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Kurt Heidinger: Reader takes issue with column’s objectivity on GMO labeling

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: In her May 6 guest column in the Gazette’s Viewpoints section, “Will the fight for GMO labeling get the job done?” Elizabeth Vierling confuses the consumer’s right to know what they are buying and thereby investing in, and the job of, as she puts it, “limit(ing) the reach of Big Ag products.” As her job title as a distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the …

Rich Cairn: Amherst Town Meeting fails to serve everyone well

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: Amherst Town Meeting ended after seven sessions during which 250 people (including staff) spent 20 hours. That comes to 5,000 hours — or the equivalent of two-and-a-half full-time professionals for a year. Our greatest accomplishment toward the future of a pleasant, diverse, sustainable town was to approve a new full-time economic development director position. We also approved a tax incentive …

Sherry McGuire: Fight against cancer by joining Relay For Life movement

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To the editor: What started as one man walking around a track in Tacoma, Washington, 30 years ago this spring has grown into the world’s largest movement to fight back against cancer. Today, more than 4 million people participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events in 6,000 communities worldwide. Greater Springfield is one of them, and I want to encourage people …

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David Gowler: Changes at WMUA will make station much less interesting

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AMHERST — At radio station WMUA, as I understand it, Glenn Siegel has been temporarily re-assigned as student advisor, based on an “investigation.” Program producer Max Shea has been banished from the station, apparently without redress. Both actions have been taken without any charges being filed or any …

Nat Reade: Northampton father, business owner to run for school board

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I am writing today to announce that I am running for the Northampton School Committee as an at-large candidate. I have had two sons in our public schools for the past 10 years, and they have had great experiences at Bridge Street Elementary School, JFK …

Dr. Stephen A. Eipper: Doctor recommends using DEET to keep ticks away

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see Pete Reddington’s article “It’s Tick Time” in recent issues of the Gazette and the Recorder. It certainly is that time of year. As adult ticks become active, we’re now seeing many people with deer tick bites in our urgent care …

Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Longtime doctor with office on Nonotuck says speeding too much

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see a recent letter about speeding on Nonotuck Street. Having had an office on Nonotuck for 40 years, I have often seen westbound drivers accelerate after reaching the top of the hill, and I have thought there should be an extra …

Ed Stockman: Glyphosate found in many foods we eat remains a concern

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In late March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the research arm of the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and many other herbicidal products, a “probable carcinogen.” Ironically, in 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency quietly raised the …

Andy Morris-Friedman: Adventures in nature, science at N. Hadley Pond Day Saturday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: The Friends of Lake Warner and the Mill River are excited to invite people to the first North Hadley Pond Day on Saturday, May 16. The event will include a free afternoon of nature, science, adventure and fun for the whole family. It runs from …

Margaret Walden: Smith scholars conclude that being a woman is a state of mind

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: So, the Smith scholars have consulted, considered and cogitated — and concluded that being a woman is really a state of mind. Margaret Walden Southampton …

Marisa Labozzetta: St. Mary’s church is protected as part of historic district

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In an article in the Gazette May 7 citing the Vatican’s decision to close St. Mary’s Church in Northampton, Monsignor John Bonzagni is quoted as saying the church could possibly be “torn down,” instilling fear in St. Mary’s advocates that a “CVS or a Wal-Mart” …

Richard S. (Dick) Stein Goessmann: When it comes to plastic bags, combine ease with economics

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: There has been discussion about efforts to ban plastic bags. I agree that the commonly used thin bags usually distributed free by markets present a problem for proper disposal. While, in principle, they can be recycled, the cost of doing so probably does not justify …

Susan Boucher: Seniors have a right to weigh in on the use of center

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: This is in response to a recent letter writer in the Gazette regarding the “protest” and meeting with the mayor at the Northampton Senior Center. “Seniors behaving badly” — I think not. How about seniors concerned enough about their facility to give input and seek …