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CAROL LOLLIS
Ryan Tellier, a Northampton Police officer on bike patrol, talks to Benjamin Boliver while walking  Main Street Northampton Thursday morning.

City streets offer feast for cops and poets alike

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

From the shopkeeper unlocking her door in the day’s new light to the young women outside panhandling for cash, from the old guy enjoying a sidewalk cigarette to the Smithies laughing their way to the clubs, from the boy tossing a Frisbee to his dad in Pulaski Park to a couple trading angry barbs on Pleasant Street — every day … 0

Sara Weinberger:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two weeks ago, my daughter texted me, “What are you supposed to do when there is a siren?” Under ordinary circumstances, that would have been an odd question. My daughter, however, was texting from a hotel room in Jerusalem, where the sirens meant “Take shelter,” because Hamas was firing dozens upon dozens of long-range missiles at targets ranging from Eilat in … 1

Wishing that train would leave the station

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It’s standard procedure for a train approaching a railroad crossing to sound its whistle to alert the people who might be happening by. Too bad Pan Am Railways didn’t give similar consideration to the Northampton residents who recently found themselves surprised by a noisy, smelly and obnoxiously lit new neighbor. As part of … 1

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Wishing that train would leave the station

George Goodwin, Rhoda Honigberg: Huge stakes in upcoming election

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: “I wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here, so I could boycott it.” This was the sentiment expressed by a friend of ours recently. If the Senate falls into the hands of Republicans in November we can expect even greater restrictions on our rights. … 2

Karl W. Ryavec: Many reasons why military don’t show up

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: What many do not know is that leaving one’s duty station without permission can be rather common in the military. While on a destroyer escort in the Pacific during the 1950s I would always wonder, before every stint at sea, “Who will not show up … 0

Steve Funderburk: Pistorius murder trial belongs in news section

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: I note the Associated Press article about the status of the Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in the sports section along with Sox David Ortiz’s three-run homer and the tough week at Wimbleton for the ‘women’s side.’ I would urge that the Gazette, even if posting … 0

Stephanie Slysz: Supports Healey’s transparency on spending

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: In light of recent controversy over campaign finance and the call for reform, as an inquisitive voter I unearthed some discrepancies about Maura Healey and Warren Tolman’s People’s Pledge to ban outside spending in the Massachusetts Attorney General race. On May 29, Healey approached Tolman … 0

Northampton BID must win over critics

Friday, July 18, 2014

By the numbers, the “no” votes won the day in 2009 when downtown Northampton property owners considered launching a Business Improvement District. But that didn’t scuttle the BID, because reluctant property owners could simply opt out. Since then, guiding this effort to polish Northampton’s commercial center has been … 0

Pre-campaign hits and misses

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton reportedly plans to spend most of the summer in relative seclusion, after a month-long pre-campaign road test promoting her qualifications from being secretary of state and testing her stamina for a potential marathon ahead. But frenzied … 0

Susan Morrello: Gives praises for Amherst Taste recycling

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Amherst’s Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Amherst Committee, participating businesses and volunteer composting coaches. At the recent Taste of Amherst, you collectively diverted approximately six tons of compostable “trash” from ending up in landfills or from being incinerated. Instead, it went to … 0

Suzanne Forman: Generosity, caring by Ted’s greatly appreciated

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: On Saturday I drove to Northampton and parked in the parking garage in order to buy my daughter some shoes at Ted’s Boot Shop. We spent about ten minutes in the store and left with my daughter sporting some new sandals. When the search through … 0

Danielle Letourneau-Therrien:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” … 0

Carolyn Cave: UUSA invites folks to come see the restored window

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Dear Amherst friends and neighbors, The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA) would like to thank the community for supporting the restoration of the beautiful “Angel of the Lilies” Tiffany stained glass window. With the support of the Historical Commission and very generous CPA funding … 0