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Elysse Link: PVTA, municipalities should make clearing bus stops a priority

Thursday, March 5, 2015

To the editor: Every winter I’m appalled at the condition of the bus stops in Amherst and Northampton. Several times I’ve inquired about who is responsible for shoveling and upkeep at the stops. I’m told by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority that it’s the town’s responsibility. Then the town tells me it’s PVTA’s job. Many of the people who rely on public transportation to get basic necessities like food are …

Barbara Magnuson: South Hadley Electric Light urged to stay in the Falls area

Thursday, March 5, 2015

To the editor: The officers and members of the South Hadley Democratic Town Committee wish to add our voices to the community concerns about South Hadley Electric Light Department’s proposed move from its historic location in the South Hadley Falls area to a location on Old Lyman Road that the utility reportedly purchased about 20 years ago. At the committee’s Jan. 15 meeting, …

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 …

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Eleanor Wakin: ‘Being Mortal’ segment raises questions about end of life

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: On Feb. 10, public television aired a Frontline segment, “Being Mortal,” based on the experiences of a Boston surgeon and author, Atul Gawande, as expressed in his book of the same title. The program explored ways in which health care providers practice their professions when …

Kit Sang Boos: Wishes Northampton would be more considerate of pedestrians

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: Let me add my voice to the current discontent with Northampton Department of Public Works plows dumping snow on shoveled sidewalks. This is my annual plight despite years of fruitless complaints. Once I was out shoveling, doing my civic duty, in a bright red parka …

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 …