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Stephanie Gelfan: College students should pay for ambulance, fire services

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: A simple first step to addressing the problem of Amherst town ambulance and fire services being overburdened by intoxicated students would be to directly and fully charge any student who has gotten an ambulance ride to the hospital due to excessive drinking or drugging, and then have the university withhold that student’s grades until those bills are fully paid. The students get the necessary rides and treatment. …

John Silvestro: Praises WMECO for response to downed power lines

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Close to midnight on Saturday I was quite startled when I heard a thunderous thud outside my home, followed by a loss of electric power. I ran to my window in Hadley and saw the power lines down on my street along with the utility pole that had supported the wires straddling the middle of the road. I went outside …

Roger Guzowski: Join him in voting yes on Question 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Can we finally have a real discussion about expanding the bottle bill? For over a decade, I have watched this play out in the state Legislature like some sort of bad Civil War reenactment, with each side lining up in predictable skirmish lines and volleying the same tired arguments at each other with predictable results. Now that the expansion of …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

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 …

Carol Fusia Campbell: NFL’s Goodell squandered opportunity

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: I love the game of football. That’s probably no surprise. I grew up around the sport. My father was a football coach and our family lived, breathed and ate football. But I am sickened by the Ray Rice situation. I am sickened that there is …

Kevin Collins: Not all Amherst Town Meeting members bother to vote

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: As we head into fall Town Meeting in Amherst, we face more decisions on zoning. Zoning votes are special because they require a two-thirds majority to pass. Sometimes, a majority may vote in favor of a proposed article, but it will fail because it did …

Robert Greeney: This Amherst resident favors the middle road

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: When in doubt I favor the middle road. I do not want to stop growth and development. I do not want to promote growth and development. I imagine this town collectively deciding the best way to interface with growth at UMass and manage initiatives from …

Richard S. Stein: How about charging people for using plastic bottles and bags?

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: There have been several letters concerning the bottle bill and the desirability of requiring deposits on items like water bottles as well as soft drink and other beverage ones. As a person concerned about the use of polymers to make bottles for the past 60 …