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Artist illustration of the MGM casino planned for Springfield.

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fair warning, voters of Massachusetts: As campaigns for and against casino gambling ratchet up in advance of a November ballot question, prepare to be smothered with arguments. The gambling industry spent millions to lobby lawmakers before the 2011 vote to allow three casinos and a slots parlor in the state. Certain players, notably MGM Resorts International in Springfield, have since … 1

Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We did most of our growing up in our nation’s capital after our family moved to … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals who write most of these letters aware that we, as a country, have laws, rules … 0

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Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs … 0

Eric Stahlberg III: On truth in applications and standard Northampton crosswalks

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Two recent city issues reported on by the Gazette where City Councilor Jesse Adams has taken a strong position are interesting — and while I don’t agree with him on both, I appreciate his argument. They both, in my opinion, tell a little of how … 0

Adam Fisher: Honey, I sold the kids

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Children are darling. Children are dear. But children are also expensive, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which noted in its latest child-rearing guestimations that considering what we’ve invested, my three kids should be worth … 0

Heidi Ehrenreich: Memories of a boy who loved the alien genius of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HATFIELD — I keep a stash of Robin Williams films ready to be popped into my VCR, yes VCR, for those times when nothing else will lift spirits up and transform my gloom with pure glee. Even though … 0

Editorial: Repeat violations suggest OSHA fines are toothless

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says contractors working in a former Easthampton mill failed repeatedly to guard against workplace injuries. It’s good the agency is monitoring job sites, since more than 4,000 Americans are killed in … 0

Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off track. This work will continue to demand close attention and … 0

Margaret Christie & Philip Korman: When local food producers go big

Monday, August 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — Demand for locally grown products by larger buyers, such as retailers, restaurants and institutions, is increasing in our region, and that is welcome news. A recent Gazette story, “Big food retailers going local,” highlighted the efforts of a few large buyers, BJ’s and Big Y, to … 0

A Gaza exchange: Gazette guest columnists debate issues of international law

Monday, August 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week on this page, the Gazette published guest columns by Howard Friel of Northampton (Aug. 11) and Mordechai Kamel of Easthampton (Thursday). Friel is an author and Kamel is a retired surgeon who now practices … 1

Editorial: On being poor and rich in these United States

Monday, August 18, 2014

To see how Americans are doing in today’s economy, the Federal Reserve went looking this past year in a place things are supposed to be OK: suburbia. Researchers more often study conditions in the inner city or the … 0

Sara Weinberger: A visit to family home the Holocaust took away

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I spent the evening of July 31 at Logan Airport, waiting to fly to Krakow, Poland, to join my daughter on a journey to discover my deceased mother’s past. My mother, Irena Schenker, grew up in a country that would lose about 3 million of its … 3