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Ava Gip: Where is Sen. Warren on fracked gas pipeline issue for WMass?

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been missing in action on the North East Direct pipeline issue for a whole year. I believe the last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I have called and written her offices repeatedly for the last month. Her aides have said that she is still studying the “new” …

James Borghesani: Teen use of marijuana not rising in Colorado

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: An Aug. 19 letter in the Gazette regarding a possible 2016 marijuana-related Massachusetts ballot initiative contained factual errors. In Colorado, which ended marijuana prohibition in 2012, teen use has not increased. In fact, data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (a bi-annual study by the University of Colorado and the state departments of Public Health and Environment, Human Services and …

Dick Bentley: Amherst parking study has merit, even if judge doesn’t think so

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Judge Richard Carey, handling a recent lawsuit, threw out of his courtroom a traffic study done by Rolf Karlstrom in a “friend of the court” brief. The judge’s stated reason for ignoring the study was that Karlstrom is a biology professor who “does not possess the knowledge necessary to evaluate city parking.” Did the judge look at the traffic study? …

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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? …

Dan and Angela Boyle: Universal access programs at state parks are first rate

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program. The program is committed to providing outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities. Accessibility to the state parks is achieved through site improvements, …

Margaret Lobenstine: Do not erect financial barriers at Puffer’s Pond

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: As someone who has loved Puffer’s Pond in Amherst for over a quarter of a century, I want to share something that has inspired me over the years. Puffer’s is one of the most multicultural, multi-racial and peaceful spots in Amherst. One can easily have …

Wendy Robinson: Planned Parenthood not ‘trafficking’ in fetal tissue

Monday, August 17, 2015

To the editor: I’m writing to thank you for printing the article headlined “Scientists: Fetal tissue key to medical research.” This is a well-reasoned and informative article that sheds light on the subject, rather than heat. I would also like to correct what I believe is misinformation in …