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Jeff Zesiger: Traffic light still causing backups on Damon Road

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I had time to wonder about the long line of cars on Damon Road as I sat waiting for the new light to turn at Industrial Drive. There may be an easy solution for the traffic that backs up there. The light is set to stay red for traffic coming from the bridge even when traffic entering from Industrial Drive also has a red light. The same …

Peggy B. Anderson: Bicycle path signs near Notch cause confusion

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: This time I am not writing about the things which are at the top of my list, such as our need to truly address climate change by not using dirty, fracked gas in new pipelines when we need to be addressing our energy needs via renewable resources. Nor am I writing about my current number-two desire to see a reduced …

Carolyn Ahearn: Salaries of nonprofit executives serve to undermine their mission

Friday, April 17, 2015

To the editor: I am responding to an April 2 Gazette article detailing a Clinical and Support Options workers rally over contract negotiations in Northampton. Karin Jeffers, CSO’s president and chief executive officer, is quoted as saying, “We do feel we’ve given them a fair offer. We can’t find more money to be able to put on the table.” Yet according to publicly …

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Gordon F. Beebe: Pease and Gay sale another funeral home debacle

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to our local Gazette, my bible for accurate news, I read about the sale of Pease and Gay Funeral Home. Having a paid upon death contract dating back to Dec. 6, and hoping for a phone call or letter, neither happened. I believe former …

Monday, April 6, 2015

To the editor: It’s a great idea to put the Recreation Department in the same building as the Council on Aging so people of all ages can access activities and services in the same place. When the center was in its planning stages many people hoped and worked …

Norman Spencer: Does Pulaski Park really need an overhead sign?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

To the editor: A photo of the proposed entrance to a renovated Pulaski Park was printed on Page A4 of the Weekend Gazette on March 21-22. It shows an overhead sign at the sidewalk edge, facing Main Street which reads, “Pulaski Park.” The sign would read in mirror …

Gabor Lukacs: Many benefits to be found by ‘eating local’

Sunday, April 5, 2015

To the editor: As California is dealing with an historic drought and our weather pattern becomes less and less predictable, I am sitting with the simple and powerful idea of eating local food. About a month ago I read with great interest a guest column by John Gerber, …

Neil Jones: Hadley diner closing devastating to employees

Sunday, April 5, 2015

To the editor: The Route 9 Diner in Hadley was hit by an Internet tsunami. No recovery was possible and the diner is closed. Clearly, a huge Internet factor propelled this. But at what cost today? Current workers lose their jobs and what had been a viable business …

Lynn Newdome: Ready to join call for ‘utility fairness’

Sunday, April 5, 2015

To the editor: As an electricity consumer feeling utterly helpless about escalated rates, I appreciate the Gazette’s coverage of this issue. I’ve been suspicious that this winter’s hugely increased rates are part of the electricity industry’s ploy to manipulate its customers into accepting the proposed natural gas pipeline. …

Chris Riddle:

Friday, April 3, 2015

To the editor: I recently read Rebecca Reid’s Earth Matters column in the March 28-29 Gazette, headlined, “Regardless of what we think, we’re all climate deniers.” It reminded me of a letter in the March 23 issue that ran under the headline, “Beware of Bill McKibben and his …

Susan Farrell: Granite step repair at condos a bad use of CPA funds

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Editor’s note: The Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday declined to recommend funding the granite step project at the former Union Street jail. To the editor: Thank you for the Gazette’s editorial regarding the use of Community Preservation Act funds in Northampton. When I first read the article about …

Richard M. Clifford Sr.: U.S. move to reveal Israel’s nuclear program unfortunate

Thursday, April 2, 2015

To the editor: Some time back I read a letter to the editor from a reader, who, after the Israeli prime minister addressed Congress, wanted to know what Israel’s nuclear arsenal consisted of. And why they won’t reveal it. Well that speech and the prime minister’s re-election has …

Joanne Lastowski

Thursday, April 2, 2015

To the editor: I opened my most recent water bill today and experienced what I can only term as “sticker shock.” Not only had the stormwater fee been tacked on, but water and sewer bills continue to be high. Most of my friends had the same reaction. It …