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Nancy Kinney: Irked at Kinder Morgan’s actions, urges Gazette to keep story alive

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: Please keep Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline story front and center. A huge Texas company is threatening to impact homeowners in western Massachusetts. What gives a private company the right to take our land using “eminent domain”? Our government does because the fossil fuel giants own the government. If you think a pipeline will lower your utility bills, you need to do your homework. That was propaganda …

Sid Moss: Postal Service offers a reliable bargain for mail delivery

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: The writer of a Feb. 27 guest column criticized the U.S. Postal Service because it took five days for a book mailed from Florence to be delivered to his home in nearby Greenfield. I can see that he might have been annoyed at the wait but he obviously has no idea what goes into our complex delivery system which has …

Gene Reilly: CPA panel should reject condo request for money to fix staircase

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: A Gazette article published March 19 discussed an application submitted by the Coolidge Park Condominiums requesting Community Preservation Act funds to help repair their granite steps. It is my opinion that the Community Preservation Committee should decline to support this application. The article noted CPA funds have previously been used to repair other private structures. That comparison is inept in …

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Peter A. Jones: Transparency lacking in decision to move Recreation Department

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: It was surprising and disappointing to learn from the Gazette that the Northampton Council on Aging is shortly to be evicted from its social room in the Senior Center. The space is being taken over by the Parks and Recreation Department, which is itself being …

Ann M. Hennessey: Proud to live in community that values arts for education

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: My family and I went to a wonderful performance of “Godspell” at Northampton High School earlier this month. Directors Cate Damon and Beau Flahive and the roughly 60 NHS students — actors, musicians and behind-the-scenes “ninjas” — put on a remarkable and professional performance. Congratulations …

George Danziger: CPA panel should dismiss Coolidge Park condos request

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: It is shocking that the Community Preservation Committee would entertain the idea that public funds be used to repair Coolidge Park Condominium’s private property. The comparison to prior Community Preservation Act funding for First Churches and Historic Northampton repairs is bogus. The First Churches is …

Cara Henderson: Dissatisfied with Northampton enough to say ‘you’re fired’

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To the editor: This is a journal entry I wrote a number of months ago, “Northampton, you’re fired.” When I was young I enjoyed skipping around town, hanging out, getting food, window shopping, as well as being a patron over the years. There have always been buskers, disabled, …

Donald W. Torrey: Families of ‘dreamers’ broke the law by coming to U.S.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To the editor: I’d like to respond to the Gazette’s March 10 editorial about “dreamers.” First, their parents broke our laws by coming here illegally. The editorial failed to mention that everything the family and their children did was against the current law. In fact the writer praises …

Jeff Lamoureux: UMass basketball needs to shake up its entire coaching staff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To the editor: UMass basketball needs to retool its coaching staff. If it means starting with the head coach, so be it. No team should go backwards as bad as the team has in the second half of the last two seasons. I always thought you were supposed …

Jean Fay: School children can’t be placed into bar graphs and pie charts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter writer questioned the continuing debate over standardized testing in public schools. I don’t disagree that some form of assessment is necessary. I speak as someone with 17 years of experience in an elementary school setting, with 14 of those years in a …

John Kapitzky: Northampton should explore additional Internet choices

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: I read a recent Gazette article about the progress in bringing fast Internet access to the Hilltowns with interest, as well as references to Amherst’s effort to bring free Wi-Fi to its downtown. We in Northampton do not have widespread free Wi-Fi access in the …

Diane Berg: Foster children need more court-appointed advocates

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: I read the news daily, and when I read articles about children who’ve been abused by their parents, I do so with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. If these children’s parents are unable to take care of them, and if public agencies charged with protecting …

Jim Spencer: Rec. Department will occupy valuable space at Senior Center

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: This letter is about Northampton’s decision to move the Recreation Department to the Northampton Senior Center. I am a volunteer at the Senior Center and on the advisory board. I run three workshops and co-facilitate a fourth there. I am a frequent participant in the …