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Phyllis Woolf: Stop the ever-creeping insurance premium surcharges

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Your editorial of April 15 was a valuable piece, reminding us all of the new law mandating headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in use. Thank you for that. It also mentioned that, in addition to a $5 fine for breaking that law, private insurance companies will now be allowed to levy a new surcharge which may last up to six years. They will say …

Richard Prée: Carbon fee and dividend is market-based tool against climate change

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Each year since 1970 Earth Day, which was celebrated last week, has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet, and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 levels are steeply rising. We need to do all we can now to hasten the …

David Zimicki:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Of course, absolutely no one holds a gun to my head and forces me to read John Sheirer’s monthly column offering in the Gazette. I do so voluntarily. I own that it is a kind of masochistic hobby of mine. This writer, an ostensible spokesman of the co-exist/tolerance Left — does nothing but heap ridiculing, dismissive scorn on the views …

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Marty Nathan: It ought to be a law, and can: carbon fee and rebate

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Most of the climate news from the oceans and the Arctic and California has been grim, with changes occurring around the world even faster than climate scientists had predicted. But this month, as my mixed-religious family prepared to celebrate Passover and Easter, the two holidays of …

Regis Murphy: Former Dolphin says swim team is much more than records

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: After reading the article regarding the review of the aquatics programs at the Hampshire Regional YMCA, I found the prospect of dissolving the swim team concerning. At 6, I joined the Hampshire Regional YMCA team. I instantly felt a part of a great community. Swimming …

Susan J. Adelson: Senior Center will need space when baby boomers visit more

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: I was both a volunteer and employee at the Northampton Senior Center when it was built, and now I am a consumer of its programs. When I first read about the Parks and Recreation Department’s imminent move to the Senior Center, it seemed like a …

Debra J. Diemand: Writer dubious of advertising decisions of Florence Bank

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: The saga of Florence Bank continues. After reading Gazette reporter Chris Lindahl’s April 10, 2015 article, “Selfie Snafu” depicting, in my opinion, another poor choice made by Florence Bank, I wonder, what are they thinking? Or are they not? I’m referring to the bank’s use …

Catharine R. Morrish and Bernard Miller: Synthetic pesticides cause harm, so why do we use them?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: The spraying of synthetic pesticides on trees and lawns is known to be dangerous to humans and animals. Hospitals such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have long warned of the dangers of pesticides. This exposure is cumulative and can cause cancer, damage to neonatal …

Don Robinson: Hillary Clinton on my mind

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Why, despite all her “baggage,” does Hillary seem so right this time? The campaign is in its early stages. It is 19 months until Election Day 2016, 21 months till Inauguration Day 2017. In politics, “a week is an eternity,” as sage old Howard Baker used …

Editorial: The Big Data moment at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Within a week, the University of Massachusetts went big on Big Data. It outlined plans to create a Center for Data Science, raising $100 million to hire 40 faculty members in the next 10 years. And it elevated the “school” of computer science to a “college.” Both moves …

Alice Scheffey: N.Y. mayor’s non-endorsement of Clinton good news for Dems

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To the editor: One must celebrate on hearing good news with the fervent hope that it might be meaningful. A recent report that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is not endorsing Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate is good news for us who yearn for our …

Ruth Leuenberger: Let’s not forget that the swim team families are part of YMCA

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To the editor: The Hampshire Regional YMCA is in the process of evaluating the aquatics program to see if it is meeting the needs of its members. I would hope that the board is also looking at the YMCA mission statement and its long history of competitive sports …

Jan Rainier: Decision to move Parks and Rec office needed more exploration

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To the editor: I am greatly concerned about the decision to place the offices of the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department at the Senior Center. As I understand it, the mayor has every legal right to have done so. Although I personally believe that a “senior” center should …