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Bruce Watson: 'North Dakota becomes a state ... no one knows why' In celebration of National Boredom Month, great moments in American ennui

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LEVERETT — First the bad news: Due to tedious circumstances, the opening ceremonies of National Boredom Month have been canceled. We boredom aficionados are mildly upset. Don’t we deserve another NFL Training Camp Roundup? Another Low-level City Official Speech-a-thon? Another Marathon Chair Slouch? But now the good news: This weekend, in lieu of the usual kickoff to August ennui, comes … 0

Editorial: 12 hours in jail that could have been avoided

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It would be simple to conclude that a judge misused his power in jailing Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant, for failing to pay a $508 debt. But closer examination reveals that the case is not so simple. While Judge Robert S. Murphy erred in putting him behind bars, Okoroafor also bears … 0

Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing … 0

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Michael Biegner: Please welcome the stranger, in this case the children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: We like to proclaim how this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Many of the same voices that proclaim the need for prayer in schools are the same ones now up in arms against the idea of using the Westover Air Reserve base to temporarily … 0

Martha Hanner: Vote for Berwick if you want to stop gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Are you concerned about the proposed gas pipeline that would tear up Clarkdale Farm’s peach orchard? Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, has announced his strong opposition to construction of the pipeline. He argues that investment in the pipeline would lock us into long-term dependence … 0

Patricia Holland: Kimball retiring from Jones Library; will be missed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: Oh, no. On Friday, Aug. 1, Tevis Kimball is retiring from the Jones Library. Tevis has been the curator of Special Collections there for some 15 years and was acting director of the Jones in 2010 and 2011. Of course, her magnificent museum display of … 0

Rosemary Kofler: Friends of Senior Center thanks Iraqi students

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: The Friends of the Amherst Senior Center extends praises and thanks to the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program and the 24 undergraduate students who came to Amherst. Not only did the students enthusiastically offer their assistance at the Senior Center by delivering meals to home-bound … 0

Darien Gardner: For those with chronic pain and illness, self-starvation just one method to end one’s life

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In most cases a pet owner is doing the good and right thing by having their beloved pet put down to save it from needless and lengthy suffering, and similarly, in most cases human beings are doing the good and right thing by ending their lives … 0

Editorial: No more hiring as usual at state probation office

Monday, July 28, 2014

The lesson in the guilty verdicts last week in the federal trial involving the state probation department’s rigged hiring scheme is this simple: Just because it has always been done this way doesn’t make it right. The case involved former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and his deputies, Elizabeth … 0

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the course of 18 days, the Israeli assault on Gaza cost over 1,000 Palestinian lives, with many thousands wounded. Gaza’s infrastructure has been pummeled — its water and sewer systems, its hospitals and its schools … 18

Wesley Blixt: Comparison in history for migrant children crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: The good folks who are pitching a fit over the placement of “migrant minors” in our communities are no better than the “good folks” who declined to give refuge or sanctuary to the Jews and others who fled the Nazis. I am aware that this … 0

Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: I’m watching closely to see the fate of an important animal protection bill that state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg will be a key decision-maker on, and I hope he does the right thing. Senate Bill 2232 would finally ban locking pigs and calves used by the … 0

Jesse Docter: Antibiotics fed to animals fuel public health crisis

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: One of the most dangerous public health crises in our nation can be quickly and easily resolved through executive action. Antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people each year. Antibiotic resistance is often attributed to over-prescription by our doctors. While this has certainly played a role in … 0