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Mary Balfour: Let the woman raise those chickens in her yard

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: It’s true that I don’t know all the facts but it seems a shame that a Southampton resident must get rid of her chickens based on a judge’s ruling. Assuming that they are confined to her property — what’s the big problem? The Pioneer Valley is an area enthusiastic about going green and getting back to nature. The whole world should be. Frankly I’d be happy to …

Gretchen Fox: Boutilier is the right choice for Amherst Housing Authority

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: TracyLee Boutilier is an outstanding candidate running for a seat on the Amherst Housing Authority Board in the town election March 31. The board provides housing for low- and moderate-income residents using state and federal funding. Although the town has made some small headway in providing affordable housing units, we have not managed to keep up with either the demand …

Joseph Tarantino: Liberals can blame themselves for high electricity rates

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: In January 2008 Barack Obama reportedly told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, “Under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” For those who wanted Obama to be president and who are now complaining about our electricity rates, I offer a few words of advice. When somebody offers to fundamentally change our country — for the better, …

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Roger Herman: UMass should rethink policy banning Iranians from courses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I was stunned to read the article in Monday’s Gazette about a ban on Iranian students from specific courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If our universities cannot exhibit some degree of fairness towards the people who study there or want to study there, …

Eleanor Wakin: ‘Being Mortal’ segment raises questions about end of life

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: On Feb. 10, public television aired a Frontline segment, “Being Mortal,” based on the experiences of a Boston surgeon and author, Atul Gawande, as expressed in his book of the same title. The program explored ways in which health care providers practice their professions when …

Kit Sang Boos: Wishes Northampton would be more considerate of pedestrians

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: Let me add my voice to the current discontent with Northampton Department of Public Works plows dumping snow on shoveled sidewalks. This is my annual plight despite years of fruitless complaints. Once I was out shoveling, doing my civic duty, in a bright red parka …

Lawrence Tucker: Of bicycles and snowmobiles: A time for sharing?

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: I love to ride a bicycle and I love to ride on rail trails. Western Massachusetts has both the Norwottuck Rail Trail and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in the Berkshires as prime examples of great rail trail paths. I have ridden both of these trails …

Vivienne Carey, Roger Webb: Pleased by response of Amherst officials to concerns

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: Many local residents are very concerned at the number of road accidents that occur in the central, winding section of Potwine Lane in Amherst. In response to a petition that we delivered to Town Manager John Musante, he arranged for a small group of us …

A. E. Harazin: Appalled by McGovern’s Middle East comments

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: I am embarrassed to be represented by U.S. Rep. James McGovern. The president has bent over backwards to ask Congress to “share ownership” of the war against ISIS by passing a supportive resolution. My congressman, however, frets that the president’s proposal is “far too open-ended” …

Thomas F. Plaut: Measles, measles vaccine and death

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: A total of 503,000 cases of measles were reported during a single year (1962) of my pediatric residency. There were more than 400 deaths. I treated hundreds of patients in New York City and witnessed two deaths, one from pneumonia and the other from encephalitis. …

Adam J. Kolek: Just who wins with use of state, CPA monies?

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: Easthampton City Councilor Daniel Hagan has been quoted as saying that “everybody wins” in a city project of renovations to privately owned local mill properties. Perhaps he should have been more specific. The project uses $7.55 million of state grants and CPA funds, all taxpayer …

Gretchen Armacost: A plea for tolerance on issues of science

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: How do we decide what we should believe? In a fascinating article, “Billions and Billions of Demons,” published in the New York Times Book Review, Jan. 9, 1997, evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin wrote, “when scientists transgress the bounds of their own specialty they have no …

Jody Nishman: No easy answers to issue of police shootings

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: Regarding letters about police brutality: As with many important issues, there seems to be a lot of polarization. Accusations of hostility and bias abound on both sides. Policing is an extremely difficult job, especially in today’s society. There are many police doing their jobs bravely, …