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Rabbi Justin David: The holy refuge of Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When people think of Yom Kippur, which beings Friday evening, phrases like “Most important Jewish holiday,” “Holiest day in the Jewish year” and “Day of Atonement” come to mind. The word “Kippur” actually refers to the literal practice of “atonement.” But actually, the rabbis who lived 2,000 years ago and created the form of Judaism we now practice defined Yom Kippur less by what it is, and more …

Amherst must confront lack of downtown parking

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amherst is facing a serious parking squeeze downtown and town officials must take a hard look at what the construction of two projects with 114 housing units — but few parking spaces — in the northern end of the town center will mean. A short distance up East Pleasant Street another 75-unit student housing building is going up, also with scant parking provided, …

Larry Parnass: Why the Gazette published a series on the planned death of Lee Hawkins

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Editors in the Gazette’s newsroom usually counsel reporters to “write tight” and respect readers’ time. Occasionally stories go long, though, and Laurie Loisel’s series last week about Lee Hawkins did. That brought some questions and complaints from readers. One reader told me she considered the amount of space dedicated to the …

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

Roger Guzowski: Join him in voting yes on Question 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Can we finally have a real discussion about expanding the bottle bill? For over a decade, I have watched this play out in the state Legislature like some sort of bad Civil War reenactment, with each side lining up in predictable skirmish lines and volleying …

Clare Higgins: The cost of not paying to protect children

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jeremiah Oliver is dead — his remains found months after the reports of his disappearance. The system that has been established in our state to protect children failed him. Months went by with no signs of this little boy. Finally, his body was discovered on the …

Clare Higgins: Investing in right start for America’s children

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We have a free public school system in our country that assures every child a seat. It doesn’t matter that the child just moved into the community, or has a special need, doesn’t speak English, or even that their parents don’t work. They don’t have to …

Clare Higgins: 'There's no prohibition against soaking people with low incomes' Why the Massachusetts casino law needs to be repealed

Monday, September 29, 2014

I’ve been known to buy a lottery ticket or two (or three…). When I was an underpaid early childhood educator, I would sometimes buy a scratch ticket. Only the $1 tickets and probably not more than once or …

Editorial: Tragedy of Ebola hits home in Hampshire County

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A local face was put on the terrible Ebola epidemic centered in West Africa with the news last week that a popular Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School drumming and dance teacher is grieving the deaths of …

Wikipedia grows up on campuses

Friday, September 26, 2014

A trusted bromide in academia is that you become a better student when you become a teacher. Something like that is happening at Wikipedia. The Internet encyclopedia has grown explosively since its creation in 2001, but it quickly earned a reputation as a Petri dish for misinformation. That’s …

Margaret Lobenstine: Time to lend a hand to area librarians

Friday, September 26, 2014

To the editor: Most of us in the Pioneer Valley feel like we live in a fair and caring community. Many of us love our libraries. However, one thing about at least one prominent library in our area, …

James Donnelly: Do unto others as walker, biker or driver would do unto you

Friday, September 26, 2014

To the editor: I drive more than I bike. I also walk and hike. I have found that there are bad drivers, bad bikers and bad pedestrians; I have encountered all of them while doing all three modes …

Janet Moulding: Forbes trustees thank grant’s anonymous donor

Friday, September 26, 2014

To the editor: The Trustees of Forbes Library would like to publicly acknowledge and thank an anonymous donor for providing a generous grant to preserve the library’s Outreach program which was at risk of being cut this year because of a funding shortfall. The Outreach program is a …

Editorial: A roadside attraction bows out on Amherst Town Common

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The information booth on the Amherst Town Common will soon be gone. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Director Donald Courtemanche says the little yellow shack that provided information to visitors for nearly 50 years will be missed, but …