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Editorial: Police informant program gets needed review at UMass

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A tragedy befell the University of Massachusetts Amherst community last Oct. 4. That is when Eric L. Sinacori, 20, a UMass junior who aspired to be a physical therapist, died of acute heroin poisoning, according to his death certificate on file with the Amherst town clerk. His death brings home the danger of growing heroin use in Massachusetts, a public health plague that has drawn attention from lawmakers and the …

Dade Singapuri: Let Sen. Rosenberg know you oppose proposed pipeline

Thursday, October 2, 2014

To the editor: As we know, there is a fracked gas pipeline planned to cross Massachusetts. This, of course, is a dangerous and foolish course to follow. Since the year 2000 over 990 natural gas transmission line accidents with 137 injuries and 34 fatalities have occurred. Please let state Sen. Stan Rosenberg know we do not want this pipeline and to oppose the …

Christine and Jon Sass:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

To the editor: We want to thank the Gazette and Laurie Loisel for “The Dignity Project” — the difficult, important and touching focus on the many decisions surrounding death. Most recently the honest and sometimes difficult coverage of Lee Hawkins and her decisions around her death encouraged many discussions in our house and with friends. The Gazette provided an opportunity for people to …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Eva Cashdan: Please return her “Vote, It Counts” sign

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: Since a major mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage people to vote, I put out my League “Vote, It Counts” sign on Stony Hill Road in Amherst on Sept. 9, primary election day. When I went to retrieve the sign after …

Jack Tulloss: Name That Terrorist competition now open

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: Listen up and pay attention. Who’s ready for a challenge? One can hardly turn on television news or pick up a newspaper without reading that the do-nothing idlers in Washington who are entrusted with the nation’s security are about ready to get into bed with …

John Montanari: The lot of the non-liberal in Valley

Monday, September 22, 2014

SHUTESBURY — It isn’t easy being a non-liberal in the Pioneer Valley. I know, world’s smallest violin and all. Hey, if I really didn’t like it, you might say, I could move to Texas or someplace. Never. The Valley is my home, and here I will stay. Still, …

Editorial: Climate marchers make point that nations are not heeding

Monday, September 22, 2014

Today in New York City, leaders from around the world gather at the United Nations to see what can be done to prevent carbon pollution from ruining the planet. There is new evidence this week of both the …

Carol Fusia Campbell: NFL’s Goodell squandered opportunity

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: I love the game of football. That’s probably no surprise. I grew up around the sport. My father was a football coach and our family lived, breathed and ate football. But I am sickened by the Ray Rice situation. I am sickened that there is …

Kevin Collins: Not all Amherst Town Meeting members bother to vote

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: As we head into fall Town Meeting in Amherst, we face more decisions on zoning. Zoning votes are special because they require a two-thirds majority to pass. Sometimes, a majority may vote in favor of a proposed article, but it will fail because it did …

Robert Greeney: This Amherst resident favors the middle road

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: When in doubt I favor the middle road. I do not want to stop growth and development. I do not want to promote growth and development. I imagine this town collectively deciding the best way to interface with growth at UMass and manage initiatives from …

Richard S. Stein: How about charging people for using plastic bottles and bags?

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: There have been several letters concerning the bottle bill and the desirability of requiring deposits on items like water bottles as well as soft drink and other beverage ones. As a person concerned about the use of polymers to make bottles for the past 60 …

John Coull: Where’s the peer pressure against drinking in Amherst?

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: This is what we hope for: that more mature and moderate students will instill some of their common sense into others and draw them away from alcohol-fueled gatherings that can morph into dangerous mob events. But what about the adult stakeholders? Why aren’t downtown merchants, …

Michael Seward: Financing of Eric Lesser’s state Senate campaign did not get attention it needed

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: Eric Lesser’s victory in the Democratic primary for the First Hampden-Hampshire State Senate District was a bad day for democracy and demonstrated the failure of the press to adequately inform the electorate. Despite spending more than three times as much as the candidate he narrowly …