put the final kibosh on our many efforts to have Center Court in the central business zone downtown accepted as a city street. Many other former private ways have become official city streets, though I’ve yet to discern what standards they met. Though this is a charming …

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Mary Carey: The lost Saturday — my seven hours without memory

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — I lost my short-term memory just before 10 a.m. the Saturday before last and didn’t get it back until 5 p.m. During my lost hours, I asked my husband Brian every two minutes or so where I was and what was happening. Brian would explain that …

Jeff Schrenzel: Social work is much more than ‘doing good’

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: I am writing about the Gazette’s Nov. 10 article, “Life As A Do-Gooder,” about social worker Jay Pasternack. While I commend Pasternack on his long career doing social work, it should be noted your title is a bit misleading. Social work is more than “doing …

Chet Cramer: Preserve prime agricultural land for farming, not commercial use

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: I often travel Meadow Street in North Amherst. Recently I have been very bothered by signs on parcels of land on the east side of the street, between Route 116 and the Waskiewicz family’s J & J Farms, offering the land for sale for commercial …

Sidney Moss: Reasons aplenty to vote Sanders for president

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: In response to a recent letter-writer who believes Bernie Sanders’ view of government is in line with the Founding Fathers, I appreciate his readiness to vote for Sanders. I admire Sanders because of his long-earned history as a fighter for social justice and fairness in …

Kristen Mokrzecki: Remember the children when crafting refugee policies

Monday, November 23, 2015

To the editor: We are heartened to discover that our government has created policies for allowing refugees to enter the United States, and are pleased to hear that we will be accepting 10,000 refugees from Syria. The government has created a uniform procedure for accepting and relocating refugees, …

Editorial: Open exchange is critical for those who seek social change

Monday, November 23, 2015

It has been heartening to see students on campuses here and across the country banding together to stand against racism. Strong, young voices can be a powerful force in changing the world. That racism persists, so deeply rooted, in this diverse nation is appalling. The fact that this …

Jim McGovern, Monte Belmonte & Andrew Morehouse: What motivates our hunger march

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As families across Massachusetts prepare to gather around the dinner table for Thanksgiving this week, we all take a moment to share our gratitude. But for many families who struggle with hunger, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. To help all of our community’s families and …

Trish Duffy: Buy a green light bulb in support of veterans

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: It is very heartwarming to see coverage in the paper in appreciation and thanks to our veterans from so many people. I’d like to see these people and others continue their support year-round by supporting the Green Light of Hope (www.greenlightavet.com). I am very surprised …

Anna Liakas: Flummoxed by decision to allow Dunkin’ Donuts in Haydenville

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps this seemingly trivial event offers practice for beginning to speak out in the world because I cannot remain silent in regards to the Haydenville Zoning Board of Appeals’s decision to ignore what appeared to be a majority of town sentiment in granting a special …

John Kapitzky: Governor’s stance on refugees is a disservice to Massachusetts

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: I was sorry to hear that our governor had refused to accept refugees from the Syria-Iraq-Libya region. It seems to be primarily a political act on his part, but I believe he really has little say in the matter. Still, I resent his speaking for …