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Andrew Steinberg: Why this coming weekend in Amherst will be different from the same one in 2014

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — It is almost one year since that warm Saturday, March 8, when a large-scale disturbance was in stark contrast to Amherst’s image as an idyllic New England college town. There is no need to recount the day’s events. We are all too familiar with what happened. The consequences were significant. The costs to the town were monetary and a diminution of the public’s confidence. Similarly, attention to the …

Joe Henefield: Letter blaming President Obama for high energy prices incomplete

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: A letter from a Northampton resident in the Feb. 24 Gazette criticizing President Obama and liberals for high electricity prices left out some important words in his opening quote from the president’s question-and-answer session with the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board in February of 2008. The full clause is, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily …

Leslie Nyman: Amherst Farmers’ Market should include all area farmers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: I was disturbed and saddened to read that the Amherst Farmers’ Market regularly excludes some area farmers because of fear of competition. I love the farmers market and go nearly every Saturday morning because it brings freshness and joy into my day. I’m pretty sure no one shops there because of the prices. They simply are not competitive in the …

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Katie Tolles: Pleased McGovern is questioning sending troops against ISIS

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: I am often proud to have James McGovern as my representative in Congress, as I was when he recently spoke out about his misgivings concerning sending U.S. troops against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. I was particularly impressed with his saying that, “We’ve …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Lawrence Siddall: Apartment building going up in Amherst misses the mark

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: The apartment building under construction on the corner of North Pleasant and Triangle streets in Amherst is a huge disappointment. Architecturally it is not displeasing, but it is much too large for the building site. Having such a large structure abut a park it took …

Elizabeth Albertson: Opposes use of webcam by Easthampton Police

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was dismayed to read in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that the Easthampton Police Department would be installing a webcam at the intersection of Cottage and Union streets and Payson and Williston avenues. What is to stop someone — a police officer, a municipal employee, …

Paul M. Craig: Weighing the impact of the three-fifths compromise

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: It is sometimes said, because of the so-called three-fifths compromise, that the U.S. Constitution made black people three-fifths human. While this interpretation is not strictly accurate, it does reflect deeper concerns about black people that were clearly understood when our Constitution was written. The three-fifths …

Alan Scheinman: BID opponent explains stance toward holiday lights donation

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was against the BID because I knew that membership would become mandatory. I also knew that the BID petition, and its eventual adoption, were so flawed that not to complain would invite more abuse in city government. The BID did become mandatory, and a …

Darien Gardner: Testing of vaccine safety is sorely needed

Friday, February 20, 2015

To the editor: How safe are vaccinations? When my children were growing up we were close friends with a family whose younger son became ill for several years. The parents attributed it to the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The more I talked with them about the …

Justina Gregory: Don’t call these library books “unpopular”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest Dave Eisenstadter’s article in last weekend’s Gazette reporting that the Five College Consortium plans to purchase land in Hadley to build a library annex. I write to address some of the article’s implications. It’s misleading to characterize the volumes to be …