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Robert L. Dickerman: Let’s see more leadership on pipeline from Sen. Stanley Rosenberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — You have to hand it to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. He’s managed to cultivate a positive image for himself, despite his apparently selling out of constituents on the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. His recent call for a local DPU hearing on the Berkshire Gas agreement, albeit commendable, serves to promulgate the illusion that he is taking strong action on behalf of his constituents. He is not. What he should …

Dr. Newton Bowdan: Science of biology means people are either male or female

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: A woman may believe she is a man in a woman’s body, or a man may believe he is a woman in a man’s body, but with very rare exceptions (XXY, XYY, or XO) he or she is either XY (male) or XX (female). Whatever one may believe, and for whatever reasons, one is either one or the other. The …

Putnam Goodwin-Boyd: Family hopes future generations can share love of baseball

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: One of the greatest gifts my two sons gave me was a willingness to share in my love of baseball. Well before they were able to participate in organized leagues they let me play catch with them and throw them batting practice. They still let me play with them occasionally, but now they are the ones holding back so no …

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Mary Hayden Hall: Market economics won’t overcome climate change

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: In responding to news on climate, some prefer scripture over science. Dr. James Hansen, a climate scientist at Columbia University, says we now know as much about climate as we do about the human body. While some of us may have a problem with Charles …

Zina Tillona: Woman who fell off treadmill wonders why CDH has no record

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: I was flabbergasted to read in a recent Gazette front page story about treadmill injuries that the emergency department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to its spokeswoman Christina Trinchero, has no record of treadmill related injuries. What happened, I wonder, to the record of my …

Don Schneier: Flag down on Gazette editorial on Brady

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: In a few months, a case may come before the National Labor Relations Board in which an employee charges a corporation with attempted intimidation via the capricious and selective enforcement of a rule that has been otherwise pervasively ignored. At that point, most previous coverage …

John Montanari: Save ‘crescendo’ for notable musical occasions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: “Coming to Crescendo,” screams the headline in an article about the completion of the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk. Now, in musical performance, how does one come to a crescendo? By reaching the point at which the music starts to get gradually louder, not, as implied in …

Susi Friedmann: Thanks to the man with the string and big heart

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To the editor: This morning close to the entrance to the CVS store on North Pleasant Street in Amherst I hit a pothole. There was a tremendous noise, so I went into the CVS parking lot to see what happened. My muffler came loose. A young man and …

Joseph S. Larson: Future of UMass campus planning remains in limbo

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: The future of where the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst are going next with regard to implementation of the university’s master plan seems to be up in the air. Dennis Swinford, director of campus planning, has resigned his UMass position to become …

Daphne R. Penttinen: Pet owners should keep animals under control on roadways

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: This is an appeal to all pet owners: Please keep your pet under constant control. The tragedy of animals being hit by cars must be avoided by the owners of those animals. Such owners are solely obligated to keep their pets under control. Roads are …

Judy Leeds: NEF’s plant, garden market nets $12,000 for schools

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: I want to recognize the comprehensive and enormous community effort made to make this year’s 19th Support Our Schools/Northampton Education Foundation Plant & Garden Market on May 9 the most successful ever. This year the event raised over $12,000 for books and media materials in …

Saraphina Moon Forman: Girl thanks those who supported her successful rainforest hike

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to thank the Gazette for the article that was published about Hike For What’s Right, the rainforest fundraiser that I organized. The article got a lot of attention, raised a lot of awareness and helped us out a lot. We had around …

Greg Bascomb: Amherst Democrats looking for ideas, comments

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Democratic Town Committee is looking for comments and ideas from its membership and the public at large as it plans for its actions in the coming year. The major political outlet for Amherst Democrats is planning a year of meetings, public commentary and …