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Jim Harvey: Praise for Amherst medical practice staff

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: I wish to add my voice to those in praise of Dr. Anne Weaver and her staff in Amherst. My mother was her patient during the last decade of her life, and indeed was lovingly and competently cared for. The Amherst Family Practice staff, headed by Valerie Loiko, played an important role in providing humane and personal care. Sadly, they have not been retained in the merger …

Anneke Corbett: Doubts about safety of oil drilling in Arctic

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, a region that’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, worries me because millions of people live in the Arctic, where the vital ecosystem has provided subsistence for generations and is home to vulnerable wildlife, like polar bears and whales, whose habitat could be devastated by a spill. President Obama’s …

Ralph Dolan: Solitary confinement a rule in land of the SuperMax prison

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Why does America keep so many human beings in solitary confinement? The phenomenon must be seen in its broader context. The collective will of America is violent and punishing. So systemic is the violence and punishing that the practice has taken on a life of its own. Thus, we continue keeping human beings in solitary confinement even though the majority …

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John Howard: Don’t overlook low-cost heat saving techniques for your home

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: Your article in the Aug. 12 Home magazine, “Home efficiency upgrades fall short,” concerned only high-cost upgrades. There are many low cost ones that will pay off, especially when children help out. They can see that you are doing something about climate change. A free …

Suzanne Farrington: Dismayed by news of Northampton Housing Authority firings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: I read with great concern the news that David Adamson and Lynn Smith at the Northampton Housing Authority were being fired. I’m sure Cara Clifford, the new executive director, has her reasons, but I have been impressed with both Adamson’s and Smith’s professionalism and abilities. …

Barry Hirsch: Rhyme and reason with Iran over the nuclear deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The premise on which all Iranian nuclear discussions are based is that under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. As is often stated “all options are on the table,” which we all know is code for military strikes. This premise appears …

Editorial: Tapping senior voices gives Lathrop Community an edge

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

After a quarter century as part of the local “senior living market,” the Lathrop Community Inc. is looking at the next 25 years. The nonprofit group recently hired a Boston architectural firm to help it shape a $26 million expansion plan in Northampton and Easthampton. Even though details …

Anne Perkins: Berkshire Gas’s moratorium on natural gas is bogus

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: I am pleased to see that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has asked Berkshire Gas to lift its moratorium and that the Gazette has editorialized in support of an independent review. Given my experience with the company, I believe the moratorium is nothing but a tactic …

David Katz: Housing authority’s treatment of workers ‘terribly unfair’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority’s termination of five employees with seemingly little to no notice, as told in several Gazette stories in recent days, is terribly unfair. Several were longtime employees, one having worked for the agency for more than 30 years. According to the new …

Robert Neill: Speed bumps are not solution to Amherst’s traffic problems

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: Got a real or imagined traffic problem in Amherst? Circle or lights can’t solve it? Throw speed bumps at it. Speed bumps, the all-purpose substitute for thinking. If you want to stop drivers from using residential streets as bypasses to Route 9, give them a …

Glenn Meakim: Hadley should not force Pride to demolish buildings, trees

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: So all the old houses, restaurants and motel are coming down at a site owned by Pride Inc. at the western end of Route 9 in Hadley. All the trees are to come down. Pride’s president said the town officials demand it. If so, Hadley …

Malcolm Pradia: ‘Superhero’ Sanders is the right choice for president next year

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president. I’m excited about him and many of his ideas. In fact, plenty of people I speak with are equally excited, but I still hear “he won’t win.” To that I ask “why?” I like to remind folks that …

Barbara Sharp: Mayor made wrong call allowing cars to park in bike lane

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: The Lathrop Home on South Street in Northampton held its annual picnic lunch Aug. 12. As in years past, at least two dozen cars were parked in the bicycle lanes on both sides of South Street near the home. This constituted a danger to cyclists, …