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Nancy Kinney: Irked at Kinder Morgan’s actions, urges Gazette to keep story alive

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: Please keep Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline story front and center. A huge Texas company is threatening to evict homeowners in western Massachusetts. What gives a private company the right to take our land using “eminent domain”? Our government does because the fossil fuel giants own the government. If you think a pipeline will lower your utility bills, you need to do your homework. That was propaganda …

Sid Moss: Postal Service offers a reliable bargain for mail delivery

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: The writer of a Feb. 27 guest column criticized the U.S. Postal Service because it took five days for a book mailed from Florence to be delivered to his home in nearby Greenfield. I can see that he might have been annoyed at the wait but he obviously has no idea what goes into our complex delivery system which has …

Gene Reilly: CPA panel should reject condo request for money to fix staircase

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: A Gazette article published March 19 discussed an application submitted by the Coolidge Park Condominiums requesting Community Preservation Act funds to help repair their granite steps. It is my opinion that the Community Preservation Committee should decline to support this application. The article noted CPA funds have previously been used to repair other private structures. That comparison is inept in …

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Jean Fay: School children can’t be placed into bar graphs and pie charts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter writer questioned the continuing debate over standardized testing in public schools. I don’t disagree that some form of assessment is necessary. I speak as someone with 17 years of experience in an elementary school setting, with 14 of those years in a …

John Kapitzky: Northampton should explore additional Internet choices

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: I read a recent Gazette article about the progress in bringing fast Internet access to the Hilltowns with interest, as well as references to Amherst’s effort to bring free Wi-Fi to its downtown. We in Northampton do not have widespread free Wi-Fi access in the …

Diane Berg: Foster children need more court-appointed advocates

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: I read the news daily, and when I read articles about children who’ve been abused by their parents, I do so with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. If these children’s parents are unable to take care of them, and if public agencies charged with protecting …

Jim Spencer: Rec. Department will occupy valuable space at Senior Center

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: This letter is about Northampton’s decision to move the Recreation Department to the Northampton Senior Center. I am a volunteer at the Senior Center and on the advisory board. I run three workshops and co-facilitate a fourth there. I am a frequent participant in the …

Editorial: Northampton CPA money must be saved for projects that serve public

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Northampton Community Preservation Committee is pondering whether to support spending a load of public dollars on two projects — one to rehab Pulaski Park downtown, the other to redo two staircases at the historic former jail on …

Stan Rosenberg, Bruce Tarr & Michael Rodrigues: Shining light in on operations of state Senate

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Since we took office Jan. 7, we’ve initiated a sweeping set of reforms that promise to change the culture of the Massachusetts State Senate and make it more accessible, more open and more transparent in its procedures. Some consider these changes long overdue. We share their …

Margie Riddle: Dog show success again fuels school volunteer group in Northampton

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to the participation of many volunteers and community businesses, the 10th anniversary Volunteers in Northampton Schools Dog Show this month was a huge success. Members of the Board of Directors of VINS, which sponsors and manages the show, are so grateful for all that …

Emmett Barcalow: Will Gov. Baker make action against climate change a priority?

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: News reports call Tropical Cyclone Pam one of the strongest storms ever seen in the Pacific. It devastated Vanuatu. Climate scientists have warned that hurricanes and tropical storms will become more energetic as the oceans heat up. Evidence is also accumulating that the extremes in …

John Montanari: Beware of activist Bill McKibben and his ‘alarmist ilk’

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: So, the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian has received the latest revelation from noted climate demagogue Bill McKibben (Gazette column, March 14), and has come down from the mountain to share The Word. Hallelujah. Meanwhile, the global climate, which has no doubt been affected to some hard-to-know …

Walter Krzeminski: Is it time to adjust baseball’s tools of trade?

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: Because of dwindling offensive production in Major League Baseball, interest and paying customers — and potential interest of future paying customers — is waning. The MLB is searching for ways to rekindle offensive attacks and fan interest. The Professional Golf Association modernized its clubs and …