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Will this become Scotland’s independence day?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: James Pentland, a native Scot and the Gazette’s night editor, offers thoughts on Scotland’s independence vote, to be taken Thursday. Today, in deciding whether to break up the United Kingdom and become an independent nation, voters in Scotland face the most momentous choice in the 307-year history of the Union. There have been two previous referendums on greater autonomy for Scotland in recent decades, but neither came close …

Dillon Sussman: Why some Valley residents choose to walk in the middle of the street

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the joys of being a land planner is that what I learn at work helps me understand how communities function and why people act the way they do. Here’s an example: A year ago I moved from one neighborhood to another in the same city — Northampton. One of …

On school grounds, safety matters more than pet access

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst Superintendent Maria Geryk was right to ban dogs — unless they stay in the car — from school property during school hours. No matter how passionately dog owners vouch for their pets’ good behavior, there’s always the risk that an animal will lose control and injure someone. Geryk needs to make sure children under her watch are protected. Even if they don’t …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Cynthia Clayton Parent: End-of-life decisions must not be compromised

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: I write in response to your recent headline: “On her terms: Lee Hawkins dies peacefully — as planned — in Northampton home at 90.” Many people will agree that the “as planned” is a great step forward in exercising our individual rights as Americans. However, …

Arielle Ortiz: CASA volunteers make a difference in children’s lives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced in a short life. These moves can mean changing schools and leaving a town that feels familiar and the only …

Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Natural gas pipeline opponents dig in for long fight against Kinder Morgan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CUMMINGTON — What have we learned since January, when landowners across Massachusetts started receiving knocks on their doors from Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline land agents with requests to survey land? Affected landowners, concerned citizens, nonprofits and officials at all levels of government have networked with allies across …

Editorial: Connecting UMass research with real-world uses

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little-known office at the University of Massachusetts hopes that good and lucrative things can come in small packages — like molecules and microorganisms. There’s money to be made, and that’s a motivation. But work pursued within the …

Adam Fisher: The timeless appeal of the unvarnished truth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At a time when my daughter was not much taller than a door handle, the two of us would sometimes walk to a nearby park in Springfield where we lived. My daughter had pretty much gotten …

Peter Ives & Jenny Fleming-Ives: Scotland’s judgment day nears on independence from Great Britain

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For years we have been returning to Scotland every other summer to visit Jenny’s family and our many Scottish friends. Scotland is the place we first met in 1969 and where we were married in 1971 …

Editorial: Students stand as witnesses to America’s race problem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cherita Moore is a junior at the University of Massachusetts. Last week, she joined a procession through the Amherst campus to make the point that black Americans face unequal treatment from police. Moore and 75 others gathered Sept. 10 because a month and a day earlier, in Ferguson, …

Natalia Muñoz: Community caring physicians shrinks with practice’s closing

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: Due to burdens imposed by the health insurance companies, solo practitioners like Dr. Shelley Berkowitz find themselves with impossible cost increases. It is a loss for our community when someone of her caliber, closes the practice. She is an extraordinary physician who listens and asks …

Stuart Krantz: One person, one vote must remain American way

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: The amount of money a person owns must not dictate how much speech a person can have. In the United States of America, each person must have one vote and not use their corporate money as a way to have more speech We must amend …