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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 on others’ structures, too. Verizon plans to co-locate other carriers on the proposed Aldrich Street neighborhood tower, with four levels of antenna. …

Kenneth Dym: Along with planting trees, Northampton should preserve existing ones

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Northampton’s Department of Public Works recently announced that it will launch an ambitious tree-planting initiative this fall. Its stated goal is to reverse a trend that has seen more trees removed than replaced. How ironic that this initiative is to occur at exactly the same time as a proposed expansion at Village Hill which will entail the removal and destruction …

Julie Zuckman: Misuse of scooters puts children, others at risk in Northampton

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am writing regarding the increasing number of small children slalom-scootering their way up and down city streets, particularly in the downtown business districts of the city and in Florence. Often yards ahead of or behind their adult, these children are at risk at each curb cut as well as creating a public hazard to pedestrians of all ages and …

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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, …

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 …