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Norman Spencer: Postal Service has mastered art of delivering packages

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To the editor: Ed Gregory’s Feb. 27 guest column describes how a package mailed to him from Florence took a round-about route via Jersey City, New Jersey, and thence to Greenfield. Gregory’s observation is addressed by a classic problem in mathematics. The difficulty of deriving an answer grows exponentially as the service area increases. The task is to achieve optimum efficiency over a long time in delivering many non-scheduled messages …

League of Women Voters to mark International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To the editor: International Women’s Day will be celebrated around the world on Sunday. Twenty years ago at the Beijing Conference on Women, a pledge was made by 189 governments around the globe to advance the rights and status of women. This year the theme of the United Nations celebration day is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” There will be a parade …

Susan Levitt: Thanks Amherst police for how they handled library disturbance

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank the two Amherst police officers who responded to a disturbance recently at the Jones Library involving an extremely inebriated man. I watched as they patiently and compassionately helped him safely to his feet and out the door, as he lashed out verbally and physically against them. I know they were “just doing their job,” but in …

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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. …

Adam J. Kolek: Just who wins with use of state, CPA monies?

Friday, February 13, 2015

To the editor: Easthampton City Councilor Daniel Hagan has been quoted as saying that “everybody wins” in a city project of renovations to privately owned local mill properties. Perhaps he should have been more specific. The project uses $7.55 million of state grants and CPA funds, all taxpayer …

Gretchen Armacost: A plea for tolerance on issues of science

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: How do we decide what we should believe? In a fascinating article, “Billions and Billions of Demons,” published in the New York Times Book Review, Jan. 9, 1997, evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin wrote, “when scientists transgress the bounds of their own specialty they have no …

Jody Nishman: No easy answers to issue of police shootings

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: Regarding letters about police brutality: As with many important issues, there seems to be a lot of polarization. Accusations of hostility and bias abound on both sides. Policing is an extremely difficult job, especially in today’s society. There are many police doing their jobs bravely, …

Nicholas G Reich, Krzysztof Sakrejda: Criticizes Gazette measles headline for down-playing risks

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

To the editor: We were disappointed with your banner headline “Measles outbreak unlikely here, experts say” (Feb. 7). This messaging works against the public health outreach that many front-line health care workers communicate every day to patients to protect our communities from disease outbreaks. Although Massachusetts overall has …

David Arrighi: Damon Road has turned into traffic nightmare

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

To the editor: I am done, finished and I quit traveling Damon Road. Recently, I have tried to navigate from Hadley to Southampton via Damon Road. I have tried three different time frames, morning, noon, and night only to get stuck in the traffic backup caused by the …

John A. Provost: Let’s not forget the benefit side of the cost-benefit analysis

Monday, February 9, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor concerning the local impact of the proposed affordable housing project at site of the former Pleasant Street lumber yard included an analysis of the potential consequences for the school budget. Assuming a per-pupil expenditure of $12,500 and an enrollment …