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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

Joe Jewett: Climate warriors must take to the barricades

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: It was good to see the attention that you paid in your editorial on Tuesday to the huge march in Manhattan Sunday. There was a lot of great energy and impetus. Unfortunately, as one can easily see from Tuesday’s story from the United Nations’ event …

Ted Steger: Documenting casino’s broken promises

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: I was struck in reading your recent editorial, “Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts,” that there is a simple way to determine which side of the casino issue is more capable of sticking to the facts: look at the track record of the promises …

Alan Scheimann: Wants the courts to rule against Northampton BID

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: The BID proponents represent a minority of downtown Northampton property owners, less than 40 percent. The overwhelming majority of property owners (over 60 percent) chose to reject BID membership. Yet this diehard minority continues to …

Jim Mias: Whatever happened to idea of neighborhood schools?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: This morning the neighborhood kids walked and bicycled to our local public school. It’s a good school, tries real hard and has a long tradition of community and solid education just as most public schools do. Later on, passing by the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public …

Joe Bodin: Enforce all the laws governing our roads

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to the letter-writer who commented on illegal bike riding, especially her mention of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 85, Section 11B. That law also makes riding bicycles on sidewalks and on the wrong (left) side of the road illegal. If someone were to do that …

Dave King: The canary in the coal mine?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: As reported in last week’s Gazette, after over a decade of warnings by the conservation community we have nearly done it: driven the monarch butterfly to extinction. The Xerces Society, a nonprofit, non-partisan science-based conservation organization, reports there has been a 90 percent decline in …

Christina Petersen: Applause for trails’ dog walker picking up waste

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: Yesterday I saw a dog walker on the state hospital trails take out a plastic bag and pick up their dog’s poop. Thank you, thank you. I wish that all dog walkers did this. Don’t you? Pushing the poop off the trail does not count. …

Susan Sachs: Bring back awning for Thornes Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: The new awning on Thornes Market is a puny, stingy thing. The old awning, which offered protection from the wind, sun and rain, needs to be brought back. I wonder about the reasons for the generous awning’s replacement. Was it to discourage street musicians or …

Eva Cashdan: Please return her “Vote, It Counts” sign

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: Since a major mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage people to vote, I put out my League “Vote, It Counts” sign on Stony Hill Road in Amherst on Sept. 9, primary election day. When I went to retrieve the sign after …

Jack Tulloss: Name That Terrorist competition now open

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: Listen up and pay attention. Who’s ready for a challenge? One can hardly turn on television news or pick up a newspaper without reading that the do-nothing idlers in Washington who are entrusted with the nation’s security are about ready to get into bed with …