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Dayne Tracy: MGM should pay fine, run from its Springfield deal

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to the Sept. 30 editorial in the Gazette regarding the planned casino in Springfield. If I was MGM, I would pay the fine, and run, not walk, away from this deal. My reasons for feeling this way are simply based on current trends in the casino business. My wife and I used to take junket flights from Westover to Atlantic City on …

Joel B. Levine: When it comes to pipeline fight, remember ‘No Nukes’ movement

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

To the editor: Having followed the detailed coverage of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project in your publication, some things are increasingly becoming apparent. First, there is a lot of money to be made by the corporate interests should this project come to fruition, certainly from the export of the natural gas that appears to be the primary purpose of this project. Yes there …

Ruth Ever: Plenty of local resources to support healthy youth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the two-page spread in the Sept. 23 Gazette about how informed parents are the best prevention. Parents should also know about the local prevention coalitions that are great resources, in addition to the national online sources you listed. Easthampton, South Hadley, Greenfield, Gill-Montague, Springfield and Northampton all have Drug-Free Communities grants from the federal government and collaborate …

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Rachel Wysoker: A call to visit independent shops like Serio’s Market

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: Fifteen months have passed since Christina Cavallari, the beloved owner of Serio’s Market, died unexpectedly on May 30, 2014. At the time, there was an outpouring of support for the business and for Gary Golec, Chris’s husband and business partner of 25 years. Like most …

Tamar Fields and Norbert Goldfield: Glad that Markey, Warren supported Iran nuclear deal

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: The U.S. Senate has voted to uphold the nuclear deal with Iran despite efforts from Republican senators to derail it. News websites and talk radio shows have been full of commentary about the agreement, which will successfully limit that country’s nuclear capabilities. With all that …

Jack Tulloss: A call on Belchertown chief to step and apologize for actions

Friday, September 25, 2015

To the editor: Francis Fox Jr. What’s a community to do? You’re the guy who is supposed to lead by example. Accused of behavior that is dangerous and illegal and stupid and now embarrassing, but, fortunately, not fatal. Step up. In the words of Sgt. Hulka in the …

Tom Baker: ‘Molten Salt’ reactors can play role in carbon-free energy future

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: Thanks for the recent coverage warning of catastrophic sea level rise in the near future should humanity decide to continue on its reckless path of burning fossil fuels. James Hansen and his colleagues have provided a study based on paleoclimatology, computer models and actual observations …

Emmett Barcalow: Kentucky clerk’s comparison to Gandhi, King off base

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: Supporters of Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who resists issuing marriage license to gay couples, compare her favorably to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. But Gandhi and King resisted authority to protect other people from having their fundamental human rights violated. …

Rev. Cynthia Stahler: US should welcome refugees, make immigration laws fair

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: In reading about the desperate Syrians fleeing for their lives, I want to support the United States and especially Massachusetts in welcoming refugees. We also need to reform our immigration laws. Currently, refugees can lose their legal resident status in the United States if they …

Michael DiPasquale: City making strides in safer road designs, but drivers can help too

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: I was happy to see two recent letters in the Gazette calling attention to the serious issue of road safety. One writer laments an unpainted downtown crosswalk that is barely visible. The other describes a new driver’s experience with impatient motorists wanting her to drive …

Bob Dickerman: Berkshire Gas has another way to meet peak demand

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To the editor: Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley has been reported as saying there would be no emissions at pipeline compressor stations, other than an occasional release of methane. This is untrue for several reasons. First, compressor station turbines, such as those planned for Northfield, would burn about …

Rosemary Oliver: Kim Davis more akin to George Wallace than Rosa Parks

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

To the editor: Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who defied the Supreme Court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, presents herself as a victim simply trying to abide by the dictates of her conscience. The Constitution grants her this right. She acts on “God’s authority.” Curious …

Anna Quan: Use of free supplemental meal program proves there’s a need

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

To the editor: Amherst Community Connections provided a free community meal on Labor Day, Sept. 7, the first official date in its Supplemental Meal Assistance program. Attendance greatly exceeded expectations when 37 people came. The program provides meals for homeless and low-income community members on days with no …