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Wesley Blixt: Comparison in history for migrant children crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: The good folks who are pitching a fit over the placement of “migrant minors” in our communities are no better than the “good folks” who declined to give refuge or sanctuary to the Jews and others who fled the Nazis. I am aware that this will deeply, deeply, (deeply) offend many good folks in its clumsy moral equivalency, and in its loose historical parallels. It may especially … 0

Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: I’m watching closely to see the fate of an important animal protection bill that state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg will be a key decision-maker on, and I hope he does the right thing. Senate Bill 2232 would finally ban locking pigs and calves used by the meat industry in cages so tightly they can barely move, let alone walk. This commonsense … 0

Jesse Docter: Antibiotics fed to animals fuel public health crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: One of the most dangerous public health crises in our nation can be quickly and easily resolved through executive action. Antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people each year. Antibiotic resistance is often attributed to over-prescription by our doctors. While this has certainly played a role in accelerating the adaptation of antibiotic resistant infections, the blame for this crisis rests in our … 0

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Mary Cooley: Northampton DPW needs to refresh crosswalks

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: When is the Northampton Department of Public Works going to buy some white paint and paint the city’s faded crosswalks, which are a hazard to both drivers and pedestrians? It is time they did their job and stopped trying to make a fashion statement! Mary … 0

Anne Monahan: Southampton has spoken on local tax matters

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: The failure of the Southampton override should come as no surprise. In a Gazette article, one resident suggested, “People are frightened to see their taxes go up.” Yes, families have had to get by on less and less over the years. Many are on fixed … 1

Ed Weisman: Gazette article on Eric Suher’s properties mired in innuendo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette has a great track record of bringing local news into crystal-clear focus. From the Proposition 2½ override in Northampton to the controversy about the rainbow crosswalk, I rely on the Gazette for detailed explanations of local issues. But the July 3 story “Sidelined … 0

Mark Sienkiewicz: Delayed I-91 repair work frustrating

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: When can we believe Massachusetts Department of Transportation? The on-ramp for northbound I-91 traffic at Exit 18 has been closed for over a month. At first, they thought it would take a month to fix. Then we didn’t hear anything. Finally after I wrote to … 0

Joseph Tarantino: Government ‘security blanket’ feels oppressive

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: “The folks who rant about government tyranny confuse me.” So admits John Sheirer in his latest Gazette column July 14, a column that begins by invoking the July 4 holiday no less. Apparently the values of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers … 0

Charles LaPiene: Liberal reaction to Hobby Lobby 'hysterical' 'Why place the burden on me for their choice?

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: Readers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette who moaned and groaned piously at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision should think about their hysterical reaction. To imply, as they have done, that the decision is “really … 14

William Jastromb: Uninformed voters a threat to America’s future

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: One debate raging in the U.S. is a joy to witness. No, it is not the debate between the progressive and liberal Democratic Party and the do-nothing and know-nothing Republican Party. The debate is between the Republican Party and the tea party as respective political … 3

Sally Pick: ‘Compromise’ bill takes wrong turn on photovoltaics

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MONTAGUE — I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity produced by photovoltaics. Massachusetts House Bill 4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses and community solar — endangering local jobs and limiting … 2

William and Norma Coli: Bill before House would reduce affordability of PV systems in Massachusetts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHARLEMONT — We are disappointed with the recent release of House 4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that is co-chaired by state Sen. Benjamin Downing. Our disappointment starts with the back-room approach that seems to have been taken, whereby large … 0

MaryAnn Grim: Public comment policy in Amherst in place since 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to your recent editorial regarding the public comment portion of the June 24 joint Amherst, Pelham and Amherst Regional School Committees meeting: School committee meetings are not public forums — they are working meetings with usually very full agendas. For this reason, School … 1