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Wendi Weinberg: Natural gas story as confusing as charges on electric bills

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Huh? Forty-two years ago I did quite well on my SATs for reading comprehension, so I don’t think this is just me. After reading a Feb. 20 article in the Gazette about National Grid and Access Northeast’s project to increase natural gas supplies, I am left with no more clarity than before I read it. The author is listed as “combined sources,” so I cannot give one …

Caleb Warren: Reader takes issue with Kakos column on Isis ‘extremists’

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Regarding Rev. Peter Kakos’ Feb. 24 guest column, “‘Terror’ more than semantics,” he solved a riddle that has perplexed me — namely, why does ISIS do what it does in the name of Islam? Apparently it is because the U.S. populace, post-9/11, was “manipulated” by our former administration — unmentioned were 99 out of 100 senators who went along with …

Leigh Dunlap: Mother angered by man’s street harassment toward daughter

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: So apparently at least one male in Northampton hasn’t seen the memo (or the YouTube videos) regarding the street harassment of women. My 14-year-old daughter was walking in town with her friend Tuesday afternoon on their way for a slice of pizza. A man some distance from them started waving to them. They didn’t recognize him so they ignored his …

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Martha Hanner: Don’t forget to shovel out that fire hydrant

Thursday, February 5, 2015

To the editor: In this snowy weather, don’t forget to dig out your neighborhood fire hydrant. I’ve seen many buried up to the flag on top. In an emergency, precious time could be lost while the fire department chops its way to the hydrant. Martha Hanner Amherst …

James Perkins: Praises Amherst’s public schools

Thursday, February 5, 2015

To the editor: I am the grandparent and guardian of a teenager who arrived here from Michigan this past August and entered Amherst Regional High School as a senior. My wife and I have lived here for many years, but never before had a child in the schools. …

Emmett Barcalow: Fix injustice in state alimony laws

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To the editor: The Appeals Court has ruled. The statute in the alimony reform law requiring termination of alimony at retirement age is not retroactive. However, alimony time limits based on the duration of a marriage are retroactive. There is a huge loophole in the time limit “guidelines.” …

Richard Stein: Publications should be held to legal actions over lies

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To the editor: I agree with the view expressed in the letter to the editor appearing in your Jan. 24-25 issue entitled “Time to take legal action against naysayers.” If one publishes a lie about a person, he (or she) could be sued for “defamation of character.” Should …

Kevin Collins: Amherst school officials put own goals before students’

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To the editor: Amherst Regional Middle School recently announced a major curriculum change, called a schedule change, that includes the discontinuation of music performance and implementation of a compulsory General Music curriculum, for all students, starting next year. The elimination of two years of musical training in middle …

David Zimicki: The sorry state of local activism over police actions

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To the editor: There is an old maxim — much beloved by radicals — which goes, “always blame America, even if you are wrong you are right.” It seems as though local radicals have retooled this: “Always blame the police, even if you are wrong, you are right.” …

Stan Pollack: Why can’t DPW trucks go slower or clear the sidewalks?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To the editor: Thanks for the article reminding homeowners to clean their sidewalks soon after a storm. I live on a corner and have 200 feet of sidewalk. My neighbors and I along North Maple Street in Florence are very conscientious regarding snow removal and work hard to …

David Short: When free speech is seen as ‘villainizing’

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: It is interesting that former Northampton police officer Andrew Trushaw’s opinions, expressed in the public forum of a newspaper, are not an exercise of free speech nor an “open and honest discourse,” while City Councilor Alisa Klein’s, expressed in a public rally, are deemed to …

Arthur R. Quinton: A WWII film gets the drama of Enigma code just right

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: Recently I was able to see “The Imitation Game,” a thoroughly enjoyable film that has nevertheless come under heavy criticism from reviewers and historians. They point to the distortions of the facts and it is true they have a strong case. One way to look …

David Kaufman: Send strong message that anti-Semitic vandalism is wrong

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the teens who were reported to have vandalized a neighborhood recently in Northampton: With all due respect to the city’s police department, it appears that officials view this act as random vandalism. My queston is, does the department (and the rest of us) know …