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Nanny Vonnegut, Laurie Foley, Scott Prior: Scourge of heroin epidemic is upon us

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: As concerned parents, our hearts soared at the recent headline news: Hampshire gets $550,000 to combat toll of addiction. Finally, opiate addiction is no longer a closeted issue and much needed help is on the way. Our hearts sank on further reading that the grant recipients would prioritize further assessments, data collection, and broad development of strategies above timely action. There would be no public health emergency …

Joe Jewett: Time to take legal action against naysayers

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps it is time to consider legal action against the deniers and naysayers on the issue of our deteriorating planet. By these I mean such as the Koch brothers, Sens. Inhofe and McConnell and Speaker Boehner. There are others of course who are heavily invested in making sure that a critical mass of the American public remains “confused” about the …

Charles Schmid: Time to clamp down on unruly drivers

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: I work in Northampton and drive through the city and have noticed something: you could be run down. While driving home one day I noticed some people would not cross when cars stop, as if afraid they would be run over. This is a major issue along with traffic. On State Street alone, I saw drivers just zoom through. People …

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Paul DiLeo: Pipeline not the way to go on energy front

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: The writer of the Jan. 20 letter in support of the natural gas pipeline proposed to pass through western Massachusetts seems unaware that renewable technologies are being installed at a rapid and increasing rate: globally, nationally and locally. Concerns over siting of large solar arrays …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Another way to lobby on climate change issue

Thursday, January 22, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for publishing Dr. Marty Nathan’s guest column (Jan. 16, “Must needed change be palatable?”) which rues the fact that some people think a “program for change to prevent climate disaster needs to be inexpensive and palatable enough to be acceptable.” In the best …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: Missing voices at King events in Northampton: those of African-American men

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — I attended the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King celebration in Northampton this past Monday. The music composed and sung by Marcia Gomez was beautiful and moving. The panelists were all passionately committed to change. But there were voices I missed. Several times statistics were cited for …

Jim Durfer: The unknown struggles of the ‘thin blue line’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: All of this ruckus about police brutality and white privilege in Northampton made me recall an intimate discussion I had with a dear friend who was one of four cops in a family dedicated to service. It was the type of discussion men have maybe …

Grant Milner: Thanks to a true dog-lover

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: On Dec. 26, my friend and companion, a 14-year-old fox terrier, escaped from her boarding home on Ryan Road in Florence. I am writing to thank Gary, a Good Samaritan, for rescuing Kelsey and transporting her to safety at the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Hadley. …

James Lowenthal: Not all LED lights are created equal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to Rudy Perkins for his article (“In the glow of a lighting innovation from Denmark,” Jan. 7) calling for energy-efficient LED street lighting, especially when they’re actively controlled to turn off when no one is there, as is being done in “smart cities” projects …

Montserrat Archbald: How do I hate Keystone XL? Let me count the ways

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: Building the Keystone XL Pipeline is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the State Department, the pipeline would increase climate pollution by 27.4 …

Paul M. Craig: What minimum wage changes can accomplish

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: Do minimum wage laws reveal a structural fault in American capitalism? What fault are minimum wage laws meant to correct? How do we determine what an appropriate minimum wage should be? How many burgers must be sold at the drive-through window to make that job …

Robin MacRostie: It’s vital that we save ‘meandering jewel’ that is Lake Warner in Hadley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: I write in support of restoring the $125,000 to fix the Lake Warner dam at North Hadley Pond. I wouldn’t have known that the earmark was vetoed if I hadn’t run into some Friends of Lake Warner at Whole Foods the other day. You may …

Susan Maguire: Urges more nuanced thought about police

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: As a resident of Northampton and Ward 7, I am concerned with the very broad brush with which City Councilor Alisa Klein spoke about police and the criminal justice system. In no way can I argue that racism does not exist in the hearts of …