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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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Roger Conant: Advises pedestrians to walk along roadways facing traffic

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: Yet another avoidable pedestrian death. The Gazette recently reported about a lawsuit in the wake of an incident last year in which a pedestrian walking her bike was hit from behind and killed. A few years back I kept a one-year tally, which revealed that …

Michael Biegner: Shooting reminds us we need to find way out of our anger

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: It was a murder in the cathedral. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Ty Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Mira Thompson and Daniel Simmons. They wanted to pray. They wanted to understand the scriptures. That was all they wanted that evening. Please, …

Karin Olsson: Learn from history about what’s best for public health

Saturday, June 20, 2015

To the editor: In the words of Yogi Berra, it feels like “deja vu all over again.” I’m dismayed to read that discussions about legalizing marijuana have not yet addressed the hazards of second-hand smoke, especially on vulnerable populations (e.g. the young, elders, and people with a host …

Joseph Curran: Hey regulators, leave our bodies to ourselves

Saturday, June 20, 2015

To the editor: Progressives who are giddily embracing the government’s new ban on trans fats should think twice. This new regulation, which was implemented without a single vote from an American voter or congressional representative, breaks new ground in coercive paternalism. Yes, it does appear that this type …

Tom Davies: Bike lanes are fiction, not fact, on Amherst street

Saturday, June 20, 2015

To the editor: North East Street in Amherst does not have true bike lanes. If you go looking for them, it’s possible to find a few feet here and there of very faded remnants from bike lane markings from the last century, but you have to look hard …

Michael Tiskus: Is pond’s flag display still the right call?

Friday, June 19, 2015

To the editor: During Easthampton’s recent Cultural Chaos day, I finally got a chance to visit our new pond promenade. I was surprised at how much it adds to the Nashawannuck Pond. Its quality construction and attractiveness create a strong enticement to walk over, pause and enjoy the …

John Gerber: Valley farmers provide great examples of how to treat animals

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: I agree with the headline of a recent letter to the editor, “Good animal husbandry on view daily at farms.” Our Pioneer Valley farmers, 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America members provide some of the rare exceptions to the typical treatment of animals that …

Bill McKee: Fixing Plain St. in Easthampton should take priority over pond

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: Is there anyone out there who thinks that being able to drive down Plain Street (an annual embarrassment) without blowing out a tire or braking an axle is more important than making the corner of a pond look pretty? Bill McKee Easthampton …

Alex Ghiselin: City needs to create guidelines for stormwater projects

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Department of Public Works has started to repair and replace the city’s storm drains. This invisible but vital network has been neglected for decades as the city struggled with the austerity that came with the cap on property taxes and dwindling state aid. …