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Stephanie Gelfan: College students should pay for ambulance, fire services

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: A simple first step to addressing the problem of Amherst town ambulance and fire services being overburdened by intoxicated students would be to directly and fully charge any student who has gotten an ambulance ride to the hospital due to excessive drinking or drugging, and then have the university withhold that student’s grades until those bills are fully paid. The students get the necessary rides and treatment. …

John Silvestro: Praises WMECO for response to downed power lines

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Close to midnight on Saturday I was quite startled when I heard a thunderous thud outside my home, followed by a loss of electric power. I ran to my window in Hadley and saw the power lines down on my street along with the utility pole that had supported the wires straddling the middle of the road. I went outside …

Roger Guzowski: Join him in voting yes on Question 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Can we finally have a real discussion about expanding the bottle bill? For over a decade, I have watched this play out in the state Legislature like some sort of bad Civil War reenactment, with each side lining up in predictable skirmish lines and volleying the same tired arguments at each other with predictable results. Now that the expansion of …

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

Margaret Lobenstine: Time to lend a hand to area librarians

Friday, September 26, 2014

To the editor: Most of us in the Pioneer Valley feel like we live in a fair and caring community. Many of us love our libraries. However, one thing about at least one prominent library in our area, …

James Donnelly: Do unto others as walker, biker or driver would do unto you

Friday, September 26, 2014

To the editor: I drive more than I bike. I also walk and hike. I have found that there are bad drivers, bad bikers and bad pedestrians; I have encountered all of them while doing all three modes …

Janet Moulding: Forbes trustees thank grant’s anonymous donor

Friday, September 26, 2014

To the editor: The Trustees of Forbes Library would like to publicly acknowledge and thank an anonymous donor for providing a generous grant to preserve the library’s Outreach program which was at risk of being cut this year because of a funding shortfall. The Outreach program is a …

Emmett Barcalow: Fossil fuel companies don’t want climate story told

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: I marched in NYC’s demonstration to protest government inaction on global warming. Despite the lies of the fossil fuel interests, which stand to lose trillions of dollars unless they persuade the world that global warming is a hoax, the scientific evidence is overwhelming that our …

Rich Cairn: Time to show will to reverse global warming

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: More than 310,000 energized and dedicated marchers took to the streets of New York City last Sunday to insist on action to protect the Earth’s atmosphere, thousands of us from western Massachusetts alone. Many stayed to Flood Wall Street with protest Monday. Time has come …

DeAnne Riddle: Full of hope that climate movement is awakening

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: I returned from the People’s Climate March full of hope that the country is waking up and that a strong climate movement has started. The feeling of solidarity among people of different ages, religions and walks of life was heartening. The music, signs, energy and …

Joe Jewett: Climate warriors must take to the barricades

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: It was good to see the attention that you paid in your editorial on Tuesday to the huge march in Manhattan Sunday. There was a lot of great energy and impetus. Unfortunately, as one can easily see from Tuesday’s story from the United Nations’ event …

Ted Steger: Documenting casino’s broken promises

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: I was struck in reading your recent editorial, “Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts,” that there is a simple way to determine which side of the casino issue is more capable of sticking to the facts: look at the track record of the promises …

Alan Scheimann: Wants the courts to rule against Northampton BID

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: The BID proponents represent a minority of downtown Northampton property owners, less than 40 percent. The overwhelming majority of property owners (over 60 percent) chose to reject BID membership. Yet this diehard minority continues to …

Jim Mias: Whatever happened to idea of neighborhood schools?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: This morning the neighborhood kids walked and bicycled to our local public school. It’s a good school, tries real hard and has a long tradition of community and solid education just as most public schools do. Later on, passing by the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public …