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Patricia and Stanley Libucha: Belchertown taxpayers should review property bills carefully

Friday, August 28, 2015

To the editor: If you own a home or vacant property in Belchertown, do not take for granted that your tax bill and the calculation of the acreage and square footage for your property is accurate. According to the director of assessments, and I quote, “As of 1-1-12 our assessors maps were updated using the MassGIS mapping system developed by the Commonwealth. This program utilizes aerial orthoimagery, which is significantly …

Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, natural disasters, economic instability, epidemics, racism, and the international immigration crisis — it is so …

Editorial: With American’s gun culture, time to say enough is enough

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — …

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John Howard: Don’t overlook low-cost heat saving techniques for your home

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: Your article in the Aug. 12 Home magazine, “Home efficiency upgrades fall short,” concerned only high-cost upgrades. There are many low cost ones that will pay off, especially when children help out. They can see that you are doing something about climate change. A free …

Suzanne Farrington: Dismayed by news of Northampton Housing Authority firings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: I read with great concern the news that David Adamson and Lynn Smith at the Northampton Housing Authority were being fired. I’m sure Cara Clifford, the new executive director, has her reasons, but I have been impressed with both Adamson’s and Smith’s professionalism and abilities. …

Barry Hirsch: Rhyme and reason with Iran over the nuclear deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The premise on which all Iranian nuclear discussions are based is that under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. As is often stated “all options are on the table,” which we all know is code for military strikes. This premise appears …

Editorial: Tapping senior voices gives Lathrop Community an edge

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

After a quarter century as part of the local “senior living market,” the Lathrop Community Inc. is looking at the next 25 years. The nonprofit group recently hired a Boston architectural firm to help it shape a $26 million expansion plan in Northampton and Easthampton. Even though details …

Anne Perkins: Berkshire Gas’s moratorium on natural gas is bogus

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: I am pleased to see that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has asked Berkshire Gas to lift its moratorium and that the Gazette has editorialized in support of an independent review. Given my experience with the company, I believe the moratorium is nothing but a tactic …

David Katz: Housing authority’s treatment of workers ‘terribly unfair’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority’s termination of five employees with seemingly little to no notice, as told in several Gazette stories in recent days, is terribly unfair. Several were longtime employees, one having worked for the agency for more than 30 years. According to the new …

Robert Neill: Speed bumps are not solution to Amherst’s traffic problems

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: Got a real or imagined traffic problem in Amherst? Circle or lights can’t solve it? Throw speed bumps at it. Speed bumps, the all-purpose substitute for thinking. If you want to stop drivers from using residential streets as bypasses to Route 9, give them a …

Glenn Meakim: Hadley should not force Pride to demolish buildings, trees

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: So all the old houses, restaurants and motel are coming down at a site owned by Pride Inc. at the western end of Route 9 in Hadley. All the trees are to come down. Pride’s president said the town officials demand it. If so, Hadley …

Malcolm Pradia: ‘Superhero’ Sanders is the right choice for president next year

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president. I’m excited about him and many of his ideas. In fact, plenty of people I speak with are equally excited, but I still hear “he won’t win.” To that I ask “why?” I like to remind folks that …

Barbara Sharp: Mayor made wrong call allowing cars to park in bike lane

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: The Lathrop Home on South Street in Northampton held its annual picnic lunch Aug. 12. As in years past, at least two dozen cars were parked in the bicycle lanes on both sides of South Street near the home. This constituted a danger to cyclists, …