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CAROL LOLLIS
Mary Clare Higgins during a press conference held in her office Thursday afternoon.

Clare Higgins: Why these remain taxing times

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Are we overtaxed here in Massachusetts? For many years we were known as “Taxachusetts” and there certainly are some who think that is still true. Of course, the cost of living is high is our state. We have the fifth-highest transportation costs, the fourth-highest utility costs and the fifth-highest health care costs, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research. This winter certainly pushed the high cost …

Editorial: Lessons in compassion from an exiled leader

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfilment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances …

Emily DelVecchio: Swimmer, 10, hopes YMCA will keep the Dolphins team

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am a 10-year-old member of the Dolphins swim team and have been in the swimming program since I was 1. When I was younger, my hope was to make the team as I got older. Without a competitive team, other little kids wouldn’t have a team to look up to. I think that the YMCA should have a swim …

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Sara Weinberger: Why not activate your investments?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When bothered by insomnia, I meet with my financial advisor. Discussions of indexes, hedge funds and equities lull me to sleep quicker than Ambien. The fancy graphs and charts he presents my husband and I with at each visit make no sense to me. I don’t …

Jeff Zesiger: Traffic light still causing backups on Damon Road

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I had time to wonder about the long line of cars on Damon Road as I sat waiting for the new light to turn at Industrial Drive. There may be an easy solution for the traffic that backs up there. The light is set to …

Peggy B. Anderson: Bicycle path signs near Notch cause confusion

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: This time I am not writing about the things which are at the top of my list, such as our need to truly address climate change by not using dirty, fracked gas in new pipelines when we need to be addressing our energy needs via …

Carolyn Ahearn: Salaries of nonprofit executives serve to undermine their mission

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to an April 2 Gazette article detailing a Clinical and Support Options workers rally over contract negotiations in Northampton. Karin Jeffers, CSO’s president and chief executive officer, is quoted as saying, “We do feel we’ve given them a fair offer. We can’t …

Rosemary Kofler: Amherst Follies a success because of local support

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: On behalf of the Friends of the Amherst Senior Center I would like to express our thanks to all who contributed to the success of the Sixth Annual Amherst Follies on March 29, the variety show that benefited the services and programs at the Amherst …

Editorial: Hampshire Regional YMCA needs to hear all voices on future of swim team

Friday, April 17, 2015

Leaders of the Hampshire Regional YMCA should think twice before eliminating a team that not only produces championship swimmers but provides an opportunity for young people of all abilities to learn healthy competition, self-discipline and a love of …

Jim Foudy: They call it ‘smart growth’ for a reason — and Amherst should take note

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In Northampton and Amherst this year the topics of smart growth and community gateways — and how they intersect — have generated debate. Smart growth principles encourage development in already urbanized areas. The idea is to concentrate housing, commerce, jobs and transportation while leaving land open …

Editorial: Hadley video archive of public meetings must be preserved

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hadley is rightly proud of its history. Hopkins Academy, the town’s public school, celebrated its 350th anniversary last year. Some of the best alluvial soils known to agriculture are warming for a new growing season. Off a busy commercial strip, common spaces on West Street sweep with a …

Jay Vinskey: The bonsai trees of King Street shouldn’t look that way

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Having worked to maintain the city’s “Tree City USA” designation as a member of the former Northampton Tree Committee and landscape architect, I was disheartened to notice the widespread hacking that occurred to the trees at …

J.M. Sorrell: High school should avoid text jargon on its new outdoor sign

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: A photo of the Northampton High School sign was on the Gazette’s front page earlier this month. While the controversy about having a lit sign in a residential neighborhood is happening, what I find most disturbing is the improper use of grammar on a high …