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Robert L. Dickerman: Let’s see more leadership on pipeline from Sen. Stanley Rosenberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — You have to hand it to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. He’s managed to cultivate a positive image for himself, despite his apparently selling out of constituents on the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. His recent call for a local DPU hearing on the Berkshire Gas agreement, albeit commendable, serves to promulgate the illusion that he is taking strong action on behalf of his constituents. He is not. What he should …

Dr. Newton Bowdan: Science of biology means people are either male or female

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: A woman may believe she is a man in a woman’s body, or a man may believe he is a woman in a man’s body, but with very rare exceptions (XXY, XYY, or XO) he or she is either XY (male) or XX (female). Whatever one may believe, and for whatever reasons, one is either one or the other. The …

Putnam Goodwin-Boyd: Family hopes future generations can share love of baseball

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To the editor: One of the greatest gifts my two sons gave me was a willingness to share in my love of baseball. Well before they were able to participate in organized leagues they let me play catch with them and throw them batting practice. They still let me play with them occasionally, but now they are the ones holding back so no …

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Ed Stockman: Glyphosate found in many foods we eat remains a concern

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In late March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the research arm of the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and many other herbicidal products, a “probable carcinogen.” Ironically, in 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency quietly raised the …

Andy Morris-Friedman: Adventures in nature, science at N. Hadley Pond Day Saturday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: The Friends of Lake Warner and the Mill River are excited to invite people to the first North Hadley Pond Day on Saturday, May 16. The event will include a free afternoon of nature, science, adventure and fun for the whole family. It runs from …

Margaret Walden: Smith scholars conclude that being a woman is a state of mind

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: So, the Smith scholars have consulted, considered and cogitated — and concluded that being a woman is really a state of mind. Margaret Walden Southampton …

Marisa Labozzetta: St. Mary’s church is protected as part of historic district

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In an article in the Gazette May 7 citing the Vatican’s decision to close St. Mary’s Church in Northampton, Monsignor John Bonzagni is quoted as saying the church could possibly be “torn down,” instilling fear in St. Mary’s advocates that a “CVS or a Wal-Mart” …

Richard S. (Dick) Stein Goessmann: When it comes to plastic bags, combine ease with economics

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: There has been discussion about efforts to ban plastic bags. I agree that the commonly used thin bags usually distributed free by markets present a problem for proper disposal. While, in principle, they can be recycled, the cost of doing so probably does not justify …

Susan Boucher: Seniors have a right to weigh in on the use of center

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: This is in response to a recent letter writer in the Gazette regarding the “protest” and meeting with the mayor at the Northampton Senior Center. “Seniors behaving badly” — I think not. How about seniors concerned enough about their facility to give input and seek …

Ralph Kaplan: Let’s hope changes at Faces sign of good things to come

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: The exciting news that Faces has been sold and will remain at its location follows some more challenging developments for downtown Northampton and its commercial center. Previously, the court declared the Business Improvement District illegal and ordered its closure, Iris Photo closed and its space …

Kit Sang Boos: Seniors ‘testy’ and ‘territorial,’ could learn from children

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: Someone — a senior presumably — was quoted in a recent Gazette article saying something to the effect that seniors and children are not good together at the Senior Center. And this is only because children might be accompanying their parents to sign up for …

Beverly A. Rhodes: Heart aches along with owners of dog hit by speeding car

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: Many tears were shed while reading the May 5 letter about the dog needlessly killed by a speeding car in Hadley. I mourned for the innocent puppy run over by a cruel and oblivious driver. I mourned for the puppy’s grieving owners. But most of …

Rich Szlosek: A proposed site for Northampton’s Parks and Recreation Department: in new floor at DPW headquarters

Monday, May 11, 2015

To the editor: The controversy over the placement of the Parks & Recreation Department office at the Northampton Senior Center has apparently been placed on the political back burner, where it will quietly continue to simmer for the next few months. I would like to suggest an idea …