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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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Rick Olson: Stop obstructing and build pipeline

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: No nukes! No coal! No biomass! No wind farms! No solar! Now that natural gas is the cleanest large scale source of energy, we now have No pipeline! We’ve even had objections to siting a solar array on an abandoned landfill. With nuclear and coal …

Cathi Hanauer: NHS start time stalemate a failure of leadership

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: Re: Mark Warner’s Guest Column “Board got coverage issue right.” In his Jan. 13 guest column about whether City Council members should receive health insurance for doing this part-time job, Mark Warner argues that one way to attract “more and diverse people” to serve on …

Jim Reis: Urges support for Community Preservation Act funding

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: As someone who has worked in the affordable housing and human services field for many years, I urge the City Council to support Valley CDC’s request for Community Preservation Act funding. These housing units are critically needed. Family and individual shelter slots in western Massachusetts …

H.R. Hartzler: President should make clear the threat of jihadism

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: I just heard the president of the United States. He would have us believe that he does not know who the terrorists in France are, or more precisely, what their affiliations are. Imposing that ignorance on the rest of us is a strategy for preventing …

C.L. Dick: ‘The Interview’ shows one US freedom at work

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: Regarding films like “The Interview” and North Korea: The First Amendment references to freedom of speech and of the press are intended to protect our people from a tyrannical government. The entertainment industry hides behind it in order to make money off outrageously sensational sex …

Becky Shannon: Waking up to our wasteful use of energy

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: Our planet is dying; climate calamity is our future. Yet our leaders fail to respond, instead doubling down on drilling and pipelines. Others believe that renewables can save the day — if we simply flip the switch in a different direction we can reduce CO2 …

Dorothea Munro: Wants Northampton to do the right thing for Stu Miller

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: It was nice to see the Gazette devote so much of the paper Jan. 6 to Stu Miller, my late brother-in-law. Stu was always proud of his hometown, Northampton, his family and his baseball career. It will be interesting to see what the Northampton Recreation …

Mark Gelotte: Damon Road signals test driver’s patience

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: I was prompted to write after reading the Jan. 10 Gazette article, “High-speed rail, low-speed road” about traffic delays. Weeks ago, when I saw the new lights being installed on Damon Road in Northampton, I groaned in anticipation, (as I’m sure many others did) knowing …

Emily Starkweather: Appreciation for Amherst police officers’ ‘respect for black life’

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: I have respect for the work that police officers do. But police, all police, need to stop defending themselves and admit that their fellow officers across the country have gotten away with murder. That’s the way the system has been set up and it’s time …

Alex Kent: Let’s have thicker skins about editorial cartoons

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: A letter-writer wonders (Jan. 10-11 Gazette), “Is it possible for this liberal newspaper to print an occasional editorial cartoon that doesn’t demonize America or our police officers.” My question in response: Are America and its police officers’ feelings so weak, so fragile and so easily …