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Bob Gould: City should help bicyclists, drivers learn road rules

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: As a trained aircraft accident investigator and an instructor of human performance, I observe very closely the behavior of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Drivers in Massachusetts are some of the worst in the nation — too much speeding, tailgating, and a lack of signalling. But bicyclists are too. I too have observed numerous conflicts between these three modes of transportation, but it appears bicyclists “want their cake …

Maureen McGrath: Hadley officials should do more for Golden Court tenants

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: I was about to inquire at the Hadley office of the Golden Court, a housing complex for the elderly, if there might be any word about when they would check out my broken vintage oven, the dripping faucet, which I am growing accustomed to, or the drain in my bathroom vanity, which has no stopper and smells of sewer. But …

Susan Sachs: Dismayed Williston school for treatment of beautiful hills

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: The Williston Northampton School has just destroyed a small spot of lively beauty. The school’s outdoor track on Taft Street in Easthampton is ringed on two sides by grassy hills, which slope down to a border of rocks surrounding the track. The hills, especially the very steep one, were covered with wildflowers — chicory, daisies, yarrow and milkweed, to name …

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Alan Peterfreund: Better timing of Route 9 traffic lights would aid vehicle flow

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: The regularity of significant traffic delays associated with the intersection of Route 9, I-91 and Damon Road in Northampton could be addressed by having the traffic light better respond to the predictable time of day traffic patterns. In the morning, traffic is heading towards Amherst. …

John P. Spineti: Let’s trim trees and end tunnel vision on I-91

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I frequently travel I-91 between Springfield and Northampton. The brush and trees along the highway have grown to such a height and thickness that the view from the highway is obscured. This not only prevents viewing the beautiful countryside but also has covered roadside signs, …

Bruce Barry: Nothing sinister about CD case cleaning tools

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: Whatever becomes the resolution on the radio station WMUA situation with former host Max Shea, please don’t let it impinge on Shea’s reputation that he kept a kit of razors and lighter fluid. Those of us who collect music like to remove sales stickers from …

Hollie Kalkstein: A CSO employee’s point of view on contract dispute

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: Last Thursday morning, as I got ready to participate on the picket line, I heard NEPR coverage of the work stoppage at Clinical & Support Options (CSO). I was struck by CEO Karin Jeffers’ reasonableness, caring and her statement of valuing the work we do. …

Ginny Curtis: Gazette made right call to report on Confederate flag display

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Gazette editors were recently chastised by a Sunderland reader (“Too much attention to Williamsburg flag display”) for “putting those people in the spotlight,” forgetting “to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown” and requested that they exercise “better judgement in …

Edward Golding: Cost-effectiveness vital in tackling supposed risks

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: The recent article about the tight restrictions on the use of fryolators at the Taste of Amherst struck a chord. Again and again in recent years, it has seemed to me that Massachusetts has struggled to find a good balance between safety and risk, and …

Noreen Beebe: Student’s death highlights risk of side effects in birth control pills

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young women or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is. Many people view birth control pills as safe and effective, never thinking about possible side effects. If you know a young woman or …

Ruth Wade: Gift helps Whole Children expand valuable program

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Our thanks go out to Delcie Bean and the big-hearted folks at Paragus Strategic IT in Hadley who recently donated seven laptop computers to Whole Children. The laptops are a critical piece of Whole Children’s innovative Minecraft classes, which teach important social skills to children …

Amy Finlay: What white people can do to oppose racism

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: As a woman who calls myself “white,” I do not know, firsthand, racial violence. I am lucky enough that I don’t know domestic violence firsthand either, but I do have a clear, instinctual understanding of it. I know that if a man is beating a …

Helen Scharber: What striking CSO workers stood to gain — and what they risked

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Workers at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) went on strike for three days last week after negotiations with management failed to produce much-needed improvements in pay and working conditions. In a recent interview with 22News, CEO …