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John Howard: Plethora of incentives for investment in renewables

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: The pope’s encyclical needs to be supported by more incentives, but renewable energy tax credits and rebates come and go in an arbitrary way. For those considering an investment in renewables, it’s best to check federal, state, town, seller, installer and utility websites before any purchase and to get estimates and talk to equipment owners. Why should you get tax credits and rebates for renewables? For the …

Alice LaFleur: How an ‘angel’ came to Hadley woman’s aid

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: My sister told me once that there are angels on earth — and I believe her now. A few days ago, I put my foot on the floor and headed to the front door to unlock it, so others can get in. On turning around, I saw a trail of blood leading back to my chair. I immediately headed to …

Robert N. Brooks: Cooley Dickinson patients need to be heard

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: Concerning the Gazette’s recent interview with Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s new CEO, Joanne Marqusee, she indicates she has made a number of staff appointments (“new leadership team”) to improve the hospital’s quality of care. But there is one group that is rarely, if ever, consulted about their experiences at the hospital — patients! I don’t include those long, obtuse, forced choice …

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

John Coull: A call to do more to make Amherst bicyclists safe

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: I too bemoan the lack and condition of Amherst’s bike lanes. This, in a town that speaks of “complete streets” and values pollution reduction through decreased automobile use, is really a contradiction. It is remarkable that there are not more auto-bike encounter disasters. Much credit …

Randee Laikind: Funeral alliance can help consumers make tough choices

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the informative articles in the Gazette Saturday and Monday about our funeral home industry in Massachusetts. At a time of extreme emotion people have come to rely on the services of their funeral home staff to guide them in making some of …

Christine Mulcahy: Children’s book a good example of why testing doesn’t work

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: There is a wonderful children’s book by Heinz Janisch titled “I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear.” Throughout the story, this bear meets several different people, all of whom sense that the bear is worried, all of whom profess to have something to solve …

Lee Tonet: Proud of Hampshire Regional softball for its state title win

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: Wow, reading the account in Monday’s Gazette about the Hampshire Regional softball team winning the Division 2 state final last Saturday gave me a great deal of pride and happiness for them. Sunday morning I chanced upon a video “somewhere” on my iPhone of the …

David Keir: Smith Academy thanks Hopkins for well wishes in state finals

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: I opened my Gazette sports section last Friday to continue reading about the U.S Open, only to find a beautiful color advertisement wishing the Smith Academy Falcons baseball team good luck in the state finals on Saturday from the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. I cannot …

Susan Kennedy Marx: Juneteenth allowed Amherst to focus on oneness, amity

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: Nine people engaged in study and prayer in one of the most historic churches in this country were shot and killed last Wednesday, June 17. The recurring cycle of violence was unleashed on black and brown family and community members at the historic Emanuel A.M.E …

David Arbeitman: Greatly concerned Baker will gut regulations that protect state

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: I am concerned about Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order calling for a review of all existing regulations and the elimination of any state regulations that are more stringent than their federal counterparts. When it comes to our air, our water and our lands, Massachusetts has …

Norene Roberts: Directors of movie being filmed need a lesson in horses

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: Great idea to film some of “A Quiet Passion” in the area for authenticity. But in the hearse scene, the directors used the wrong breed of horses and the wrong tack. Draft horses for hearses and carriages? Heavy yokes and harnesses for plowing? Is this …

John A. O’Connor: Dog park on old state hospital land should survive

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: I attended the meeting at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that addressed the future of the 300-acre property in Northampton that was previously the grounds for the state hospital. I expected that this would be an occasion to entertain various sentiments for the use …

John Montanari: Vision for future on climate change already under way

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: While Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si’” has made headlines around the world, I strongly urge those concerned about climate change to read another recent document on the subject. Produced by an international group of 18 accomplished scientists, scholars and thinkers, “An Ecomodernist Manifesto” (www.ecomodernism.org) proceeds …