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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 Kinder Morgan Pipeline. For more information please …

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 …

James Perkins: Suspicious of latest utility rate hike

Thursday, October 2, 2014

To the editor: Is it coincidental that, as a public campaign to stop the Kinder-Morgan fracked gas pipeline catches fire, the utility companies announce plans for a 37 percent rate increase? I’ll wager they might be counting on such a huge increase to drive a wedge between environmental activists and their hard-pressed customers, taking the pressure off them to respond to the needs …

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

Amy Wasserman: Expresses gratitude for Dignity Project series

Thursday, October 2, 2014

To the editor: I am so grateful to the Gazette for getting the community to start “end of life” discussions by first publishing the guest column by Laurie Loisel followed by the guest column by Ann Latham and then the Dignity Project. The start of all these columns …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …