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Wendi Weinberg: Natural gas story as confusing as charges on electric bills

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Huh? Forty-two years ago I did quite well on my SATs for reading comprehension, so I don’t think this is just me. After reading a Feb. 20 article in the Gazette about National Grid and Access Northeast’s project to increase natural gas supplies, I am left with no more clarity than before I read it. The author is listed as “combined sources,” so I cannot give one …

Caleb Warren: Reader takes issue with Kakos column on Isis ‘extremists’

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: Regarding Rev. Peter Kakos’ Feb. 24 guest column, “‘Terror’ more than semantics,” he solved a riddle that has perplexed me — namely, why does ISIS do what it does in the name of Islam? Apparently it is because the U.S. populace, post-9/11, was “manipulated” by our former administration — unmentioned were 99 out of 100 senators who went along with …

Leigh Dunlap: Mother angered by man’s street harassment toward daughter

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: So apparently at least one male in Northampton hasn’t seen the memo (or the YouTube videos) regarding the street harassment of women. My 14-year-old daughter was walking in town with her friend Tuesday afternoon on their way for a slice of pizza. A man some distance from them started waving to them. They didn’t recognize him so they ignored his …

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Nonny Burack & and Susan Phillips: Who will stand with us for the trees?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: We view with dismay a looming conflict of interest between solar advocates and what mind be termed treedom. We hope with all our hearts that the value and necessity of trees will always be balanced when considering the benefit of solar energy. This past summer, …

Ted White: Dorie Goldman death a huge community loss

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: Amherst resident Dorie Goldman’s death in a hiking accident is tragic. She was deeply committed to sustainability and was a very visible and inspiring role model. Her backyard bakery business invoked her in buying and grinding local grains to bake her delicious breads and she …

Maureen Armstrong: Planned Parenthood cartoon mean-spirited

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: Your recent Planned Parenthood cartoon is very misleading. It pictures an ugly woman and an ugly Obama supposedly giving cash to her. Everyone should know that he doesn’t handle it personally and it is not for abortions. We have strict oversight for the funds to …

Diana Stein: Planned Parenthood cartoon disgusting

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: I was nauseated by the disgusting cartoon the Gazette published Jan. 27. It showed Obama giving money for a new embryotomy scissors to Planned Parenthood. First, the goal of Planned Parenthood is for men and women to be treated for many conditions and to be …

Rev. Peter Kakos: Cartoon gets issue of Guantanamo entirely wrong

Monday, February 2, 2015

To the editor: For a paper that helps its readers become more informed about issues vital to our nation and world, I was shocked by the Jan. 28 editorial cartoon depicting President Obama as a circus barker selling, at a bargain-price, a handcuffed, assumedly evil-minded prisoner of Guantanamo. …

Claudia Lefko: A neighborhood residents says questions about Valley CDC project deserve answers

Friday, January 30, 2015

By CLAUDIA LEFKO NORTHAMPTON — Where is reasonable discourse? Am I to believe that if I have questions about the affordable housing project proposed by the Valley CDC that I am on the wrong side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as cited by former Mayor Clare Higgins …

Frederick Becklo: Shame on President Obama’s historical incompetence

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Our country has been irreversibly damaged by President Obama’s historic incompetence ( both domestically and in foreign policy), his adolescent petulance and, in this writer’s opinion, a sense of entitlement that knows no boundaries. Frederick Becklo Florence …

Rainier Jewett: An urgent plea to save the planet’s animals

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing because I am very worried about the animals on our planet right now. I am actually kind of panicking because I can’t do anything about it by myself, and I am trying to get people’s attention. Humans on the planet are polluting …

Sidney Moss: We must get behind bill helping Postal Service

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vermont, has recently proposed an amendment to a bill pending in the full Senate co-sponsored by both of our state U.S. senators. This bill would impose a two-year moratorium on the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to eliminate up to 15,000 decent-paying …

William Brezinski: We should honor ‘Risky’ Case for her dedication

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Hampshire County has lost an intrepid hero. Ethel “Risky” Case, emeritus of Greenfield Community College has died. Her historical struggles have formed the foundations of labor rights, community education for all, and in her final years, recognition of Americans over age 50. “Risky” recognized a …