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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 7 or more units in URC, 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 a similar street-scape. However, the new zoning does not require any consideration of the impact of … 0

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 Westover Air Force base to temporarily house children who seek refuge by openly crossing our nation’s southern border. But Gov. Deval Patrick’s … 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 on fossil fuels. Instead, we should focus on repairing the dangerous leaks in the existing … 0

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Pascual, thanks for your concern. It's really nothing more than a patience thing combined with (like you said caricatures) a true distaste...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Exactly!! Jdurf1 and others like him need to educate themselves on what is really happening over there. Thanks you, Vijay - as...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

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 fifteen 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 … 6

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

Gwen Agna: New play spaces will soon rise at Jackson Street School in Northampton

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the editor: As many of you have seen, our beloved and iconic wooden structure at Jackson Street School is now completely removed. We are saddened but also have wonderful memories of the years of play and community-building that this playground provided both our school and families in … 0

Ralph Dolan: Edwards’ faith reached beyond fire and brimstone

Monday, July 28, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of the columnist’s look at the life of 18th century preacher Rev. Jonathan Edwards. NORTHAMPTON — Jonathan Edwards was described as a “frail, scholarly” youth of 24 when he arrived in … 0