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Stephanie Gelfan: College students should pay for ambulance, fire services

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: A simple first step to addressing the problem of Amherst town ambulance and fire services being overburdened by intoxicated students would be to directly and fully charge any student who has gotten an ambulance ride to the hospital due to excessive drinking or drugging, and then have the university withhold that student’s grades until those bills are fully paid. The students get the necessary rides and treatment. …

John Silvestro: Praises WMECO for response to downed power lines

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Close to midnight on Saturday I was quite startled when I heard a thunderous thud outside my home, followed by a loss of electric power. I ran to my window in Hadley and saw the power lines down on my street along with the utility pole that had supported the wires straddling the middle of the road. I went outside …

Roger Guzowski: Join him in voting yes on Question 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Can we finally have a real discussion about expanding the bottle bill? For over a decade, I have watched this play out in the state Legislature like some sort of bad Civil War reenactment, with each side lining up in predictable skirmish lines and volleying the same tired arguments at each other with predictable results. Now that the expansion of …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Asher Brookes: School lunches should offer a proper nutritional example

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning again to school lunches. Traditionally, the U.S.D.A. has used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third …

C.L. Dick: Amherst doing more than its fair share for UMass

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: No matter how large the town of Amherst is, we need smart, sustainable, esthetic and creative solutions with the needs of all citizens in mind. Why does the state university system put 30,000 students in a town the size of Amherst, when cities like Lowell …

Jon Lackman: Gaza crisis demands ‘intellectual humility’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: Many recent letters concerning Gaza reek of moral certitude. We are taught in school to advance one position, to invoke counter arguments only to rout them, with some good reason, but this conflict demands nuance and reservation. It is millennia-old and in the last century …

David Starr: Time for Northampton to ban plastic bags, Styrofoam cups

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: One path to minimize Northampton’s contributions to climate change is to reduce its contributions to landfills by 90 percent — 30 percent from increased recycling rates, 30 percent from increased composting and 30 percent from fewer purchases and less packaging. The numbers are impressive but …

Graham Gal: Of corporations, free speech and rights

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: While the Sept. 2 column by Jay Fleitman asks what rights plaintiffs seek to protect in the Hobby Lobby case, perhaps an equally important question is what rights that company has that should be protected. Corporations are formed to allow for a separation of the …

Osa Flory: League’s book sale not possible without generous volunteers

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton League of Women Voters will hold its 65th annual book sale Sept. 27 at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Help from the public has been amazing. In just six weeks, 12,000 books were donated at Forbes Library and at Cooper’s Corner. …

Michael Lawrence Levine: Questioning a lot of recent positivity in Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: How wonderful to have a positive town manager in Amherst whose immediate reflex is to support anyone and everyone in town government before performing the slightest analysis of the facts and data. His recent reflexive support of the planning office director is positively positive. I’m …

Joshua Mintzer: Initiative process is a vital check for Massachusetts citizens

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I must take exception to a letter published Sept. 4 attacking the fundamental, Constitutional right of citizens to issue initiative petitions. It is far from the “frontal attack on American representative democracy,” as the author describes in a most alarmist tone. Instead, the process serves …

Linda Rowley: Bicyclists do not belong in roundabout’s crosswalk

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I have a message for the woman who almost ran into my car last week while riding a bicycle in the pedestrian crosswalk at the roundabout in front of Look Park. I strongly recommend you …

Alan Lipp: Thoughts for when the world seems insane

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: The world is too much with me, Wordsworth’s words echo in me, now laden with new weight. Another man is beheaded; an unarmed boy is shot by the police, his body left for six hours …