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Judy Markland & David Crutchfield: Cost of elevators weighs heavily on small churches

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Small churches, nonprofits and municipalities are proud to have handicap-accessible facilities, but the cost has become a crippling burden. Every elevator and lift in Massachusetts must now be inspected once every 12 months. The requirement is the same whether the lift goes 20 floors or 20 feet or whether it carries two people a week or 2,000. And elevator inspections are expensive — at least $1,000 to cover the cost … 0

Robin Morris: ‘Mountaintop removal’ underway beside Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — While the inhabitants of North Amherst were looking fearfully to the east, where the threat of the Retreat loomed, we were blind-sided by an attack from the west. Back in February, residents of the Puffer’s Pond neighborhood received an abutter’s notice, informing us of a meeting to approve renovations by new owners to the old house beside the pond. The meeting, … 2

Marc Solomon: Get the ball rolling on saving Lake Warner

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for the recent article on the fight to save North Hadley’s Lake Warner. I’m a long-time resident of the Valley but new to North Hadley and moved here for the sense of community, tranquility and proximity to Lake Warner. I was surprised to learn that the future of the lake is in doubt. But I was glad to … 0

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Larry Parnass, the editor of the Gazette, has been on the newspaper's staff since 1988 as an editor, reporter and columnist.

I agree. Attend the meeting, or live with the consequences. Can you prove the weather was bad enough to cancel the meeting?...(full comment)

Robin Morris: ‘Mountaintop removal’ underway beside Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

Sorry, Robin, but you and your upset neighbors should have read the legal notice and gone to the meeting. That's why the...(full comment)

Robin Morris: ‘Mountaintop removal’ underway beside Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

Molly Millay: Public voting in our schools needs to stop

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing because I am concerned about the safety of Amherst students on voting days, when our schools are thrown open to the public without proper security measures. Throughout the rest of the school year, Amherst school personnel take every precaution to ensure the … 0

Peter and Phyllis Jeswald: Praises Mike Mauri for thoughtful work on trees

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: In 1978 we bought 30-plus acres of mostly forested land in Conway. On this land we built a house, raised our children and now welcome our grandson for long weekends “in the country.” We cherish this land and have tried hard to be good stewards. … 0

Byron Poplawski: Added traffic light just causes more problems

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I have been a resident of Northampton for 18 years and recently have encountered an unnecessary hassle which hampers my daily commute. The problem occurs at the intersection of Main Street and Route 10 by the Edwards Church and the Academy of Music. What happens … 0

Michael Clancy: Praises Fleitman column ... not

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Jay Fleitman for his latest column — you know, the one where he debunks the so-called “War on Women” (unlike the “War on Christmas,” which is for realsies). Who better than a privileged white male who has control over his own body (soon … 0

Editorial: Our public health emergency: opiods and heroin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has rightly declared opioid and heroin addiction a public health crisis. The toll exacted on society by the increasing number of people addicted to prescription painkillers — often a route to heroin addiction — cannot … 0

Amy Pybus: Don’t let your kids be pushed around by the MCAS test, consider opting out

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Spring is finally here, that wonderful time that brings us crocuses, baby chicks, sunshine, fresh air and of course, standardized testing. When I got the notice from school that MCAS was approaching (“These tests are very important, have your child sleep and eat a good breakfast, … 0

C. J. Doyle: Don’t force parade to host message it disagrees with

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette’s March 22 editorial on the Boston and Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day parades, which quoted part of our news release, the Gazette argued that not every group which marches in these parades is there to promote Irish culture, but are willing to “support, … 0

Gail Fries: Local Parent Aid volunteers sought

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: If you would like to volunteer to do something meaningful, consider this: when you help a struggling parent, you help the whole family. For more than 30 years, the Parent Aide Volunteer Program in Hadley, a program of Berkshire Children and Families, has provided local … 0

Paul Lyons: Forest Watch message increasingly discounted

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Your recent editorial about logging on Northampton’s watershed lands provides yet another important voice of reason regarding the appropriate use of our precious natural resources. Real conservationists have long known that our forests can be both used and protected — one doesn’t preclude the other. … 0

Dan Clawson: Northampton has a problem with management

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Northampton has a management problem. The mayor, the City Council, and the Department of Public Works seem to have trouble setting priorities. Potholes are a menace to property, but more important to life. I’m one of the lucky ones who has managed to avoid damage … 0