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Ed Gregory: A very special, and sluggish, delivery

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You’ve heard the phrase “snail mail.” Well, believe it! I recently purchased a relatively expensive book online from Northampton and arranged for delivery to my home in Greenfield. Big deal, right? You bet it is! I offer the following authentic tracking data of the item from the Florence post office. Before reading the account, keep in mind that Florence is only 20.7 miles from Greenfield; about 25 minutes …

Michael Goldman: A cross-country ski destination of the heart

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FLORENCE — I can understand the practicality of cross-country skiing. I mean, if the neighboring village were running low on a crucial medicine, or if the tribe were running out of meat and the nearest caribou herd were five miles away, I would be the first to don my skis. But to flail across an icy lake, parts of my body soaked in …

Editorial: Amherst arrestee’s cellphone video offers chilling view of police conduct

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before Thomas C. Donovan’s cellphone video went dead March 8, it captured an alarming sequence of events: Donovan backing up. Police officers coming toward him. Donovan asserting his right to record police conduct. An officer knocking the phone from his hand. Another officer stomping on it. In a civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, the University of Massachusetts …

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Rev. Peter Kakos: Use of word ‘terror’ is about more than semantics

Monday, February 23, 2015

FLORENCE — Those who criticize President Obama’s intentional avoidance of the word “terrorists” to describe ISIL (choosing instead to say “Islamic extremists”), have at the least done us a service by raising a crucial point: How we describe our enemy has consequences. Words matter, for they not only …

Elizabeth Albertson: Opposes use of webcam by Easthampton Police

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was dismayed to read in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that the Easthampton Police Department would be installing a webcam at the intersection of Cottage and Union streets and Payson and Williston avenues. What is to stop someone — a police officer, a municipal employee, …

Paul M. Craig: Weighing the impact of the three-fifths compromise

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: It is sometimes said, because of the so-called three-fifths compromise, that the U.S. Constitution made black people three-fifths human. While this interpretation is not strictly accurate, it does reflect deeper concerns about black people that were clearly understood when our Constitution was written. The three-fifths …

Alan Scheinman: BID opponent explains stance toward holiday lights donation

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was against the BID because I knew that membership would become mandatory. I also knew that the BID petition, and its eventual adoption, were so flawed that not to complain would invite more abuse in city government. The BID did become mandatory, and a …

Nancy Rexford & Kiki Smith: New reality, new ideas enliven Historic Northampton

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton is very grateful to the Gazette’s Dan Crowley and to WHMP’s Bill Newman for helping us talk to the community about our financial difficulties — and to the Gazette for its editorial on our …

Editorial: State must clear backlog in food stamps applications

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An essential piece of the nation’s safety net — food assistance to low-income individuals and families — may be fraying in Massachusetts. Though the Bay State was once one of the fastest to process applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, it is now among the slowest, data …

Jim Foudy: How the late David Carr both analyzed and embodied modern media

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is hard to lose a hero. New York Times media reporter David Carr was one of mine and his passing last week at 58 leaves a big hole. I considered his Media Equation column a must-read. He wrote about publishing, television and the impact of …

Editorial: Workers shoulder burden of two employers’ fraudulent actions

Friday, February 20, 2015

Two legal actions this week targeted Valley employers with track records of paying themselves first. In both cases, it has been workers — at the former Northampton Motor Classics LLC and at the Chang & Sons Enterprises farm in Whately — who suffered. That is the picture painted …

Darien Gardner: Testing of vaccine safety is sorely needed

Friday, February 20, 2015

To the editor: How safe are vaccinations? When my children were growing up we were close friends with a family whose younger son became ill for several years. The parents attributed it to the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The more I talked with them about the …

Forget it, liberals: Warren is not running for president

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sorry to break the bad news to all you dreamy-eyed liberals, but it’s time to stop wishin’ and hopin’: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. Really and truly. Progressive Democrats have bombarded her office with postcards, signed online petitions and stood in the snow waving signs to get …