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Editorial: AG Maura Healey’s savvy moves against opioid epidemic

Friday, September 4, 2015

State Attorney General Maura Healey continues to demonstrate an ability to connect the dots when it comes to the big picture of the opiate epidemic. Healey sees the crisis in human terms, recognizing its impacts on law enforcement resources, addiction treatment needs and the health of users and the people who treat, work and live with them. Without seeing and …

Bill Newman: Taking roads, and trails, less traveled by

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding forth on encountering mountain lions, avoiding avalanches, and appreciating conifers. He also mentioned that in …

Joanne Kovalski: Easthampton roads need attention right now

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: I don’t understand why Easthampton has not repaired the main roads in the city — Cottage, Union and Main streets. I have traveled from Easthampton to the Berkshires and Connecticut. Their main roads have been repaired where needed. Even North Adams, Cummington and Goshen have smooth roads. There is construction all around Easthampton to improve roads. What’s wrong with this …

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

Kenneth Dym: Along with planting trees, Northampton should preserve existing ones

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Northampton’s Department of Public Works recently announced that it will launch an ambitious tree-planting initiative this fall. Its stated goal is to reverse a trend that has seen more trees removed than replaced. How ironic that this initiative is to occur at exactly the same …

Julie Zuckman: Misuse of scooters puts children, others at risk in Northampton

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am writing regarding the increasing number of small children slalom-scootering their way up and down city streets, particularly in the downtown business districts of the city and in Florence. Often yards ahead of or behind their adult, these children are at risk at each …

Patricia and Stanley Libucha: Belchertown taxpayers should review property bills carefully

Friday, August 28, 2015

To the editor: If you own a home or vacant property in Belchertown, do not take for granted that your tax bill and the calculation of the acreage and square footage for your property is accurate. According to the director of assessments, and I quote, “As of 1-1-12 …

Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, …

Editorial: With American’s gun culture, time to say enough is enough

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists …

J.M. Sorrell: Gazette wrong to come to Chris Duval’s defense on free speech grounds

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: It’s one thing to hear from Chris Duval (infamous now for guns and Confederate flag defenses) and to print his comments. It seems ridiculous, however, for a well-regarded newspaper to come to his defense regarding the Cummington Fair. If he had painted on his building …

Tenzin Tsedon: See Confederate ‘battle flag’ for what it is: a racist symbol

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Lot of people who support the Confederate flag always seem to compare it to the rainbow flag or a flag of another country, saying all of them represent pride and Americans have the right to fly them regardless of others’ disapprovals. If one truly wants …

Adam Fisher: Nature is free, so why charge for use of it at Musante Beach?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Reading a letter-writer’s plea (“Do not erect financial barriers at Puffer’s Pond”), I was delighted by her appreciation of a gathering place offered to one and all. But, as a Northampton resident, it made me think how nice it might be if my city’s Musante …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal …

Editorial: Private investment pushes Amherst center changes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The commercial transformation of downtown Amherst continues apace, though one high-profile project must still get right with history. We expect that it will — and that these ventures will add life to the town center without altering its character. Two decisions have just come down on One East …