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Stephanie Gelfan: College students should pay for ambulance, fire services

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: A simple first step to addressing the problem of Amherst town ambulance and fire services being overburdened by intoxicated students would be to directly and fully charge any student who has gotten an ambulance ride to the hospital due to excessive drinking or drugging, and then have the university withhold that student’s grades until those bills are fully paid. The students get the necessary rides and treatment. …

John Silvestro: Praises WMECO for response to downed power lines

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Close to midnight on Saturday I was quite startled when I heard a thunderous thud outside my home, followed by a loss of electric power. I ran to my window in Hadley and saw the power lines down on my street along with the utility pole that had supported the wires straddling the middle of the road. I went outside …

Roger Guzowski: Join him in voting yes on Question 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Can we finally have a real discussion about expanding the bottle bill? For over a decade, I have watched this play out in the state Legislature like some sort of bad Civil War reenactment, with each side lining up in predictable skirmish lines and volleying the same tired arguments at each other with predictable results. Now that the expansion of …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Marlene Marrocco: Why can’t we find more non-politicians to serve in office?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: It would be nice to have a non-politician in office for a change. A business person, someone who sees beyond the “game” and might be able to get things done for Massachusetts and the country. A fresh voice, a fresh perspective and a clean slate. …

Sherry Wilson: Public needs help in halting harassing phone calls

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: What ever happened to “Do Not Call” registries? For years I have been on the federal and state registries to prevent commercial enterprises from trying to sell their unwanted wares to me on the telephone. Charities, political parties and businesses such as your own bank …

Becky Reid: Goodell fails to uphold right standards for NFL

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s aloofness and inability or refusal to follow up on a grave situation involving off-field violence by players reeks of Joe Paterno. The old saying of “knew or should have known” applies of course, but what makes Goodell look like a complete …

Matt Levin: Citizens United ruling must be overturned

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: I have a message for Republican senators and fellow voters: I understand the difference between democracy and plutocracy, as I suspect you do. And I understand that plutocracy’s good for those — ”the 1 percent” — running it, and, as I’ve witnessed in recent years, …

Cynthia Clayton Parent: End-of-life decisions must not be compromised

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: I write in response to your recent headline: “On her terms: Lee Hawkins dies peacefully — as planned — in Northampton home at 90.” Many people will agree that the “as planned” is a great step forward in exercising our individual rights as Americans. However, …

Arielle Ortiz: CASA volunteers make a difference in children’s lives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced in a short life. These moves can mean changing schools and leaving a town that feels familiar and the only …

Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by …

Natalia Muñoz: Community caring physicians shrinks with practice’s closing

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: Due to burdens imposed by the health insurance companies, solo practitioners like Dr. Shelley Berkowitz find themselves with impossible cost increases. It is a loss for our community when someone of her caliber, closes the practice. She is an extraordinary physician who listens and asks …

Stuart Krantz: One person, one vote must remain American way

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: The amount of money a person owns must not dictate how much speech a person can have. In the United States of America, each person must have one vote and not use their corporate money as a way to have more speech We must amend …

Andrew Morehouse: Join to take action against hunger in WMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: In western Massachusetts, there are more than 200,000 people annually struggling with hunger or food insecurity — not knowing where and when their next meal will come from. This number has doubled in the past five years. For this reason, our region’s emergency food network …