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Jenny A. Daniell: Who is the real eco-terrorist, Berkshire Gas or pipeline critics?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LEVERETT — In an April 25 article published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Christopher Farrell, a spokesperson for Berkshire Gas, accused opponents of the Kinder Morgan pipeline of “eco-terrorism.” We’ve been looking for the eco-terrorists, and so far, we haven’t had much luck. And now, Farrell has apologized. But he did say it. Was Farrell referring to the mothers and grandmothers in Amherst who have been collecting petition signatures against …

Editorial: VA’s memo to hospital staff must read: No excuse to mistreat patients

Sunday, May 3, 2015

How did the psychiatric patient find himself on the floor late one night at the veterans hospital in Leeds? Was it because he threw himself there, as the registered nurse in charge of the shift told an officer with the VA’s police department? That was the official account for months. Then came a detailed report from the inspector general’s office of the Department …

Arnold Friedmann: Local RMV offices dreary are places to visit

Sunday, May 3, 2015

To the editor: I recently visited the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices in Greenfield and Easthampton. Both offices appear to have been designed by somebody from Russia’s Stalin era, and both have the charm of a prison cell. It seems unfair to the staff working there, and it is depressing to those seeking services. At the Greenfield office I counted 28 people sitting …

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Donald W. Torrey: Penalties for violating new headlights law too harsh

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: While I feel the idea of putting your headlights on during low light and bad weather conditions is a great idea, I feel the new law must be repealed to get rid of the overly harsh penalty for none compliance. A six-year insurance surcharge at …

James Winston: Former YMCA swimmer urges nonprofit to keep swim program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest the Gazette’s article regarding the Hampshire Regional YMCA reviewing its aquatics program. I urge the YMCA to keep its swim team program. Competitive swimming has so many benefits for children of all ages, beyond just competing against other children in the …

Joe Manning: Associated Press armadillo article in Gazette raises many questions

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: “Man shoots armadillo, hits mother-in-law.” That’s what a Gazette headline said on April 15. I pondered it before reading the Associated Press article. Did the man shoot the armadillo and then hit his mother-in-law? Perhaps the mother-in-law had said, “Don’t you dare shoot that defenseless …

Laurie J. Schimmelfing: Arts Night In a great celebration of the arts at high school

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: Kudos to the students and teachers who made Arts Night In at Northampton High School a thoroughly enjoyable celebration of the arts. Being able to explore throughout the school again brought back warm memories from when our kids attended. Throughout the high school were instrumental …

Phyllis Woolf: Stop the ever-creeping insurance premium surcharges

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Your editorial of April 15 was a valuable piece, reminding us all of the new law mandating headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in use. Thank you for that. It also mentioned that, in addition to a $5 fine for breaking that law, …

Richard Prée: Carbon fee and dividend is market-based tool against climate change

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Each year since 1970 Earth Day, which was celebrated last week, has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet, and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 …

David Zimicki:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Of course, absolutely no one holds a gun to my head and forces me to read John Sheirer’s monthly column offering in the Gazette. I do so voluntarily. I own that it is a kind of masochistic hobby of mine. This writer, an ostensible spokesman …

Utility regulators act quickly, but more education needed

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Four months. That’s all the time it took the state Department of Public Utilities to eliminate an unfair rule that penalized electricity customers for switching to a competitive supplier that promised lower bills. The speed at which the state’s top utility regulators acted shows the power of protest. …

Judy Markland: Whately needs to know real costs of buying library system building

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Sometimes when something looks too good to be true, it is. The idea that Whately can get “move-in ready” town offices at the Western Massachusetts Regional Library Building for a $65 a year increase on the typical tax bill is one such. The building is …

John Musante & Kumble Subbaswamy: Let’s keep positive town-gown momentum going

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — In 2013, when Amherst Town Meeting agreed to match the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s commitment of $30,000 for a consultant to aid in the development of a shared economic development and housing vision, an historic process was begun. This collaborative effort marked the first time the …