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Claudia Lefko: A neighborhood residents says questions about Valley CDC project deserve answers

Friday, January 30, 2015

By CLAUDIA LEFKO NORTHAMPTON — Where is reasonable discourse? Am I to believe that if I have questions about the affordable housing project proposed by the Valley CDC that I am on the wrong side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as cited by former Mayor Clare Higgins in her column last Saturday? Did King have an opinion about “infill”? There are legitimate questions and concerns about the project proposed …

Frederick Becklo: Shame on President Obama’s historical incompetence

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Our country has been irreversibly damaged by President Obama’s historic incompetence ( both domestically and in foreign policy), his adolescent petulance and, in this writer’s opinion, a sense of entitlement that knows no boundaries. Frederick Becklo Florence …

Rainier Jewett: An urgent plea to save the planet’s animals

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing because I am very worried about the animals on our planet right now. I am actually kind of panicking because I can’t do anything about it by myself, and I am trying to get people’s attention. Humans on the planet are polluting so much that a lot of species of animals are dying. Have you noticed how …

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Cynthia Loring MacBain: Missing voices at King events in Northampton: those of African-American men

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — I attended the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King celebration in Northampton this past Monday. The music composed and sung by Marcia Gomez was beautiful and moving. The panelists were all passionately committed to change. But there were voices I missed. Several times statistics were cited for …

Jim Durfer: The unknown struggles of the ‘thin blue line’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: All of this ruckus about police brutality and white privilege in Northampton made me recall an intimate discussion I had with a dear friend who was one of four cops in a family dedicated to service. It was the type of discussion men have maybe …

Grant Milner: Thanks to a true dog-lover

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: On Dec. 26, my friend and companion, a 14-year-old fox terrier, escaped from her boarding home on Ryan Road in Florence. I am writing to thank Gary, a Good Samaritan, for rescuing Kelsey and transporting her to safety at the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Hadley. …

James Lowenthal: Not all LED lights are created equal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to Rudy Perkins for his article (“In the glow of a lighting innovation from Denmark,” Jan. 7) calling for energy-efficient LED street lighting, especially when they’re actively controlled to turn off when no one is there, as is being done in “smart cities” projects …

Montserrat Archbald: How do I hate Keystone XL? Let me count the ways

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: Building the Keystone XL Pipeline is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the State Department, the pipeline would increase climate pollution by 27.4 …

Paul M. Craig: What minimum wage changes can accomplish

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: Do minimum wage laws reveal a structural fault in American capitalism? What fault are minimum wage laws meant to correct? How do we determine what an appropriate minimum wage should be? How many burgers must be sold at the drive-through window to make that job …

Robin MacRostie: It’s vital that we save ‘meandering jewel’ that is Lake Warner in Hadley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: I write in support of restoring the $125,000 to fix the Lake Warner dam at North Hadley Pond. I wouldn’t have known that the earmark was vetoed if I hadn’t run into some Friends of Lake Warner at Whole Foods the other day. You may …

Susan Maguire: Urges more nuanced thought about police

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: As a resident of Northampton and Ward 7, I am concerned with the very broad brush with which City Councilor Alisa Klein spoke about police and the criminal justice system. In no way can I argue that racism does not exist in the hearts of …

Rick Olson: Stop obstructing and build pipeline

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: No nukes! No coal! No biomass! No wind farms! No solar! Now that natural gas is the cleanest large scale source of energy, we now have No pipeline! We’ve even had objections to siting a solar array on an abandoned landfill. With nuclear and coal …

Cathi Hanauer: NHS start time stalemate a failure of leadership

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: Re: Mark Warner’s Guest Column “Board got coverage issue right.” In his Jan. 13 guest column about whether City Council members should receive health insurance for doing this part-time job, Mark Warner argues that one way to attract “more and diverse people” to serve on …