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Wendi Weinberg: Natural gas story as confusing as charges on electric bills

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Huh? Forty-two years ago I did quite well on my SATs for reading comprehension, so I don’t think this is just me. After reading a Feb. 20 article in the Gazette about National Grid and Access Northeast’s project to increase natural gas supplies, I am left with no more clarity than before I read it. The author is listed as “combined sources,” so I cannot give one …

Caleb Warren: Reader takes issue with Kakos column on Isis ‘extremists’

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Regarding Rev. Peter Kakos’ Feb. 24 guest column, “‘Terror’ more than semantics,” he solved a riddle that has perplexed me — namely, why does ISIS do what it does in the name of Islam? Apparently it is because the U.S. populace, post-9/11, was “manipulated” by our former administration — unmentioned were 99 out of 100 senators who went along with …

Leigh Dunlap: Mother angered by man’s street harassment toward daughter

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: So apparently at least one male in Northampton hasn’t seen the memo (or the YouTube videos) regarding the street harassment of women. My 14-year-old daughter was walking in town with her friend Tuesday afternoon on their way for a slice of pizza. A man some distance from them started waving to them. They didn’t recognize him so they ignored his …

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A. E. Harazin: Appalled by McGovern’s Middle East comments

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: I am embarrassed to be represented by U.S. Rep. James McGovern. The president has bent over backwards to ask Congress to “share ownership” of the war against ISIS by passing a supportive resolution. My congressman, however, frets that the president’s proposal is “far too open-ended” …

Thomas F. Plaut: Measles, measles vaccine and death

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: A total of 503,000 cases of measles were reported during a single year (1962) of my pediatric residency. There were more than 400 deaths. I treated hundreds of patients in New York City and witnessed two deaths, one from pneumonia and the other from encephalitis. …

Adam J. Kolek: Just who wins with use of state, CPA monies?

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: Easthampton City Councilor Daniel Hagan has been quoted as saying that “everybody wins” in a city project of renovations to privately owned local mill properties. Perhaps he should have been more specific. The project uses $7.55 million of state grants and CPA funds, all taxpayer …

Gretchen Armacost: A plea for tolerance on issues of science

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: How do we decide what we should believe? In a fascinating article, “Billions and Billions of Demons,” published in the New York Times Book Review, Jan. 9, 1997, evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin wrote, “when scientists transgress the bounds of their own specialty they have no …

Jody Nishman: No easy answers to issue of police shootings

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: Regarding letters about police brutality: As with many important issues, there seems to be a lot of polarization. Accusations of hostility and bias abound on both sides. Policing is an extremely difficult job, especially in today’s society. There are many police doing their jobs bravely, …

Nicholas G Reich, Krzysztof Sakrejda: Criticizes Gazette measles headline for down-playing risks

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: We were disappointed with your banner headline “Measles outbreak unlikely here, experts say” (Feb. 7). This messaging works against the public health outreach that many front-line health care workers communicate every day to patients to protect our communities from disease outbreaks. Although Massachusetts overall has …

David Arrighi: Damon Road has turned into traffic nightmare

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

To the editor: I am done, finished and I quit traveling Damon Road. Recently, I have tried to navigate from Hadley to Southampton via Damon Road. I have tried three different time frames, morning, noon, and night only to get stuck in the traffic backup caused by the …

John A. Provost: Let’s not forget the benefit side of the cost-benefit analysis

Monday, February 9, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor concerning the local impact of the proposed affordable housing project at site of the former Pleasant Street lumber yard included an analysis of the potential consequences for the school budget. Assuming a per-pupil expenditure of $12,500 and an enrollment …

Casey Pease: Standardized testing in schools is bad idea

Monday, February 9, 2015

To the editor: While staying after school one day recently, I noticed one of my teachers had her head on her hands — looking completely exhausted. I asked her, “What’s wrong?” and she told me she didn’t know if she could do it anymore. The state standardized evaluations …

Christine Mulcahy: Federal education efforts should focus on the poor

Thursday, February 5, 2015

To the editor: Concerning the wire article Jan. 22 about senators grappling with student testing: The federal mandate to test American kids annually should be abandoned. The claim that our schools are failing is false. Test results are not helpful to teachers and the costs are wasteful. Corporate …