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Patricia and Stanley Libucha: Belchertown taxpayers should review property bills carefully

Friday, August 28, 2015

To the editor: If you own a home or vacant property in Belchertown, do not take for granted that your tax bill and the calculation of the acreage and square footage for your property is accurate. According to the director of assessments, and I quote, “As of 1-1-12 our assessors maps were updated using the MassGIS mapping system developed by the Commonwealth. This program utilizes aerial orthoimagery, which is significantly …

Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, natural disasters, economic instability, epidemics, racism, and the international immigration crisis — it is so …

Editorial: With American’s gun culture, time to say enough is enough

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — …

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J.M. Sorrell: Gazette wrong to come to Chris Duval’s defense on free speech grounds

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: It’s one thing to hear from Chris Duval (infamous now for guns and Confederate flag defenses) and to print his comments. It seems ridiculous, however, for a well-regarded newspaper to come to his defense regarding the Cummington Fair. If he had painted on his building …

Tenzin Tsedon: See Confederate ‘battle flag’ for what it is: a racist symbol

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Lot of people who support the Confederate flag always seem to compare it to the rainbow flag or a flag of another country, saying all of them represent pride and Americans have the right to fly them regardless of others’ disapprovals. If one truly wants …

Adam Fisher: Nature is free, so why charge for use of it at Musante Beach?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Reading a letter-writer’s plea (“Do not erect financial barriers at Puffer’s Pond”), I was delighted by her appreciation of a gathering place offered to one and all. But, as a Northampton resident, it made me think how nice it might be if my city’s Musante …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal …

Editorial: Private investment pushes Amherst center changes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The commercial transformation of downtown Amherst continues apace, though one high-profile project must still get right with history. We expect that it will — and that these ventures will add life to the town center without altering its character. Two decisions have just come down on One East …

Editorial: Cummington Fair does right by revisiting its guest list

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With apologies made by two Cummington Fair officials, it’s time for the storied Hilltown event to kick off its 147th year today the way it should: proud of the rural traditions it celebrates and the sense of community it continues to build. It took courage for people within …

Don Robinson: Jimmy Carter, the lion of Camp David

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancerous tumors in his brain provoked deep feelings around the world and across this country. The news stirred personal memories as well. In the fall of 1975, when he declared his candidacy for president, his staff planned a visit to …

Editorial: Eyesores in Hadley will at last come down

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The town of Hadley showed great patience over the slow decay of buildings near the corner of Route 9 and Bay Road. In the end, it took local leverage to get something done. Robert Bolduc, the president of Pride Inc., is now pledging to demolish the former Aqua …

Georgina Moroney: Donald Trump, thy name is ‘trumper’

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: When the noise dies, Donald Trump will discover that his only contribution to the American political scene will be a new word coined for personal abject greed, insatiable ego, prejudice, bigotry, self-aggrandizement, xenophobic pronouncements, as shallow as his message. Webster has an apt and description …

Eric Stahlberg III: Not an impressive start for housing authority’s new leader

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority leadership and board apparently got their recent attempt to flex their muscles wrong. The board should know the rules for public employment. The leadership should have learned the rules of the game before trying to play. That is the usual mark …