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Elysse Link: PVTA, municipalities should make clearing bus stops a priority

Thursday, March 5, 2015

To the editor: Every winter I’m appalled at the condition of the bus stops in Amherst and Northampton. Several times I’ve inquired about who is responsible for shoveling and upkeep at the stops. I’m told by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority that it’s the town’s responsibility. Then the town tells me it’s PVTA’s job. Many of the people who rely on public transportation to get basic necessities like food are …

Barbara Magnuson: South Hadley Electric Light urged to stay in the Falls area

Thursday, March 5, 2015

To the editor: The officers and members of the South Hadley Democratic Town Committee wish to add our voices to the community concerns about South Hadley Electric Light Department’s proposed move from its historic location in the South Hadley Falls area to a location on Old Lyman Road that the utility reportedly purchased about 20 years ago. At the committee’s Jan. 15 meeting, …

Editorial: Harsh winter a clear sell for added fuel assistance

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Of all the responsibilities lawmakers carry, protecting the most vulnerable should be near the top. That’s why, as the region began another harsh winter month, the state’s two Democratic U.S. senators did the right thing in making a case for the release of home-heating assistance. It’s sad they have to lobby at all, but in recent years this additional set-aside money — $34 …

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George Kohout and Debra Orgera: Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid focus of Sunday forum in Florence

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: Interest has been growing in Massachusetts for the Olympics 2024 to be hosted by Boston and perhaps other cities throughout Massachusetts. Many print and Internet news sources have noted the excitement, vision and positive impact of this mega-sporting event. There is another side to the …

Joe Bodin: Reader wants to know more about Israel’s nuclear weapons program

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: We never receive information about the size or need for Israel’s atomic weapons program. How large is their stockpile? How many centrifuges do they have? What forms of weapons do they have and what is their range? And especially, why they need to have these …

Patty Kimura: Stranger danger should have no place in our communities

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: I was dismayed by the story relayed in a recent letter to the editor by a mother of a 14-year-old girl who, with a friend, was repeatedly harassed and followed by an unidentified man on a Tuesday afternoon in Northampton. The man, who was a …

Becky Reid: Might MLB could speed up games by cutting down on commercials?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: Here’s wondering if Major League Baseball will, in its efforts to speed up play, cut down the number of commercials aired during games. And of the commercials they do retain, will they reduce the amount of time for each commercial? Becky Reid Easthampton …

Hope C. Corlius: Goat Girls group appreciates donation of Christmas trees

Monday, March 2, 2015

To the editor: We would like to extend sincere appreciation to the nearly 100 households that donated their Christmas trees to our goat herd in the weeks after the holidays. These trees, in addition to helping make the feed budget stretch longer in the cold winter months, also …

Jay Fleitman: A man, a shovel and a mound of snow that won’t go away

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — ISIS is rampaging through the Middle East. The mullahs of Iran are working towards nuclear weapons. Putin is taking territory from the Ukraine. Obamacare is turning our health care system inside out. In this column I want to consider something else important: municipal snow plowing. I …

Erin Mahon-Moore: Why it’s important to ‘school local’ as well as ‘shop local’

Sunday, March 1, 2015

To the editor: I write on behalf of the organizing committee of the Northampton Public Schools Action Coalition in response to the Feb. 20 letter in the Gazette from a Northampton parent. We would like to clarify that the coalition organized the public meeting to which the writer …

Dennis R. Scribner: Webcams will help advance police work in Easthampton

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton resident recently expressed concern over the Easthampton police department’s acquisition of two webcams donated by a local business owner. As an Easthampton detective, I would like to respond. First, the Easthampton Police Department is …

Editorial: To the end, Evan S. Dobelle remains tight with a dime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When president of Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle showed a preference for having other people pick up the tab for his personal travel, expensive meals and visits to the Bohemian Grove in California. That’s why he no longer works in Westfield. A development last week suggests Dobelle …

Katherine Appy: Tyranny of loudest voices hobbles public debate in Amherst

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — In recent months, more than 50 people have spoken to me or others about running for a seat on the Amherst School Committee. In the end, only two were willing to run. Two of the four people who drew papers have dropped out. Now that I …