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Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing a similar street-scape. However, the new zoning does not require any consideration of the impact of seven or more (it could be 30) units on existing parking, traffic, congestion and green space in a neighborhood. Furthermore, though the proposed zoning change emerged from Northampton’s 2008 Sustainability Plan, it does not provide any … 0

Michael Biegner: Please welcome the stranger, in this case the children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: We like to proclaim how this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Many of the same voices that proclaim the need for prayer in schools are the same ones now up in arms against the idea of using the Westover Air Reserve base to temporarily house children who seek refuge by openly crossing our nation’s southern border. But Gov. Deval … 0

Martha Hanner: Vote for Berwick if you want to stop gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Are you concerned about the proposed gas pipeline that would tear up Clarkdale Farm’s peach orchard? Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, has announced his strong opposition to construction of the pipeline. He argues that investment in the pipeline would lock us into long-term dependence on fossil fuels. Instead, we should focus on repairing the dangerous leaks in the existing … 0

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Personally, I can’t see why anyone but the insurance industry would come out against a single payer system. The insurance industry, by...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Charles LaPiene: Liberal reaction to Hobby Lobby 'hysterical' 'Why place the burden on me for their choice?

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: Readers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette who moaned and groaned piously at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision should think about their hysterical reaction. To imply, as they have done, that the decision is “really … 14

William Jastromb: Uninformed voters a threat to America’s future

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: One debate raging in the U.S. is a joy to witness. No, it is not the debate between the progressive and liberal Democratic Party and the do-nothing and know-nothing Republican Party. The debate is between the Republican Party and the tea party as respective political … 3

Sally Pick: ‘Compromise’ bill takes wrong turn on photovoltaics

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MONTAGUE — I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity produced by photovoltaics. Massachusetts House Bill 4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses and community solar — endangering local jobs and limiting … 2

William and Norma Coli: Bill before House would reduce affordability of PV systems in Massachusetts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHARLEMONT — We are disappointed with the recent release of House 4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that is co-chaired by state Sen. Benjamin Downing. Our disappointment starts with the back-room approach that seems to have been taken, whereby large … 0

MaryAnn Grim: Public comment policy in Amherst in place since 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to your recent editorial regarding the public comment portion of the June 24 joint Amherst, Pelham and Amherst Regional School Committees meeting: School committee meetings are not public forums — they are working meetings with usually very full agendas. For this reason, School … 1

Al Griggs: Agrees with editorial on nonprofits in area

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I write to commend you for the editorial on July 9 that highlighted the importance of leaders and leadership of nonprofits in our region. I was particularly pleased that you wrote about Lora Wondolowski and the excellent job she is doing as executive director of … 0

Henry W. Rosenberg: ‘Hell on wheels’ — where the term comes from

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: Residents of North Street and Market Street are not the first people to question the presence of a railroad workers’ camp. They might be interested to know the origin of the expression “hell on wheels.” In the 1860s when the transcontinental railroad was being constructed, … 0

Lee Sproull, Tess Poe: Thanks for Home Magazine article on quilting

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editors: Thank you for running the article “Modern Quilters Put a Fresh Spin on an Old Tradition” in this month’s Home Magazine. Many readers may not know that the national Modern Quilt Guild’s Los Angeles roots have reached Northampton: our local chapter, the Northampton Modern Quilt … 0

Jan Klausner-Wise: Hoping initiative will help Amherst heal wounds

Friday, July 11, 2014

To the editor: I have lived in Amherst for 41 years. In all that time I cannot recall a more polarizing and toxic climate in town. Many of the issues the schools are now tackling are ones that were addressed in the 1990s by the board of the … 3

Katie Olmstead: Some suggestions for slowing Nonotuck traffic

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To the editor: I live on Nonotuck Street in Northampton, one of the streets that has a reputation for speeding. Drivers come from the high school where it is a 35 mph zone and speed up instead of slowing down when they crest the hill that is the … 0