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CAROL LOLLIS
Mary Clare Higgins during a press conference held in her office Thursday afternoon.

Clare Higgins: Why these remain taxing times

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Are we overtaxed here in Massachusetts? For many years we were known as “Taxachusetts” and there certainly are some who think that is still true. Of course, the cost of living is high is our state. We have the fifth-highest transportation costs, the fourth-highest utility costs and the fifth-highest health care costs, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research. This winter certainly pushed the high cost …

Editorial: Lessons in compassion from an exiled leader

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfilment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances …

Emily DelVecchio: Swimmer, 10, hopes YMCA will keep the Dolphins team

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am a 10-year-old member of the Dolphins swim team and have been in the swimming program since I was 1. When I was younger, my hope was to make the team as I got older. Without a competitive team, other little kids wouldn’t have a team to look up to. I think that the YMCA should have a swim …

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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 …

Jan M. Kopinto: It’s time to keep America beautiful again

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Whatever happened to keeping America beautiful? Is it no longer a priority to keep our roads, woods and parks free from trash? Drive on any local road and you will see plastic bags hanging in trees. This really only touches the surface. We need to …

Joe Lavallee: Hatfield town moderator urges residents to attend Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield’s annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, is just around the corner. It only takes 75 registered voters to have a quorum and thereby takes usually half, or 38 people, to pass most any issue or spending article. Well, the town budget and most …

Don Schneier: Columnist’s position is driven by market, not by people

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: All anyone needs to know about Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman’s perspective is one word from his April 7 column — “consumers.” His use of that word to refer to people undergoing medical treatment shows that to him, the doctor-patient relationship is one of vendor-potential source …

Nat Woodruff, Don DeGroot and Sanjay Arwade: Amherst residents appreciate chance to ski near home

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to John Coelho and the town of Amherst for the great cross country skiing at Cherry Hill Golf Course this winter. Coelho did a wonderful job grooming the snow, and having such good skiing so close to home is a big improvement to …

Judith Eiseman: Governor oversteps with order for large review of regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Charlie Baker seems ready to turn Massachusetts into one more dysfunctional state headed by a Republican governor. Executive Order 562 is an outrageous and ill-conceived disruption to the governing of a state already dealing with fewer employees in environmental and other agencies due to budget …

Tom Baird: After return to Northampton, public service calls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I will be a candidate for the soon-to-be vacant Ward 6 School Committee seat in Northampton. My family moved back to the city after researching where our daughter should go to school. To us, school choice meant choosing a community for our family. We also …