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Wendi Weinberg: Natural gas story as confusing as charges on electric bills

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Huh? Forty-two years ago I did quite well on my SATs for reading comprehension, so I don’t think this is just me. After reading a Feb. 20 article in the Gazette about National Grid and Access Northeast’s project to increase natural gas supplies, I am left with no more clarity than before I read it. The author is listed as “combined sources,” so I cannot give one …

Caleb Warren: Reader takes issue with Kakos column on Isis ‘extremists’

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Regarding Rev. Peter Kakos’ Feb. 24 guest column, “‘Terror’ more than semantics,” he solved a riddle that has perplexed me — namely, why does ISIS do what it does in the name of Islam? Apparently it is because the U.S. populace, post-9/11, was “manipulated” by our former administration — unmentioned were 99 out of 100 senators who went along with …

Leigh Dunlap: Mother angered by man’s street harassment toward daughter

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: So apparently at least one male in Northampton hasn’t seen the memo (or the YouTube videos) regarding the street harassment of women. My 14-year-old daughter was walking in town with her friend Tuesday afternoon on their way for a slice of pizza. A man some distance from them started waving to them. They didn’t recognize him so they ignored his …

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Mary Balfour: Let the woman raise those chickens in her yard

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: It’s true that I don’t know all the facts but it seems a shame that a Southampton resident must get rid of her chickens based on a judge’s ruling. Assuming that they are confined to her property — what’s the big problem? The Pioneer Valley …

Gretchen Fox: Boutilier is the right choice for Amherst Housing Authority

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: TracyLee Boutilier is an outstanding candidate running for a seat on the Amherst Housing Authority Board in the town election March 31. The board provides housing for low- and moderate-income residents using state and federal funding. Although the town has made some small headway in …

Joseph Tarantino: Liberals can blame themselves for high electricity rates

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: In January 2008 Barack Obama reportedly told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, “Under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” For those who wanted Obama to be president and who are now complaining about our electricity rates, I offer a few …

Lawrence Siddall: Apartment building going up in Amherst misses the mark

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: The apartment building under construction on the corner of North Pleasant and Triangle streets in Amherst is a huge disappointment. Architecturally it is not displeasing, but it is much too large for the building site. Having such a large structure abut a park it took …

Editorial: Welfare reform major test for Rosenberg’s Senate leadership

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One of the first major tests on which the Senate presidency of Stanley C. Rosenberg will be judged is reform of the state’s welfare and job training programs. The Amherst Democrat announced last week the “WorkFirst Initiative” designed …

William J. Mullin & Andrew Larkin: An exchange about impact of nuclear plant’s closing on a frozen Connecticut River

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this space, an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst responds to a guest column about ice formation on the Connecticut River. The author of that column, Andrew Larkin, then replies to Mullins’ points. AMHERST — Dr. Andrew Larkin’s interesting guest column …

Editorial: Ruling in embezzlement case offers new chance for justice

Monday, February 23, 2015

A judicial ruling last week raised questions about the handling of a long-running embezzlement case by the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Prosecutors should give deep thought to their next move. The case involved Northampton resident Nancy Whitley, who with her former wife and business partner, Heather Whitley, proposed …

Rev. Peter Kakos: Use of word ‘terror’ is about more than semantics

Monday, February 23, 2015

FLORENCE — Those who criticize President Obama’s intentional avoidance of the word “terrorists” to describe ISIL (choosing instead to say “Islamic extremists”), have at the least done us a service by raising a crucial point: How we describe our enemy has consequences. Words matter, for they not only …

Elizabeth Albertson: Opposes use of webcam by Easthampton Police

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was dismayed to read in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that the Easthampton Police Department would be installing a webcam at the intersection of Cottage and Union streets and Payson and Williston avenues. What is to stop someone — a police officer, a municipal employee, …

Paul M. Craig: Weighing the impact of the three-fifths compromise

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: It is sometimes said, because of the so-called three-fifths compromise, that the U.S. Constitution made black people three-fifths human. While this interpretation is not strictly accurate, it does reflect deeper concerns about black people that were clearly understood when our Constitution was written. The three-fifths …