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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 our assessors maps were updated using the MassGIS mapping system developed by the Commonwealth. This program utilizes aerial orthoimagery, which is significantly …

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, natural disasters, economic instability, epidemics, racism, and the international immigration crisis — it is so …

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 in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — …

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Philip Korman, Jeff Cole and Andrew Morehouse: State helps lead way in getting locally grown foods to low-income families

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently created a win-win situation for the Commonwealth, seizing a chance to improve public health, build our economy and support local farmers. Building on its vision to improve the health status of all residents, the department received $3.4 million from …

Editorial: In different tragedies, victims and judges strive for justice

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In two hearings earlier this month, judges, lawyers, defendants and family members gathered in a Northampton courtroom for an all-too-familiar event: the sentencing of a person who had snuffed out the lives of others while driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The outcome of each …

John Donahoe: Why a medical expert is warning about marijuana legalization

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts may place a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot next year. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, has described the following findings on the effects of marijuana. Marijuana use among high school seniors is increasing …

Mark Kertzman: Editorial in Gazette right about climate change challenge

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to the Gazette’s editorial, “Obama’s clean power plan takes aim at climate change” (Aug. 12). I would like to thank the writer for a thoughtful account of the president’s plan to cut emissions. It was also mentioned that while this …

Pat Kennedy: Consider the human costs of hydro power from Quebec

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: One issue not raised by the AP article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (“NE covets Canada’s hydropower,” Aug. 3) is the effect the building of new dams and hydroelectric power plants will have on the First Nations people, specifically the Cree, in the James Bay …

Editorial: Change within Northampton Housing Authority must hit fairness benchmarks

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

One month into her job, the executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority is primed for change. As the agency’s first new leader in decades, Cara Clifford sees opportunities to do things differently. In itself, that may be …

Adam Fisher: Why not let sleeping questions lie?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As once it was for the astronomers and poets of Egypt and Greece and Rome, so it is today as the dog days of summer reassert themselves in all their slurpy, sluggish splendor. Things slow down …

Kathleen Brown: Congress should help protect retirement savings

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: I have worked hard my whole life to save for retirement, and I should be able to trust that my financial adviser is looking out for my best interests — and not just their bottom line. Right now, a loophole in the law allows some …

Lawrence Tucker: Why must Iraq continue to endure such violence?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Recent news articles have revealed that the U.S. military, in the campaign against ISIS, is still bombing the sovereign nation of Iraq. In fact, the U.S. military has been bombing Iraq steadily since 1991. It is, however, alarming that the frequency of bombings has increased. …