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Alison H. Bowen: Is a new gas pipeline really the answer to high electricity costs?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

GOSHEN — National Grid customers read on the front page of the Gazette March 25 that electric rates will drop 26 percent as of May 1, pending DPU approval. This is good news, given the long, cold and expensive winter. Spokeswoman Danielle Williamson explained: “It’s not a shortage of natural gas that makes the price higher. It’s pipeline capacity constrictions. There’s enough natural gas, but in New England we don’t …

Roger Webb: Amherst Club fundraiser nets $12,000 for community groups

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Club’s recent fundraiser Spring to Life was a great success. I would like to express thanks to the wonderful community we live in, which is prepared to come together to support events such as this. With the generous support of our sponsors, those who donated to the auction, and those who helped organize or attended, we were able …

Normand Cloutier: SHELD is not broken despite claims of some

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To the editor: As a former town administrator for South Hadley, I am familiar with South Hadley Electric Light Department and its manager. We very successfully worked together on many projects, including the replacement of the Route 116 bridge and the South Hadley Falls revitalization project. In my position, I too, have had labor issues spill into the public arena. SHELD has had …

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Larry Parnass: A Gazette humorist’s secrets revealed

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette newsroom just isn’t the same these days without: a) An Air Force veteran proud of saying, “I served my country in Rome (pause) Rome, N.Y.” b) A skilled paginator who threw himself like an …

Editorial: Open Meeting Law worth the hard work it requires

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It’s not shocking that several public officials stood up at a public meeting to complain that the state’s Open Meeting Law is cumbersome and confusing. What is shocking is that they derided it as “unfair and undemocratic” and claimed that a request for meeting minutes is tantamount to …

Editorial: Rule exposes electricity ratepayers to unfair double whammy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Electricity customers knew last fall they’d pay more for power this winter. But as rates kicked up by nearly a third and some sought relief by switching suppliers, another expense caught them by surprise — making this a tough winter both inside and outside for ratepayers. Help may …

Nancy Kinney: Irked at Kinder Morgan’s actions, urges Gazette to keep story alive

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: Please keep Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline story front and center. A huge Texas company is threatening to impact homeowners in western Massachusetts. What gives a private company the right to take our land using “eminent domain”? Our government does because the fossil fuel giants …

Sid Moss: Postal Service offers a reliable bargain for mail delivery

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: The writer of a Feb. 27 guest column criticized the U.S. Postal Service because it took five days for a book mailed from Florence to be delivered to his home in nearby Greenfield. I can see that he might have been annoyed at the wait …

Gene Reilly: CPA panel should reject condo request for money to fix staircase

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: A Gazette article published March 19 discussed an application submitted by the Coolidge Park Condominiums requesting Community Preservation Act funds to help repair their granite steps. It is my opinion that the Community Preservation Committee should decline to support this application. The article noted CPA …

Peter A. Jones: Transparency lacking in decision to move Recreation Department

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: It was surprising and disappointing to learn from the Gazette that the Northampton Council on Aging is shortly to be evicted from its social room in the Senior Center. The space is being taken over by the Parks and Recreation Department, which is itself being …

Ann M. Hennessey: Proud to live in community that values arts for education

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: My family and I went to a wonderful performance of “Godspell” at Northampton High School earlier this month. Directors Cate Damon and Beau Flahive and the roughly 60 NHS students — actors, musicians and behind-the-scenes “ninjas” — put on a remarkable and professional performance. Congratulations …

Don Robinson: How firm is the U.S.-Israel alliance today?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — “Netanyahu apologizes; White House Is Unmoved,” blared the headline in Tuesday’s New York Times. The victor in Israel’s parliamentary election had invited leaders of the Arab community to his official residence and told them he regretted remarks he had made on election day — Arab voters …

Editorial: Grieving military families find solace with new bond

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The ceremony marking the formation of the first-ever western Massachusetts chapter of American Gold Star Mothers served as a powerful reminder that the pain of seemingly distant wars is felt every day in the hearts of our Pioneer …