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Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing a similar street-scape. However, the new zoning does not require any consideration of the impact of seven or more (it could be 30) units on existing parking, traffic, congestion and green space in a neighborhood. Furthermore, though the proposed zoning change emerged from Northampton’s 2008 Sustainability Plan, it does not provide any … 0

Michael Biegner: Please welcome the stranger, in this case the children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: We like to proclaim how this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Many of the same voices that proclaim the need for prayer in schools are the same ones now up in arms against the idea of using the Westover Air Reserve base to temporarily house children who seek refuge by openly crossing our nation’s southern border. But Gov. Deval … 0

Martha Hanner: Vote for Berwick if you want to stop gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Are you concerned about the proposed gas pipeline that would tear up Clarkdale Farm’s peach orchard? Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, has announced his strong opposition to construction of the pipeline. He argues that investment in the pipeline would lock us into long-term dependence on fossil fuels. Instead, we should focus on repairing the dangerous leaks in the existing … 0

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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Danielle Letourneau-Therrien:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” … 0

Carolyn Cave: UUSA invites folks to come see the restored window

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Dear Amherst friends and neighbors, The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA) would like to thank the community for supporting the restoration of the beautiful “Angel of the Lilies” Tiffany stained glass window. With the support of the Historical Commission and very generous CPA funding … 0

John Howard: Now is the time to think about buying electric car

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: Now is the time to buy an electric car. With the new state point of sale rebate of up to $2,500, the IRS tax break of up to $7,500 and the price drop of $5,000 on several electric cars (EV), a Massachusetts resident can own … 0

Fran Taylor: Obama must bring Marine home from Mexico

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: On this past Independence Day, I was watching a story about a U.S. Marine held in Mexico and physically abused by Mexican prison guards. He made a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico by accident, carrying his legally owned guns in his car. It … 0

Kate Queeney: Bicycle rider praises those who helped

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: This past weekend I had a bike accident in North Amherst when part of my bike frame suddenly broke under me. I want to thank everyone on the scene who helped me: the two motorcyclists who helped get me and the pieces of my bike … 0

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