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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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Genevieve Fraser: GOP senators letter to Iran likely an act of treason

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act, a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. The Logan Act …

Julianne Yanko: A shout out to workers who keep us safe in tough winters

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: Transportation and snow removal have been particularly taxing this winter and we are so grateful for all of the town and private employees who have kept the roads safe, the mail coming and the trash going. Thanks to all of those people who’ve worked even …

Renee Wetstein: A2Z’s new owners will continue tradition created by the Finns

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: I am so thrilled that A2Z Science and Learning Store on King Street in Northampton will continue to flourish with a planned succession to energetic, smart owners like Andre and Devon Boulay. Jack and Priscilla Finn are truly too good to be true. They are …

Milton Hanzel: Gazette’s auto column should include gas mileage information

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: I notice that with the recent drop in gas prices, the auto of the week column in the Gazette offers gas mileage information less often. I suggest that the paper consider requiring this information for any profile of an auto in this space. I know …

Mitchell Sieser: AP report on Boris Nemtsov murder biased against Putin

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: The March 4 Associated Press report on the assassination of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov employs a series of biased interview quotes and historical distortions that serves to demonize Vladimir Putin as his martyred political enemy is raised to the status of political sainthood. The article …

Trish Farrington: Amherst League of Women Voters will host candidates night

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To the editor: Amherst town elections are March 31. As usual the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidates Night for the community to get acquainted with the candidates, to hear their ideas and to get our questions answered. What’s not so usual, however, is the league …

Barbara Burkart: Why Amherst voters should elect Vira Douangmany Cage

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: I’m writing to invite Amherst voters to join me March 31 in voting for Vira Douangmany Cage for Amherst School Committee. Vira is a passionate advocate for social justice and for ensuring there are opportunities for all children to learn and grow. Her commitment to …

Paul Cherulnik: Standardized testing is an important tool for educators

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: As someone who retired after a career of over 30 years in education, I don’t know what to make of the continuing debate over standardized testing in the public schools. Slogans like “more learning, less testing” and “learning facts is not education” baffle me. For …

Howard Gold: Will the city fine itself for not clearing snow off its sidewalks?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: A few days ago, on a cold and clear day, I was jogging along North Street in Northampton, grateful for the many homeowners who had left their sidewalks clear and dry. The one exception was the long stretch of sidewalk adjacent to the Bridge Street …

Joel Wool: Time to force utilities to embrace clean, diverse energy sources

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: A March 10 column by Eversource Energy indicated the company was not at fault for recent electric price spikes. This is correct, and accurately depicts the division between generation and distribution of energy in Massachusetts. However, ratepayers should note that Eversource, as well as its …