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Nancy Kinney: Irked at Kinder Morgan’s actions, urges Gazette to keep story alive

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: Please keep Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline story front and center. A huge Texas company is threatening to impact homeowners in western Massachusetts. What gives a private company the right to take our land using “eminent domain”? Our government does because the fossil fuel giants own the government. If you think a pipeline will lower your utility bills, you need to do your homework. That was propaganda …

Sid Moss: Postal Service offers a reliable bargain for mail delivery

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: The writer of a Feb. 27 guest column criticized the U.S. Postal Service because it took five days for a book mailed from Florence to be delivered to his home in nearby Greenfield. I can see that he might have been annoyed at the wait but he obviously has no idea what goes into our complex delivery system which has …

Gene Reilly: CPA panel should reject condo request for money to fix staircase

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: A Gazette article published March 19 discussed an application submitted by the Coolidge Park Condominiums requesting Community Preservation Act funds to help repair their granite steps. It is my opinion that the Community Preservation Committee should decline to support this application. The article noted CPA funds have previously been used to repair other private structures. That comparison is inept in …

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Margie Riddle: Dog show success again fuels school volunteer group in Northampton

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to the participation of many volunteers and community businesses, the 10th anniversary Volunteers in Northampton Schools Dog Show this month was a huge success. Members of the Board of Directors of VINS, which sponsors and manages the show, are so grateful for all that …

Emmett Barcalow: Will Gov. Baker make action against climate change a priority?

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: News reports call Tropical Cyclone Pam one of the strongest storms ever seen in the Pacific. It devastated Vanuatu. Climate scientists have warned that hurricanes and tropical storms will become more energetic as the oceans heat up. Evidence is also accumulating that the extremes in …

John Montanari: Beware of activist Bill McKibben and his ‘alarmist ilk’

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: So, the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian has received the latest revelation from noted climate demagogue Bill McKibben (Gazette column, March 14), and has come down from the mountain to share The Word. Hallelujah. Meanwhile, the global climate, which has no doubt been affected to some hard-to-know …

Walter Krzeminski: Is it time to adjust baseball’s tools of trade?

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: Because of dwindling offensive production in Major League Baseball, interest and paying customers — and potential interest of future paying customers — is waning. The MLB is searching for ways to rekindle offensive attacks and fan interest. The Professional Golf Association modernized its clubs and …

John Boothroyd: Amherst has done its share to provide affordable housing

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: Katherine Appy’s concerns about a lack of candidates for seats on the Amherst School Committee, expressed in a March 2 guest column, should run much deeper. We try to accommodate public opinion at the expense of common sense. Character assassinations are used all too often …

Donna and Peter Kenny: DPW, city employees did a great job clearing snow this winter

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: We agree wholeheartedly with a Southampton writer’s insightful response of March 12 to Jay Fleitman’s recent column about snow plowing. It is regrettable that Fleitman’s column possibly implies that his neighbors are unhappy with the snowplowing by the Department of Public Works. As two of …

Toni Hochstadt: Pleased Recreation Department is moving to Senior Center

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: I wish to thank the Northampton City Council and Mayor David J. Narkewicz for deciding to add the Northampton Parks and Recreation Department to the building which also houses the Senior Center at the corners of Conz and Smith streets in Ward 3 near downtown. …

George Ryan: President right not to recognize religious motivation of ISIS

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: I wish to respond to Peter Vickery’s March 11 column, “Calling out terrorism for what it is.” Vickery faults President Obama for failing to acknowledge the religious motivation of ISIS — a motivation he characterizes as an “honest one.” He also faults him for not …

Catherine Etheridge: Expelling students for what they say is not the right lesson

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: University of Oklahoma President David Boren said, “I hope that students involved in this incident will learn from this experience and realize that it is wrong to use words to hurt, threaten, and exclude other people.” I’m wondering, then, why did he himself use words …

Newton D. Bowdan: Israel should focus on more than spiritual aims in its defense

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: A March 10 letter writer in the Gazette was correct in saying that the United States does not have a state religion because one does not work for us. She then goes on erroneously to portray Israel as a religious state wanting to dispense with …