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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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William Brown: Public funds should not be diverted to charter schools

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: In a Feb. 19 letter, a Northampton resident appears to misunderstand the mission of the Northampton High School PTO. He writes, “... Northampton PTO should not be against charter schools.” The PTO’s goal is not to represent all families, but to “enrich our students’ educational …

Jane Michaelson: A president doesn’t need a college degree to be successful in life

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

To the editor The media is making fun of Scott Walker for running for president when he didn’t graduate college. We elected a person who graduated from Columbia and Harvard universities, yet he has run our country into disarray. Maybe it’s more important to be a decent person …

Mehrene Larudee: Netanyahu speech repeated old list of misleading claims

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

To the editor: In his March 3 speech before Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the same old list of highly misleading claims. In fact, Iran has a right to enrich uranium enough to provide peaceful nuclear energy under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 2013, 30 other …

Bill Knittle: Appreciates paper highlighting businesses run by families

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

To the editor: I thought your local business section Feb. 22 was an enjoyable read and very interesting. Though I grew up in Northampton and worked in the Valley for years, I still learned a lot about some local, family-run businesses that I didn’t know. I appreciated learning …

Michael Daley: Fleitman’s vision of utopia skewed when it comes to snow plowing

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

To the editor: Jay Fleitman’s vision of utopia as expressed in his “The Right Mind” column March 3 begs further scrutiny about city snow plowing. If dissatisfied, Fleitman and his neighbors have every right to hire a private snow removal company. Fleitman’s chosen company could carefully follow the …

Richard S. Stein: In the era of text messaging, email remains vital for many

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

To the editor: There has been speculation that texting and similar programs that permit real-time exchange of short messages will lead to the end of email. I believe email has a special function and will persist, though it does have problems that we should fix. For many of …

Alan Shaler: Guinness makes an ale called stout, not a type of beer

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

To the editor: The recipe for Guinness Irish stew in the Feb. 27 issue of Hampshire Life looks interesting, and I am going to try it. However, there is one problem. The recipe calls for a 12-ounce bottle of Guinness beer. As anyone who knows anything about malt …

Ann Sloan: Some observations about police shootings in Missouri, NYC

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

To the editor: I have read most of the articles and letters on the killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. The newspaper articles report only the sensational aspect. That’s what sells newspapers. The media does not report all the facts. Would we be outraged if we …

Mary Hayden Hall: State of Israel should focus on spiritual aims

Monday, March 9, 2015

To the editor: It has been said that the U.S. is a Christian country. It has also been said that the first statement is incorrect, that we do not have a state religion because we found that having one did not work for us. From this discussion, we …

Don McQuillan: Despite columnist’s complaints, DPWs do great job plowing snow

Monday, March 9, 2015

To the editor: As a Southampton resident, I feel a deep appreciation for Department of Public Works employees who work through the night keeping my streets clear. Reading Jay Fleitman’s March 3 column in the Gazette about his plight with city snowplows was enlightening and certainly a different …