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Patricia and Stanley Libucha: Belchertown taxpayers should review property bills carefully

Friday, August 28, 2015

To the editor: If you own a home or vacant property in Belchertown, do not take for granted that your tax bill and the calculation of the acreage and square footage for your property is accurate. According to the director of assessments, and I quote, “As of 1-1-12 our assessors maps were updated using the MassGIS mapping system developed by the Commonwealth. This program utilizes aerial orthoimagery, which is significantly …

J.M. Sorrell: Gazette wrong to come to Chris Duval’s defense on free speech grounds

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: It’s one thing to hear from Chris Duval (infamous now for guns and Confederate flag defenses) and to print his comments. It seems ridiculous, however, for a well-regarded newspaper to come to his defense regarding the Cummington Fair. If he had painted on his building “Die Faggot” or “Filthy Jews,” I suspect you would not have a problem with his …

Tenzin Tsedon: See Confederate ‘battle flag’ for what it is: a racist symbol

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Lot of people who support the Confederate flag always seem to compare it to the rainbow flag or a flag of another country, saying all of them represent pride and Americans have the right to fly them regardless of others’ disapprovals. If one truly wants to compare the rebel banner to another flag, why not do it with the flag …

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Adam Fisher: Nature is free, so why charge for use of it at Musante Beach?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Reading a letter-writer’s plea (“Do not erect financial barriers at Puffer’s Pond”), I was delighted by her appreciation of a gathering place offered to one and all. But, as a Northampton resident, it made me think how nice it might be if my city’s Musante …

Georgina Moroney: Donald Trump, thy name is ‘trumper’

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: When the noise dies, Donald Trump will discover that his only contribution to the American political scene will be a new word coined for personal abject greed, insatiable ego, prejudice, bigotry, self-aggrandizement, xenophobic pronouncements, as shallow as his message. Webster has an apt and description …

John Howard: Don’t overlook low-cost heat saving techniques for your home

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: Your article in the Aug. 12 Home magazine, “Home efficiency upgrades fall short,” concerned only high-cost upgrades. There are many low cost ones that will pay off, especially when children help out. They can see that you are doing something about climate change. A free …

Suzanne Farrington: Dismayed by news of Northampton Housing Authority firings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: I read with great concern the news that David Adamson and Lynn Smith at the Northampton Housing Authority were being fired. I’m sure Cara Clifford, the new executive director, has her reasons, but I have been impressed with both Adamson’s and Smith’s professionalism and abilities. …

Anne Perkins: Berkshire Gas’s moratorium on natural gas is bogus

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: I am pleased to see that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has asked Berkshire Gas to lift its moratorium and that the Gazette has editorialized in support of an independent review. Given my experience with the company, I believe the moratorium is nothing but a tactic …

David Katz: Housing authority’s treatment of workers ‘terribly unfair’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority’s termination of five employees with seemingly little to no notice, as told in several Gazette stories in recent days, is terribly unfair. Several were longtime employees, one having worked for the agency for more than 30 years. According to the new …

Robert Neill: Speed bumps are not solution to Amherst’s traffic problems

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: Got a real or imagined traffic problem in Amherst? Circle or lights can’t solve it? Throw speed bumps at it. Speed bumps, the all-purpose substitute for thinking. If you want to stop drivers from using residential streets as bypasses to Route 9, give them a …

Glenn Meakim: Hadley should not force Pride to demolish buildings, trees

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To the editor: So all the old houses, restaurants and motel are coming down at a site owned by Pride Inc. at the western end of Route 9 in Hadley. All the trees are to come down. Pride’s president said the town officials demand it. If so, Hadley …

Malcolm Pradia: ‘Superhero’ Sanders is the right choice for president next year

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president. I’m excited about him and many of his ideas. In fact, plenty of people I speak with are equally excited, but I still hear “he won’t win.” To that I ask “why?” I like to remind folks that …

Barbara Sharp: Mayor made wrong call allowing cars to park in bike lane

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: The Lathrop Home on South Street in Northampton held its annual picnic lunch Aug. 12. As in years past, at least two dozen cars were parked in the bicycle lanes on both sides of South Street near the home. This constituted a danger to cyclists, …