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Joe Henefield: Letter blaming President Obama for high energy prices incomplete

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: A letter from a Northampton resident in the Feb. 24 Gazette criticizing President Obama and liberals for high electricity prices left out some important words in his opening quote from the president’s question-and-answer session with the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board in February of 2008. The full clause is, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket ...” The president went on to …

Leslie Nyman: Amherst Farmers’ Market should include all area farmers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: I was disturbed and saddened to read that the Amherst Farmers’ Market regularly excludes some area farmers because of fear of competition. I love the farmers market and go nearly every Saturday morning because it brings freshness and joy into my day. I’m pretty sure no one shops there because of the prices. They simply are not competitive in the …

George Kohout and Debra Orgera: Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid focus of Sunday forum in Florence

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: Interest has been growing in Massachusetts for the Olympics 2024 to be hosted by Boston and perhaps other cities throughout Massachusetts. Many print and Internet news sources have noted the excitement, vision and positive impact of this mega-sporting event. There is another side to the story. Reputable researchers and others have made the case that the modern Olympics can be …

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Joseph Sharp: City does not do enough to get people to shovel their sidewalks

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable.” New Englanders have long had (apparently divergent) views regarding snow and the issue of removing snow from public ways. This divergence dates to Emerson’s day …

Sarah Aasheim: Documentary ‘The Crash Reel’ an inspiration for local family

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I’d like to express my thanks to Whole Children of Hadley for its Feb. 8 screening of “The Crash Reel.” This documentary tells the comeback story of Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. …

Lynne Rudder Baker: Appalled by UMass Amherst policy to bar Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I am appalled by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new and gratuitous policy of barring Iranian students from certain fields of study, as told in a Feb. 13 Boston Globe article headlined, “UMass Amherst Stops Admitting Iranians to Some Graduate Programs.” Here are some salient …

Roger Herman: UMass should rethink policy banning Iranians from courses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I was stunned to read the article in Monday’s Gazette about a ban on Iranian students from specific courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If our universities cannot exhibit some degree of fairness towards the people who study there or want to study there, …

Eleanor Wakin: ‘Being Mortal’ segment raises questions about end of life

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: On Feb. 10, public television aired a Frontline segment, “Being Mortal,” based on the experiences of a Boston surgeon and author, Atul Gawande, as expressed in his book of the same title. The program explored ways in which health care providers practice their professions when …

Kit Sang Boos: Wishes Northampton would be more considerate of pedestrians

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: Let me add my voice to the current discontent with Northampton Department of Public Works plows dumping snow on shoveled sidewalks. This is my annual plight despite years of fruitless complaints. Once I was out shoveling, doing my civic duty, in a bright red parka …

Lawrence Tucker: Of bicycles and snowmobiles: A time for sharing?

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: I love to ride a bicycle and I love to ride on rail trails. Western Massachusetts has both the Norwottuck Rail Trail and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in the Berkshires as prime examples of great rail trail paths. I have ridden both of these trails …

Vivienne Carey, Roger Webb: Pleased by response of Amherst officials to concerns

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: Many local residents are very concerned at the number of road accidents that occur in the central, winding section of Potwine Lane in Amherst. In response to a petition that we delivered to Town Manager John Musante, he arranged for a small group of us …

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. …