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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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Peter J. and Michele M. Marcoux: Cummington Fair ‘dictatorship’ owes CRD Metalworks an apology

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: We usually don’t take a stand regarding issues that don’t involve us. However, our hearts say that we need to take a stand regarding this issue. We cannot believe that the Hillside Agricultural Society has asked CRD Metalworks not to participate in the Cummington Fair …

Editorial: New Amtrak route shows promise, but pieces still missing

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are these trains — Amtrak’s Vermonter and other north-south service — bound for glory? If so, wishing won’t make it so — and it may be time for officials to stop salivating over the potential for economic development. Only patient and continued public investment in routes, schedules and …

Christopher Flavelle: birthright

Monday, August 24, 2015

Until three years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders — temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed …

Sidney B. Simon: Of wars, equality and the focus on grades

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I congratulate you for printing that excellent piece by Steve Pfarrer on the books of Professor Christian C. Appy that focus on the Vietnam War. We must not forget that war. Appy’s quote from Henry Steele Commager needs to be read widely. “... though we …

George Levinger: Deal on Iranian nuclear issue worthy of support

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: Do we want another war in the Mideast, specifically against Iran? If the detractors of our president are to be supported, that’s what we’re likely to get. Should we listen to the Republican politicians, whose aim is to vilify Obama on his every policy, whether …

Nancy Bandman-Boyle: Looking for compromise on library depository planned for Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — I’d like to clarify opinions I shared during the Hadley Planning Board meeting last week and offer further details than were reported in Wednesday’s article, “Hadley presses for smaller Five Colleges library annex.” I believe in a place for books and I support my local libraries. …

Editorial: State consumers win fight against outmoded utility fee

Monday, August 24, 2015

Thanks to new bipartisan legislation in Massachusetts, electricity customers who went in search of lower rates will be compensated for a jolt they didn’t see coming: being charged to seek a better deal for their families. The turnabout is a win for angry and confused consumers, but it …

Thomas Hyer: Seniors should join to protect retiree benefits

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: This month marked the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act and for those of us 65 and older, Social Security continues to be a critical source of income. Social Security was established to protect seniors by setting aside savings we contributed in our working …

Lynne Weintraub: You can fly your flag, and I can tell you what I think of it

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I would like to remind the author of a letter published Aug. 13 that while the First Amendment guarantees the right to display any flag one chooses, it does not provide the person displaying it with immunity from the expressions of revulsion that it may …

Betty Roy: Let’s not forget to pause and help others here in our Valley

Friday, August 21, 2015

To the editor: There was an elderly gentleman walking his dog on Route 10 in Southampton yesterday. At one point, the dog just wouldn’t move from the entrance to the Big Y shopping plaza and as much as the gentleman tried to get the dog to move, he …