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Stephanie Gelfan: College students should pay for ambulance, fire services

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: A simple first step to addressing the problem of Amherst town ambulance and fire services being overburdened by intoxicated students would be to directly and fully charge any student who has gotten an ambulance ride to the hospital due to excessive drinking or drugging, and then have the university withhold that student’s grades until those bills are fully paid. The students get the necessary rides and treatment. …

John Silvestro: Praises WMECO for response to downed power lines

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Close to midnight on Saturday I was quite startled when I heard a thunderous thud outside my home, followed by a loss of electric power. I ran to my window in Hadley and saw the power lines down on my street along with the utility pole that had supported the wires straddling the middle of the road. I went outside …

Roger Guzowski: Join him in voting yes on Question 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Can we finally have a real discussion about expanding the bottle bill? For over a decade, I have watched this play out in the state Legislature like some sort of bad Civil War reenactment, with each side lining up in predictable skirmish lines and volleying the same tired arguments at each other with predictable results. Now that the expansion of …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

John Coull: Where’s the peer pressure against drinking in Amherst?

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: This is what we hope for: that more mature and moderate students will instill some of their common sense into others and draw them away from alcohol-fueled gatherings that can morph into dangerous mob events. But what about the adult stakeholders? Why aren’t downtown merchants, …

Michael Seward: Financing of Eric Lesser’s state Senate campaign did not get attention it needed

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: Eric Lesser’s victory in the Democratic primary for the First Hampden-Hampshire State Senate District was a bad day for democracy and demonstrated the failure of the press to adequately inform the electorate. Despite spending more than three times as much as the candidate he narrowly …

James B. Winston: Memorial a fitting tribute to those who made downtown Northampton strong

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: The Eva Trager Memorial, located on Main Street in downtown Northampton, recognizes citizens who have made a significant impact on the vitality of downtown Northampton. On a recent Friday, six people — Al August & family, Christina Cavallari, Bill Nagle, Kay Sheehan, Norman Winston and …

Tom McBride: Opponents of The Retreat did not serve Amherst’s interests

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: There was nothing honorable about what those who fought The Retreat development in North Amherst did. I’m a believer in a free-market system which 20th century economist Milton Friedman was an advocate of. You can micromanage economic development, but this is swimming upstream. Friedman believed …

Dennis Helmus: Tree canopy, green spaces would suffer under Northampton’s ‘infill’ proposal

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your editorial Sept. 2 supporting the importance of an urban tree canopy and noting the loss of 500 public shade trees and calling upon the city of Northampton to “preserve and protect its tree canopy and waste no time doing so.” As …

Karl W. Ryavec: ISIS problem just part of larger crisis in Mideast

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: The decision to attack ISIS was made under the pressure of a mass feeling that ISIS must be punished for its execution of two Americans. If the attacks continue for a prolonged period several problems arise: constitutionality of the action; the attacks helping enemies of …

Mitchell Sieser: Setting the Obama record straight on ISIS

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: An Associated Press writer’s depiction of Obama’s Middle East policies, (“Obama orders bombing in Syria,” Sept. 11) bares no resemblance to historical reality: “While in office, he has steadfastly sought to wind down American military campaigns in the Middle East and avoid new wars — …

Bernie Bachand: What’s wrong with bad-mannered bicyclists?

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: I fully agree with recent letter-writers about bicyclists and their road habits. At times I have encountered as many as three and four abreast in the road, and they don’t even move for my pick-up. I think they are supposed to ride in file on …

Alex Kent: Sorry state of affairs in political campaigns

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: Should we concern ourselves about the souls of the super-rich (Andrea Ayvazian, Sept.13 column)? It’s a pastor’s job to tend to people’s souls, but as an American citizen, I am much more worried about how the much-too-rich spend their money in the political arena. Yes: …

Dick Bentley: Amherst lacking committee on architectural design

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: Most residents of Amherst are aware of a new building behind Judie’s Restaurant. Some call it “the cube” others call it “the refrigerator.” It was built by the same developer and architect as the impending Kendrick Place and the proposed “The Dormitory” (Carriage Shops) nearby. …