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Joanne Kovalski: Easthampton roads need attention right now

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: I don’t understand why Easthampton has not repaired the main roads in the city — Cottage, Union and Main streets. I have traveled from Easthampton to the Berkshires and Connecticut. Their main roads have been repaired where needed. Even North Adams, Cummington and Goshen have smooth roads. There is construction all around Easthampton to improve roads. What’s wrong with this city? You want a fun ride? Take …

Mindy Domb: Diapers one element of Amherst Survival Center’s assistance

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: In response to the Gazette’s recent article on programs that feed people who experience homelessness in Amherst, I want to remind readers that the Amherst Survival Center provides baby diapers to families, winter gear to individuals and funding assistance for medication. This past spring, the first Amherst Area Diaper Drive successfully collected over 34,000 diapers. And we are excited to …

William Sillin: Publication of cartoon demonized legitimate Republican perspective on public policy

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editors: The Aug. 24 Gazette published a cartoon that reached a new low. It equated Republicans — and that would include me and some of my closest friends and neighbors — with slavers, murderers and ISIS. The unmistakable intent of the cartoon was to make people feel righteous and secure in their hatred of Republicans. It would also signal those who …

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Ellenor Rennell: End of Forbes Library’s outreach program a loss to home-bound elders

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: What a shock I had when the “Book Man,” Frank Heston, told me the very sad news that the Forbes Library outreach book program would end this September. What are those of us who depend on the Book Man to do? He has been bringing …

Denise Buckingham: Employees at CSO are seeking fair compensation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: During my time as an employee at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) and as a member of the contract bargaining team, I have been struck by the experiences of my colleagues, many of whom are unable to afford to take time away from work or …

Ava Gip: Where is Sen. Warren on fracked gas pipeline issue for WMass?

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been missing in action on the North East Direct pipeline issue for a whole year. I believe the last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I …

James Borghesani: Teen use of marijuana not rising in Colorado

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: An Aug. 19 letter in the Gazette regarding a possible 2016 marijuana-related Massachusetts ballot initiative contained factual errors. In Colorado, which ended marijuana prohibition in 2012, teen use has not increased. In fact, data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (a bi-annual study by the …

Dick Bentley: Amherst parking study has merit, even if judge doesn’t think so

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Judge Richard Carey, handling a recent lawsuit, threw out of his courtroom a traffic study done by Rolf Karlstrom in a “friend of the court” brief. The judge’s stated reason for ignoring the study was that Karlstrom is a biology professor who “does not possess …

Elaine Puleo: Solar developer, Shutesbury engaged in ‘civil discussion’

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I take offense with the language used in an Aug. 20 article on the Shutesbury solar farm. The Chicago developer is not “plowing ahead” even though the town is considering imposing a temporary moratorium. The process is proceeding in the appropriate thoughtful manner through the …

Jennifer Faulkner: Belchertown planners should reject cell tower application

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: According to Belchertown bylaws, wireless carriers must add antennas to existing towers to meet coverage needs before new towers are planned. Verizon believes in co-location when leasing its structures to other carriers as a source of income. Therefore, it should be amendable to co-locating equipment …

Kenneth Dym: Along with planting trees, Northampton should preserve existing ones

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Northampton’s Department of Public Works recently announced that it will launch an ambitious tree-planting initiative this fall. Its stated goal is to reverse a trend that has seen more trees removed than replaced. How ironic that this initiative is to occur at exactly the same …

Julie Zuckman: Misuse of scooters puts children, others at risk in Northampton

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am writing regarding the increasing number of small children slalom-scootering their way up and down city streets, particularly in the downtown business districts of the city and in Florence. Often yards ahead of or behind their adult, these children are at risk at each …

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 …