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Lori Allen: A family center at risk in Belchertown

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — “These kids today! What are we gonna do with them?” We have all heard this statement often enough and perhaps even said it ourselves. As silly and cliche as it may be, we do worry about our children and how they are going to grow up and navigate this modern, and sometimes harsh world. Sending our children out into the world and hoping they make smart choices starts … 0

Editorial: A father-daughter bond that ended far too soon

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wednesday morning at 10, people who loved Edward Daniel McGrath Jr. and his daughter, Brittany Danielle McGrath, gather in Northampton to attempt what must seem impossible: Accept that this doting dad and loving child, joined for a late-summer motorcycle ride and both in love with partners who appreciated their unique ways, died because … 0

Patty Kimura: Disagrees with columnist on Gov. Perry case

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I must respond to the guest column by Jay Ambrose (Gazette, Aug. 22), who suggests there is something noble and worthy in the defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is charged with two felonies by a Texas grand jury. I found his claim stunning. Since Perry did not demand the resignations of two other prosecutors also convicted of a … 0

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Bernadette and Emlen Jones: They’re voting for Berwick for governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: We met Don Berwick recently at a gathering in Amherst. He is running along with Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman for governor in the Democratic primary Sept. 9. We were so impressed we wanted to contact our friends and neighbors and encourage them to check … 0

Sidney Moss: Wants Berwick to be next governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I want a governor who has a populist approach emphasizing social justice, equality and compassion. I believe that Dr. Don Berwick will be that governor. His strong stance for single-payer medical care for Massachusetts can be a reality, reflecting his administrative leadership of the U.S. … 0

Mayor David J. Narkewicz: Northampton mayor will be voting for Grossman

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: On Tuesday, I will proudly cast my vote in the Democratic primary for Steve Grossman to be our next governor. Steve has a proven record as a progressive leader and job creator, whether as CEO of his successful family business or as our state treasurer. … 0

Editorial: Tree canopy a resource worth city’s time, effort

Monday, September 1, 2014

It doesn’t take a math whiz to see that if Northampton has lost 500 public shade trees since 2006 but planted only 242 replacements, its tree canopy is headed for trouble. Officials and residents concerned about the health … 0

Jay Fleitman: Rights and the Hobby Lobby case

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A letter to the editor appealed to fellow Democrats to contribute to Democratic candidates for Senate outside of Massachusetts. The writer was concerned about the impact of a Republican-controlled Senate on the future of Supreme Court nominees. The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby … 0

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Essay: What we did on our summer vacations. … The nation’s smoldering seams of inequality, injustice, unequal treatment under the law and unresolved racism roiling our society-in-denial violently erupted, again. … Methane vents are fracturing the northern regions as the polar ice vanishes and the tundra … 4

Editorial: When a crowd helps tell Northampton’s story

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A project early last May in Northampton sent 100 people scurrying around the city with cameras. What they captured, in a 48-hour hunt for images of city life, hasn’t had time to cure, so these photographs can’t be … 0

Joseph R. Blasi: American labor must recover its lost fair share of economic gains

Sunday, August 31, 2014

For Labor Day, let’s talk bluntly about labor’s fair share of the profits and of the productivity of the economy. The hard truth is that labor, meaning the middle class, is not receiving its fair share. There is no clear-cut reversal of the middle class’s declining fortunes in … 0

Editorial: New UMass football coach Mark Whipple faces many challenges in his return

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mark Whipple begins his second era as the University of Massachusetts football coach Saturday afternoon just as he began the first in 1998 — leading a team for which there are low expectations because of recent poor play. To the surprise of many then, Whipple turned around a … 0

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Perhaps you are counting on technological solutions to our environmental woes. So imagine an invention, a brilliant machine, that can transport people and their favorite belongings and their children and their groceries; that’s great for your health instead of causing asthma and obesity; that doesn’t emit … 3