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Donald W. Torrey: Penalties for violating new headlights law too harsh

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: While I feel the idea of putting your headlights on during low light and bad weather conditions is a great idea, I feel the new law must be repealed to get rid of the overly harsh penalty for none compliance. A six-year insurance surcharge at a cost of $50 a year to the person who does not follow the rule is extremely harsh. Is it possible that …

James Winston: Former YMCA swimmer urges nonprofit to keep swim program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest the Gazette’s article regarding the Hampshire Regional YMCA reviewing its aquatics program. I urge the YMCA to keep its swim team program. Competitive swimming has so many benefits for children of all ages, beyond just competing against other children in the pool. It is a sport that offers excellent exercise while fostering a sense of working …

Joe Manning: Associated Press armadillo article in Gazette raises many questions

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: “Man shoots armadillo, hits mother-in-law.” That’s what a Gazette headline said on April 15. I pondered it before reading the Associated Press article. Did the man shoot the armadillo and then hit his mother-in-law? Perhaps the mother-in-law had said, “Don’t you dare shoot that defenseless animal,” but he did it anyway, and then reached out and smacked the woman. “Don’t …

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Laurie J. Schimmelfing: Arts Night In a great celebration of the arts at high school

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: Kudos to the students and teachers who made Arts Night In at Northampton High School a thoroughly enjoyable celebration of the arts. Being able to explore throughout the school again brought back warm memories from when our kids attended. Throughout the high school were instrumental …

Phyllis Woolf: Stop the ever-creeping insurance premium surcharges

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Your editorial of April 15 was a valuable piece, reminding us all of the new law mandating headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in use. Thank you for that. It also mentioned that, in addition to a $5 fine for breaking that law, …

Richard Prée: Carbon fee and dividend is market-based tool against climate change

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Each year since 1970 Earth Day, which was celebrated last week, has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet, and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 …

David Zimicki:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Of course, absolutely no one holds a gun to my head and forces me to read John Sheirer’s monthly column offering in the Gazette. I do so voluntarily. I own that it is a kind of masochistic hobby of mine. This writer, an ostensible spokesman …

Judy Markland: Whately needs to know real costs of buying library system building

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Sometimes when something looks too good to be true, it is. The idea that Whately can get “move-in ready” town offices at the Western Massachusetts Regional Library Building for a $65 a year increase on the typical tax bill is one such. The building is …

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 …

Teresa Lee Dowd Hurlburt, 10: Young student loves environment, urges government to nix pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, my …

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Architect excited to see Lin’s designs for Smith library

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am both pleased and excited that Maya Lin and the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to design the Smith College Neilson Library. These are both first-class firms with an amazing portfolio of world-class architectural and site design projects. Needless to say, …

Nick Seamon: One Amherst business owner’s economic development checklist

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: In a recent Gazette article about the purpose of the new economic development coordinator’s job in Amherst, there was no mention of the downtown. The locally owned businesses that are working hard every day, supporting hundreds of jobs, were not mentioned. All that was written …

Regis Murphy: Former Dolphin says swim team is much more than records

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the editor: After reading the article regarding the review of the aquatics programs at the Hampshire Regional YMCA, I found the prospect of dissolving the swim team concerning. At 6, I joined the Hampshire Regional YMCA team. I instantly felt a part of a great community. Swimming …