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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, private insurance companies will now be allowed to levy a new surcharge which may last up to six years. They will say …

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 levels are steeply rising. We need to do all we can now to hasten the …

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 of the co-exist/tolerance Left — does nothing but heap ridiculing, dismissive scorn on the views …

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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 …

Patrick Boughan: Residents angry at rising bills should not blame local officials

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: I read a recent letter to the editor regarding Northampton’s stormwater fee with interest. The writer stated that the City Council established the stormwater fee “without consulting residents whatsoever.” I found it informative that, despite the city notifying everyone of the numerous stormwater fee public …

Ren Jewett, 9: To save the planet, we must change our behavior

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To the editor: I am very concerned about the environment and I am disgusted by pollution and animal cruelty, which is the reason I am writing this letter. The real reason pollution is happening is people never change their view to imagine themselves as a different species. For …

Editorial: Renowned architect to leave her artistry in Northampton

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The selection of Maya Lin as the architect for a $100 million redesign of the Neilson Library at Smith College promises a remarkable educational experience as the project unfolds during the rest of this decade. Smith will remake …

Jay Ambrose: The Clinton saga: fascinating to watch, hard to endure

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

If we Americans were not participants in our democracy, not people deeply affected by political outcomes, just spectators taking in the show, you could not ask for anything much more fascinating than the Clinton saga. The story has been funny, sometimes sad, sometimes dramatic, always engrossing, starting, of …