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Phyllis Woolf: Stop the ever-creeping insurance premium surcharges

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Your editorial of April 15 was a valuable piece, reminding us all of the new law mandating headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in use. Thank you for that. It also mentioned that, in addition to a $5 fine for breaking that law, private insurance companies will now be allowed to levy a new surcharge which may last up to six years. They will say …

Richard Prée: Carbon fee and dividend is market-based tool against climate change

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Each year since 1970 Earth Day, which was celebrated last week, has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet, and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 levels are steeply rising. We need to do all we can now to hasten the …

David Zimicki:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the editor: Of course, absolutely no one holds a gun to my head and forces me to read John Sheirer’s monthly column offering in the Gazette. I do so voluntarily. I own that it is a kind of masochistic hobby of mine. This writer, an ostensible spokesman of the co-exist/tolerance Left — does nothing but heap ridiculing, dismissive scorn on the views …

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Joe Lavallee: Hatfield town moderator urges residents to attend Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield’s annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, is just around the corner. It only takes 75 registered voters to have a quorum and thereby takes usually half, or 38 people, to pass most any issue or spending article. Well, the town budget and most …

Don Schneier: Columnist’s position is driven by market, not by people

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: All anyone needs to know about Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman’s perspective is one word from his April 7 column — “consumers.” His use of that word to refer to people undergoing medical treatment shows that to him, the doctor-patient relationship is one of vendor-potential source …

Nat Woodruff, Don DeGroot and Sanjay Arwade: Amherst residents appreciate chance to ski near home

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Thank you to John Coelho and the town of Amherst for the great cross country skiing at Cherry Hill Golf Course this winter. Coelho did a wonderful job grooming the snow, and having such good skiing so close to home is a big improvement to …

Judith Eiseman: Governor oversteps with order for large review of regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To the editor: Charlie Baker seems ready to turn Massachusetts into one more dysfunctional state headed by a Republican governor. Executive Order 562 is an outrageous and ill-conceived disruption to the governing of a state already dealing with fewer employees in environmental and other agencies due to budget …

Tom Baird: After return to Northampton, public service calls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I will be a candidate for the soon-to-be vacant Ward 6 School Committee seat in Northampton. My family moved back to the city after researching where our daughter should go to school. To us, school choice meant choosing a community for our family. We also …

Mae Lococo: Keep senior center for use by elders

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: Shame on the mayor of Northampton for giving away a beautiful part of our senior center. There was a handful of seniors who had a dream of building a roomier, modern senior center for Northampton. We talked to Irene Lampron, the director at the time, …

Kira Jewett: State should more equitably distribute funding for schools

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to the April 8 guest column regarding the state takeover of the Holyoke Public Schools. I agree with all the major points made, but I’d like to add another: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts needs to more equitably distribute funding to schools. Currently, …

John Ferriter: Frustrated that some sidewalks, crosswalks under state control

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: One more letter on sidewalk clearing. We live on Bridge Street in Northampton across from Sheldon Field. The sidewalk has been poorly maintained for the last 15 years. When a bicyclist was thrown from his bike by a pothole in the walk and was taken …

Ralph Faulkingham: Story conflated work of two independent boards in Amherst

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: Reporter Scott Merzbach’s April 6 story in the Gazette concerning the workings of the Dickinson Local Historic District Committee in Amherst cites the case of the First Congregational Church’s new sign and my championing its approval, but it conflates the work of two independent town …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Religions to issue a moral call for carbon-free laws

Monday, April 13, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for Tom Relihan’s article on the Quakers’ inspiring, consciousness-raising pipeline walk. Religious groups are enormously important at inspiring people to change because religions foster connectedness to community, inspire adherents to work for a greater good and urge moral action. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is …