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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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Editorial: The sickening cycle of domestic violence

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kristen Murray is lucky to be alive. As Murray told a judge last week, she thought her relationship with Kevin Pardee had ended. But early April 8, this former boyfriend showed up at her house in Easthampton. And a day that terrified her began. The account Murray provided …

Tom Weiner: Of veterans and the American peace movement

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I recently attended an extraordinary panel presentation at Smith College entitled “Understanding and Healing War’s Deepest Wounds” and featuring three outstanding men — Edward Tick, Robert Meagher and Mark Nickerson. Each has made a noteworthy contribution to the vexed issue of caring for returning veterans. Each …

Newton Bowdan: Another opinion about wording of the Northampton High sign

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To the editor: I honor a recent Gazette letter writer’s interest in the Northampton High School sign that said, “School hours will run normal this week.” The writer encouraged “grammatically hypersensitive drivers” (of whom I have the honor to count myself one) “to regard the school’s sign with …

Jesse Adams: Gazette editorial urging pleas in UMass rape case irresponsible

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To the editor: A recent Gazette editorial entitled, “In UMass rape case, plea deal may be best for all,” was completely irresponsible. It would be awful for the victim to have to testify up to three more times, but the Constitution applies to everyone, even those charged with …

Joanne Marqusee and Robin Kline: Hundreds of volunteers are vital to CDH’s success

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To the editor: Whether serving sandwiches in our coffee shop, escorting visitors or delivering mail within the hospital, or singing to hospice patients in their homes, the volunteers at Cooley Dickinson Hospital consistently serve the needs of patients, families, visitors and staff with cheerfulness and dedication. Last year, …

Tom Wolff: Closing Leverett transfer station would be a blow to community

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To the editor: The Leverett Select Board recently suggested the idea of closing the Leverett transfer station and replacing it with curbside pickup. This is a very bad idea and one that will take away one more place where residents of Leverett can feel like we belong to …

Editorial: Why a new Hampshire College program might offer Conscience 101

Monday, April 20, 2015

In the annals of “doing good,” Hampshire College graduate Julie Schecter appears to have earned her wings. She and other trustees of a family foundation called SHIFT will give more than $2 million to the school. That’s good …

Christine Clarke: Agricultural success in Valley starts with healthy soil

Monday, April 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Eighty years ago, on April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains on a day that came to be known as Black Sunday. During the 1930s, the Dust Bowl days saw huge dust storms ravage the Midwest because …

R.H. Mathews: Story could have used a more accurate headline

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: A recent Gazette article reporting a grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a headline stating “McGovern doles out $1.7M to UMass food research.” I believe a more accurate statement would be something like the following: “U.S. taxpayers provide $1.7M for UMass food research.” …

Camille Balestri: Frontier Regional’s early dismissal proposal rushed through

Monday, April 20, 2015

To the editor: Frontier Regional School District has a new schedule for the school year beginning this fall , a change that was voted on by the joint school committee on April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 90 minutes, with a 10-minute …