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Jay Fleitman: The problems with Donald Trump that Republicans must not overlook

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This past weekend I hosted an event that drew Republican activists from throughout western Massachusetts and the rest of the state. There were a good number of Donald Trump supporters in the crowd. I spent some time at the end of the evening listening to two lawyers who were behind the Trump candidacy. The thrust of their argument was that American voters had put the Republican Party in control of both the Senate and House of Representatives and that we had little to show for it. Trump was the outsider with the strength and fortitude to shake up the government. There are pundits galore who theorize about why the Donald Trump candidacy has …

Editorial: All information needed to make right call on pipeline

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the debate rages over the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project, the public keeps coming back to a central question: Does the region require more pipeline capacity to fill its need for fuel? Or might the region be able to heat its homes and businesses with power from other, less intrusive sources? The natural gas industry has long complained that Massachusetts’ (and …

Ava Gip: Where is Sen. Warren on fracked gas pipeline issue for WMass?

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been missing in action on the North East Direct pipeline issue for a whole year. I believe the last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I have called and written her offices repeatedly for the last month. Her aides have said …

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James Borghesani: Teen use of marijuana not rising in Colorado

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: An Aug. 19 letter in the Gazette regarding a possible 2016 marijuana-related Massachusetts ballot initiative contained factual errors. In Colorado, which ended marijuana prohibition in 2012, teen use has not increased. In fact, data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (a bi-annual study by the …

Dick Bentley: Amherst parking study has merit, even if judge doesn’t think so

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Judge Richard Carey, handling a recent lawsuit, threw out of his courtroom a traffic study done by Rolf Karlstrom in a “friend of the court” brief. The judge’s stated reason for ignoring the study was that Karlstrom is a biology professor who “does not possess …

Elaine Puleo: Solar developer, Shutesbury engaged in ‘civil discussion’

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I take offense with the language used in an Aug. 20 article on the Shutesbury solar farm. The Chicago developer is not “plowing ahead” even though the town is considering imposing a temporary moratorium. The process is proceeding in the appropriate thoughtful manner through the …

Jennifer Faulkner: Belchertown planners should reject cell tower application

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: According to Belchertown bylaws, wireless carriers must add antennas to existing towers to meet coverage needs before new towers are planned. Verizon believes in co-location when leasing its structures to other carriers as a source of income. Therefore, it should be amendable to co-locating equipment …

Kenneth Dym: Along with planting trees, Northampton should preserve existing ones

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Northampton’s Department of Public Works recently announced that it will launch an ambitious tree-planting initiative this fall. Its stated goal is to reverse a trend that has seen more trees removed than replaced. How ironic that this initiative is to occur at exactly the same …

Julie Zuckman: Misuse of scooters puts children, others at risk in Northampton

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am writing regarding the increasing number of small children slalom-scootering their way up and down city streets, particularly in the downtown business districts of the city and in Florence. Often yards ahead of or behind their adult, these children are at risk at each …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …