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Editorial: AG Maura Healey’s savvy moves against opioid epidemic

Friday, September 4, 2015

State Attorney General Maura Healey continues to demonstrate an ability to connect the dots when it comes to the big picture of the opiate epidemic. Healey sees the crisis in human terms, recognizing its impacts on law enforcement resources, addiction treatment needs and the health of users and the people who treat, work and live with them. Without seeing and …

Bill Newman: Taking roads, and trails, less traveled by

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding forth on encountering mountain lions, avoiding avalanches, and appreciating conifers. He also mentioned that in …

Joanne Kovalski: Easthampton roads need attention right now

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: I don’t understand why Easthampton has not repaired the main roads in the city — Cottage, Union and Main streets. I have traveled from Easthampton to the Berkshires and Connecticut. Their main roads have been repaired where needed. Even North Adams, Cummington and Goshen have smooth roads. There is construction all around Easthampton to improve roads. What’s wrong with this …

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

Denise Buckingham: Employees at CSO are seeking fair compensation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: During my time as an employee at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) and as a member of the contract bargaining team, I have been struck by the experiences of my colleagues, many of whom are unable to afford to take time away from work or …

Dick Stein, Larry Ely and Steve Randall: Alarming sea level rise predicted

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — On July 23 James Hansen and 16 leading climatologists, employing innovative new climate models, published a bombshell paper: “Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms.” Published on an international climatologist discussion web forum, their paper provoked immediate, extensive debate in newspapers and among climatologists before its …

Editorial: UMass takes questionable stance on football player’s discipline case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Alex Stolicny has no doubt about what happened early one morning last February. He was punched so hard in the mouth by a guy at a Hadley party that several teeth came out and he lost consciousness. That’s the story he has been telling since Feb. 21. It …

Jay Fleitman: The problems with Donald Trump that Republicans must not overlook

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This past weekend I hosted an event that drew Republican activists from throughout western Massachusetts and the rest of the state. There were a good number of Donald Trump supporters in the crowd. I spent some time at the end of the evening listening to two …

Editorial: All information needed to make right call on pipeline

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the debate rages over the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project, the public keeps coming back to a central question: Does the region require more pipeline capacity to fill its need for fuel? Or might the region be able to heat its homes and businesses with power …

Ava Gip: Where is Sen. Warren on fracked gas pipeline issue for WMass?

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been missing in action on the North East Direct pipeline issue for a whole year. I believe the last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I …

James Borghesani: Teen use of marijuana not rising in Colorado

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: An Aug. 19 letter in the Gazette regarding a possible 2016 marijuana-related Massachusetts ballot initiative contained factual errors. In Colorado, which ended marijuana prohibition in 2012, teen use has not increased. In fact, data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (a bi-annual study by the …

Dick Bentley: Amherst parking study has merit, even if judge doesn’t think so

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Judge Richard Carey, handling a recent lawsuit, threw out of his courtroom a traffic study done by Rolf Karlstrom in a “friend of the court” brief. The judge’s stated reason for ignoring the study was that Karlstrom is a biology professor who “does not possess …

Elaine Puleo: Solar developer, Shutesbury engaged in ‘civil discussion’

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I take offense with the language used in an Aug. 20 article on the Shutesbury solar farm. The Chicago developer is not “plowing ahead” even though the town is considering imposing a temporary moratorium. The process is proceeding in the appropriate thoughtful manner through the …

Jennifer Faulkner: Belchertown planners should reject cell tower application

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: According to Belchertown bylaws, wireless carriers must add antennas to existing towers to meet coverage needs before new towers are planned. Verizon believes in co-location when leasing its structures to other carriers as a source of income. Therefore, it should be amendable to co-locating equipment …