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Bob Cabral: Gazette story about man driving 48 states sent bad message

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: Is driving 48 states in 94 hours really deserving of front-page coverage in the Gazette? Would you feature someone who drove 10,000 consecutive times around the Look Park roundabout? It too would be a first. Squandering energy is simply wrong and the article regarding a resident’s historic feat sends a poor message. Bob Cabral Amherst …

Marianne Preger-Simon: Supports study on death of bee hives, not hopeful of results

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m heartily in favor of a White House task force that will study how to reduce the death of pollinators. However, I have very little hope that pesticides will get much study as a cause of hive death. The corporations that make and sell pesticides, such as Monsanto and Syngenta, have too much lobbying influence in Washington to allow their …

Bonnie Prosciak-Harrison: Upset at theft of wreath from relative’s gravestone

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To the editor: When I went to the cemetery on May 22, the wreath that I placed in April on our family stone was securely attached on the cross. Today, after my aunt’s burial, I went to pay respect to my mom, dad and husband and was looking at a gravestone that no longer had the wreath I placed there in April. How …

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Tom Riddell: State hospital land includes burial grounds to be respected

Friday, May 22, 2015

To the editor: As Gazette reporter Gena Mangiaratti accurately reported in a May 20 story, the hundreds of folks who attended Tuesday’s meeting at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School about the use of the state-owned land off Burts Pit Road were mostly concerned about preserving public …

Lynne Bertrand: A spring visitor in Williamsburg comes bearing a reminder

Friday, May 22, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A black bear materialized yesterday in the yard, a sudden presence in the shadows at the river out back. He ambled up the hill and past the house, giving off the appearance of someone who had …

Editorial: US steps up to address decline in honeybee numbers

Friday, May 22, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken literally since the …

Editorial: Historic Northampton dig offers look at living history

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today, toss household trash out your back door and the health board might visit. At 58 Bridge St. in Northampton, authorities are on the lookout for a serial litterer. It’s a bit of a cold case — and …

Robert L. Dickerman: Let’s see more leadership on pipeline from Sen. Stanley Rosenberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — You have to hand it to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. He’s managed to cultivate a positive image for himself, despite his apparently selling out of constituents on the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. His recent call for a local DPU hearing on the Berkshire Gas agreement, albeit commendable, …

Rev. Peter Kakos: What if the Valley were fracked?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the necessary attention being paid to the proposed pipeline of natural gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing that would snake its way through our Commonwealth, let’s imagine the plight of our beloved Valley were we the site for invasive extraction. The immediate effect would be coping …

Dr. Newton Bowdan: Science of biology means people are either male or female

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: A woman may believe she is a man in a woman’s body, or a man may believe he is a woman in a man’s body, but with very rare exceptions (XXY, XYY, or XO) he or she is either XY (male) or XX (female). Whatever …

Putnam Goodwin-Boyd: Family hopes future generations can share love of baseball

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: One of the greatest gifts my two sons gave me was a willingness to share in my love of baseball. Well before they were able to participate in organized leagues they let me play catch with them and throw them batting practice. They still let …

Mary Hayden Hall: Market economics won’t overcome climate change

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: In responding to news on climate, some prefer scripture over science. Dr. James Hansen, a climate scientist at Columbia University, says we now know as much about climate as we do about the human body. While some of us may have a problem with Charles …

Editorial: Calculating what nonprofits bring to life in Northampton

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It is a fair but difficult question: To what degree should nonprofits in Northampton be asked to pay for city services? It is fair because they benefit from things like police and fire protection and more generally from calling a vibrant city their home. It is difficult because, …