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Jeff Zesiger: Traffic light still causing backups on Damon Road

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I had time to wonder about the long line of cars on Damon Road as I sat waiting for the new light to turn at Industrial Drive. There may be an easy solution for the traffic that backs up there. The light is set to stay red for traffic coming from the bridge even when traffic entering from Industrial Drive also has a red light. The same …

Peggy B. Anderson: Bicycle path signs near Notch cause confusion

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: This time I am not writing about the things which are at the top of my list, such as our need to truly address climate change by not using dirty, fracked gas in new pipelines when we need to be addressing our energy needs via renewable resources. Nor am I writing about my current number-two desire to see a reduced …

Carolyn Ahearn: Salaries of nonprofit executives serve to undermine their mission

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to an April 2 Gazette article detailing a Clinical and Support Options workers rally over contract negotiations in Northampton. Karin Jeffers, CSO’s president and chief executive officer, is quoted as saying, “We do feel we’ve given them a fair offer. We can’t find more money to be able to put on the table.” Yet according to publicly …

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Jan M. Kopinto: It’s time to keep America beautiful again

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Whatever happened to keeping America beautiful? Is it no longer a priority to keep our roads, woods and parks free from trash? Drive on any local road and you will see plastic bags hanging in trees. This really only touches the surface. We need to …

Joe Lavallee: Hatfield town moderator urges residents to attend Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield’s annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, is just around the corner. It only takes 75 registered voters to have a quorum and thereby takes usually half, or 38 people, to pass most any issue or spending article. Well, the town budget and most …

Don Schneier: Columnist’s position is driven by market, not by people

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: All anyone needs to know about Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman’s perspective is one word from his April 7 column — “consumers.” His use of that word to refer to people undergoing medical treatment shows that to him, the doctor-patient relationship is one of vendor-potential source …

Nat Woodruff, Don DeGroot and Sanjay Arwade: Amherst residents appreciate chance to ski near home

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to John Coelho and the town of Amherst for the great cross country skiing at Cherry Hill Golf Course this winter. Coelho did a wonderful job grooming the snow, and having such good skiing so close to home is a big improvement to …

Judith Eiseman: Governor oversteps with order for large review of regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Charlie Baker seems ready to turn Massachusetts into one more dysfunctional state headed by a Republican governor. Executive Order 562 is an outrageous and ill-conceived disruption to the governing of a state already dealing with fewer employees in environmental and other agencies due to budget …

Tom Baird: After return to Northampton, public service calls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I will be a candidate for the soon-to-be vacant Ward 6 School Committee seat in Northampton. My family moved back to the city after researching where our daughter should go to school. To us, school choice meant choosing a community for our family. We also …

Mae Lococo: Keep senior center for use by elders

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: Shame on the mayor of Northampton for giving away a beautiful part of our senior center. There was a handful of seniors who had a dream of building a roomier, modern senior center for Northampton. We talked to Irene Lampron, the director at the time, …

Kira Jewett: State should more equitably distribute funding for schools

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to the April 8 guest column regarding the state takeover of the Holyoke Public Schools. I agree with all the major points made, but I’d like to add another: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts needs to more equitably distribute funding to schools. Currently, …

Editorial: Requiring headlights in rain a simple way to increase road safety

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some new laws make you scratch your head and ask — “Why?” Others make you wonder: “That’s not a law already?” The motor vehicle law that went into effect April 7 requiring drivers in Massachusetts to turn on headlights whenever windshield wipers are needed falls into the latter …

Adam Fisher: Finding uplift in a Depression-era voice

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In an age of too much information and too little to show for it, it is hard to know who’s wearing the white hats — you know, the good guys, the credible guys, the guys and …