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Arnold Friedmann: Local RMV offices dreary are places to visit

Sunday, May 3, 2015

To the editor: I recently visited the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices in Greenfield and Easthampton. Both offices appear to have been designed by somebody from Russia’s Stalin era, and both have the charm of a prison cell. It seems unfair to the staff working there, and it is depressing to those seeking services. At the Greenfield office I counted 28 people sitting and standing (there is not enough space …

Martha McCormick: Friends of Forbes get most of its money from member dues

Sunday, May 3, 2015

To the editor: Our thanks for the very nice piece in the Gazette April 27 describing the Antique Appraisal Day at Forbes Library sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library. The event was a fundraiser, one of several the Friends produce each year to benefit the library. We would, however, like to correct the impression that the money the Friends gives the library …

Tina Ingmann: The environmental tragedy that is fracked gas

Sunday, May 3, 2015

To the editor: I would like to dispute a claim made by the spokesperson from Berkshire Gas. The April 25 Gazette quotes Christopher Farrell as saying the proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline project would “put you at the front of the line for low-cost, environmentally responsible natural gas service.” Calling a fracked gas pipeline “environmentally responsible” is about as absurd as holding up a …

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James Winston: Former YMCA swimmer urges nonprofit to keep swim program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest the Gazette’s article regarding the Hampshire Regional YMCA reviewing its aquatics program. I urge the YMCA to keep its swim team program. Competitive swimming has so many benefits for children of all ages, beyond just competing against other children in the …

Joe Manning: Associated Press armadillo article in Gazette raises many questions

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: “Man shoots armadillo, hits mother-in-law.” That’s what a Gazette headline said on April 15. I pondered it before reading the Associated Press article. Did the man shoot the armadillo and then hit his mother-in-law? Perhaps the mother-in-law had said, “Don’t you dare shoot that defenseless …

Laurie J. Schimmelfing: Arts Night In a great celebration of the arts at high school

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To the editor: Kudos to the students and teachers who made Arts Night In at Northampton High School a thoroughly enjoyable celebration of the arts. Being able to explore throughout the school again brought back warm memories from when our kids attended. Throughout the high school were instrumental …

Phyllis Woolf: Stop the ever-creeping insurance premium surcharges

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Your editorial of April 15 was a valuable piece, reminding us all of the new law mandating headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in use. Thank you for that. It also mentioned that, in addition to a $5 fine for breaking that law, …

Richard Prée: Carbon fee and dividend is market-based tool against climate change

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Each year since 1970 Earth Day, which was celebrated last week, has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet, and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 …

David Zimicki:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Of course, absolutely no one holds a gun to my head and forces me to read John Sheirer’s monthly column offering in the Gazette. I do so voluntarily. I own that it is a kind of masochistic hobby of mine. This writer, an ostensible spokesman …

Judy Markland: Whately needs to know real costs of buying library system building

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Sometimes when something looks too good to be true, it is. The idea that Whately can get “move-in ready” town offices at the Western Massachusetts Regional Library Building for a $65 a year increase on the typical tax bill is one such. The building is …

Emily DelVecchio: Swimmer, 10, hopes YMCA will keep the Dolphins team

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am a 10-year-old member of the Dolphins swim team and have been in the swimming program since I was 1. When I was younger, my hope was to make the team as I got older. Without a competitive team, other little kids wouldn’t have …

Teresa Lee Dowd Hurlburt, 10: Young student loves environment, urges government to nix pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: Like most 10-year-olds, I love the outdoors and love exploring nature. It seems that the best part of living in New England is the wildlife and all the people who care about it so much. At the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, my …

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Architect excited to see Lin’s designs for Smith library

Friday, April 24, 2015

To the editor: I am both pleased and excited that Maya Lin and the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to design the Smith College Neilson Library. These are both first-class firms with an amazing portfolio of world-class architectural and site design projects. Needless to say, …