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Nancy Kinney: Irked at Kinder Morgan’s actions, urges Gazette to keep story alive

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: Please keep Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline story front and center. A huge Texas company is threatening to impact homeowners in western Massachusetts. What gives a private company the right to take our land using “eminent domain”? Our government does because the fossil fuel giants own the government. If you think a pipeline will lower your utility bills, you need to do your homework. That was propaganda …

Sid Moss: Postal Service offers a reliable bargain for mail delivery

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: The writer of a Feb. 27 guest column criticized the U.S. Postal Service because it took five days for a book mailed from Florence to be delivered to his home in nearby Greenfield. I can see that he might have been annoyed at the wait but he obviously has no idea what goes into our complex delivery system which has …

Gene Reilly: CPA panel should reject condo request for money to fix staircase

Thursday, March 26, 2015

To the editor: A Gazette article published March 19 discussed an application submitted by the Coolidge Park Condominiums requesting Community Preservation Act funds to help repair their granite steps. It is my opinion that the Community Preservation Committee should decline to support this application. The article noted CPA funds have previously been used to repair other private structures. That comparison is inept in …

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Robert Berwick: Time for change in leadership on South Hadley’s utility board

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: South Hadley’s Electric Light Department has a long and proud history in this town. The current board of commissioners has seriously eroded that reputation, and it is time for a change. Town elections are coming up in April, and there are two contested seats for …

Robin Dizard: In honor of International Pi Day, thank those who love science

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: International Pi Day on March 14, 2015, offered a wonderful chance to honor all the scientists, mathematicians — abstract as well as practical — and every teacher of arithmetic, geometry and algebra. Honor, too, the physicians, dentists and veterinarians. Honor the social scientists, including the …

Liz and Mark Leibowitz: Florence dentist supplies children in Ecuador with tooth brushes

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: A shout out to Wohl Family Dentistry in Florence. We have just returned from two weeks volunteering at a day care center in Calderon, Ecuador, just outside Quito. We assisted the “Tia’s” in all aspects of nurturing and support to children ages 12 months to …

Ernest Longley: A taxicab commissioner’s office is needed in the county

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: I recently took a taxicab from my apartment to a grocery store in Northampton. I explained to the driver that I had only half the fare and I could pay him the remainder after I bought the groceries. He said that was OK but to …

Joshua Goldstein: Consumers can take practical steps to reduce electric bills

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: Pete Schoenberger’s essay against the electric company Eversource Energy in the March 4 edition of the Gazette fails to explain the reasons rates are rising or the practical steps consumers can take in response. The region has shut down all of its coal and nuclear …

Tim Walter: When did the United States elect Netanyahu president?

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: When did the United States elect Benjamin Netanyahu president so that he could deliver to a joint session of Congress a warmongering speech, undermining American foreign policy and the peace process with Iran? Many members of Congress lapped it up with dreams of military contractors’ …

Richard Norris: Reader proposes a solution for Fleitman’s snowplowing woes

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: Here’s a great 1 percent solution for Jay Fleitman’s snowplowing plight, as detailed in his March 3 column. If you don’t like the plowing, get your affluent neighbors to chip in for private plowing. Then get a pass on that portion of your taxes that …

Muriel E. Russell: Let’s petition representatives to abolish daylight-saving time

Monday, March 16, 2015

To the editor: Well, I just changed my clocks again, but I think it is a waste of time to change time twice a year. Today, people spend their evenings watching TV, using computers, and they have air conditioners running, so they prefer to be inside on warm …

Jeff Weeks: Speak out against outrageous increases in electricity bills

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: My paper got knocked out of the paper tube by the plow but I picked it up, dried it out and read it. Pete Schoenberger wrote a great column in the March 4 Gazette on electricity rates. Everybody should read it. Our electric bills are …

Don Lesser: Municipal snowplows responsible for the common good of all

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: As I used my snow blower on my driveway following our last snowstorm, I thought about the latest column from Jay Fleitman. Since my driveway is placed where the two lanes of North Pleasant Street in Amherst merge into one, the end of my driveway …