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Patricia and Stanley Libucha: Belchertown taxpayers should review property bills carefully

Friday, August 28, 2015

To the editor: If you own a home or vacant property in Belchertown, do not take for granted that your tax bill and the calculation of the acreage and square footage for your property is accurate. According to the director of assessments, and I quote, “As of 1-1-12 our assessors maps were updated using the MassGIS mapping system developed by the Commonwealth. This program utilizes aerial orthoimagery, which is significantly …

J.M. Sorrell: Gazette wrong to come to Chris Duval’s defense on free speech grounds

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: It’s one thing to hear from Chris Duval (infamous now for guns and Confederate flag defenses) and to print his comments. It seems ridiculous, however, for a well-regarded newspaper to come to his defense regarding the Cummington Fair. If he had painted on his building “Die Faggot” or “Filthy Jews,” I suspect you would not have a problem with his …

Tenzin Tsedon: See Confederate ‘battle flag’ for what it is: a racist symbol

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Lot of people who support the Confederate flag always seem to compare it to the rainbow flag or a flag of another country, saying all of them represent pride and Americans have the right to fly them regardless of others’ disapprovals. If one truly wants to compare the rebel banner to another flag, why not do it with the flag …

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Bernice Andrus: Northampton Housing Authority firings are unconscionable

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To the editor: Having read the article referring to the firing of Northampton Housing Authority employees, I looked on with disgust and dismay! To treat loyal, good and long-time employees in such a brutal fashion was unconscionable. There were many other alternatives and options that leaders of the …

Jeff Krauth: Let your highest ideals lead you to Sanders campaign

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To The editor: I have voted in 11 presidential campaigns, but never in my years of voting have I been as aligned with a candidate’s position as directly as I am with those of Sen. Bernie Sanders. He represents the best and highest aspirations and values that our …

John Donahoe: Why a medical expert is warning about marijuana legalization

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts may place a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot next year. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, has described the following findings on the effects of marijuana. Marijuana use among high school seniors is increasing …

Mark Kertzman: Editorial in Gazette right about climate change challenge

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to the Gazette’s editorial, “Obama’s clean power plan takes aim at climate change” (Aug. 12). I would like to thank the writer for a thoughtful account of the president’s plan to cut emissions. It was also mentioned that while this …

Pat Kennedy: Consider the human costs of hydro power from Quebec

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To the editor: One issue not raised by the AP article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (“NE covets Canada’s hydropower,” Aug. 3) is the effect the building of new dams and hydroelectric power plants will have on the First Nations people, specifically the Cree, in the James Bay …

Kathleen Brown: Congress should help protect retirement savings

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: I have worked hard my whole life to save for retirement, and I should be able to trust that my financial adviser is looking out for my best interests — and not just their bottom line. Right now, a loophole in the law allows some …

Lawrence Tucker: Why must Iraq continue to endure such violence?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Recent news articles have revealed that the U.S. military, in the campaign against ISIS, is still bombing the sovereign nation of Iraq. In fact, the U.S. military has been bombing Iraq steadily since 1991. It is, however, alarming that the frequency of bombings has increased. …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Fee for carbon use spreads responsibility across economy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for your excellent Aug. 20 editorial supporting the EPA’s clean power plan to cut power plant emissions. It’s a great plan, as far as it is able to go. As your editorial notes, emissions cuts will have to be sharper and the rest …

Matt Levin: Bernie Sanders goes beyond campaign theatrics

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

To the editor: Thinking about the Republican Party debate on Fox News, it seems as though candidates were picked and prepped not to answer “Who will be our best president” so much as “Who will make the best show?” — who will get the network the highest ratings? …