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Wendi Weinberg: Natural gas story as confusing as charges on electric bills

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Huh? Forty-two years ago I did quite well on my SATs for reading comprehension, so I don’t think this is just me. After reading a Feb. 20 article in the Gazette about National Grid and Access Northeast’s project to increase natural gas supplies, I am left with no more clarity than before I read it. The author is listed as “combined sources,” so I cannot give one …

Caleb Warren: Reader takes issue with Kakos column on Isis ‘extremists’

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Regarding Rev. Peter Kakos’ Feb. 24 guest column, “‘Terror’ more than semantics,” he solved a riddle that has perplexed me — namely, why does ISIS do what it does in the name of Islam? Apparently it is because the U.S. populace, post-9/11, was “manipulated” by our former administration — unmentioned were 99 out of 100 senators who went along with …

Leigh Dunlap: Mother angered by man’s street harassment toward daughter

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: So apparently at least one male in Northampton hasn’t seen the memo (or the YouTube videos) regarding the street harassment of women. My 14-year-old daughter was walking in town with her friend Tuesday afternoon on their way for a slice of pizza. A man some distance from them started waving to them. They didn’t recognize him so they ignored his …

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Justina Gregory: Don’t call these library books “unpopular”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest Dave Eisenstadter’s article in last weekend’s Gazette reporting that the Five College Consortium plans to purchase land in Hadley to build a library annex. I write to address some of the article’s implications. It’s misleading to characterize the volumes to be …

Michael DiPasquale: Says Northampton PTO should not be against charter schools

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: A few years ago, shortly after our children started their first year at Northampton High School, the Parent Teacher Organization sponsored a showing of “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,” a documentary that is highly critical of charter schools. The fact that the PTO …

Joseph Sharp: City does not do enough to get people to shovel their sidewalks

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable.” New Englanders have long had (apparently divergent) views regarding snow and the issue of removing snow from public ways. This divergence dates to Emerson’s day …

Editorial: Valley provides crux leadership in green building projects

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Since the green building movement took off in the United States in the past two decades, Massachusetts has become a leading state in embracing the practice of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient construction. And the Pioneer Valley demonstrates the success of green building in an array of residential, commercial and …

Tracey Belliveau: My father’s hospice care at Northampton VA came with compassion — and cats

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “I’ve got bad news.” This was the beginning of a phone conversation with my 91-year-old father, Robert L. Belliveau, from his bed in Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Doctors would not be able to operate on his failing …

Sarah Aasheim: Documentary ‘The Crash Reel’ an inspiration for local family

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I’d like to express my thanks to Whole Children of Hadley for its Feb. 8 screening of “The Crash Reel.” This documentary tells the comeback story of Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. …

Lynne Rudder Baker: Appalled by UMass Amherst policy to bar Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I am appalled by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new and gratuitous policy of barring Iranian students from certain fields of study, as told in a Feb. 13 Boston Globe article headlined, “UMass Amherst Stops Admitting Iranians to Some Graduate Programs.” Here are some salient …

Roger Herman: UMass should rethink policy banning Iranians from courses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I was stunned to read the article in Monday’s Gazette about a ban on Iranian students from specific courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If our universities cannot exhibit some degree of fairness towards the people who study there or want to study there, …

Adam Fisher: A scholar who moves like a moth to hypocrisy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My friend Brian Victoria, a Zen monk and author of “Zen at War,” is a pain in the patoot. But because he is a pain in the patoot, I know him as a friend I value …

Editorial: Historic Northampton issues a plea to save what it preserves

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Before they were dubbed a “campus,” a few handsome wooden homes east of downtown Northampton housed the city’s oldest families. Children came into the world here, wills were read and horses shod. Getting to the next year, in a young America, took doing. Today is a struggle as …