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CAROL LOLLIS
An area outside the Parsons House at Historic Northampton will be the subject of an archaeological excavation that runs into early June.

Editorial: Historic Northampton dig offers look at living history

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today, toss household trash out your back door and the health board might visit. At 58 Bridge St. in Northampton, authorities are on the lookout for a serial litterer. It’s a bit of a cold case — and if they find some trash, they’ll celebrate. Historic Northampton has hired an archaeologist to conduct field work at its signature Parsons House …

Robert L. Dickerman: Let’s see more leadership on pipeline from Sen. Stanley Rosenberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — You have to hand it to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. He’s managed to cultivate a positive image for himself, despite his apparently selling out of constituents on the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. His recent call for a local DPU hearing on the Berkshire Gas agreement, albeit commendable, serves to promulgate the illusion that he is taking strong action on behalf of his …

Rev. Peter Kakos: What if the Valley were fracked?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the necessary attention being paid to the proposed pipeline of natural gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing that would snake its way through our Commonwealth, let’s imagine the plight of our beloved Valley were we the site for invasive extraction. The immediate effect would be coping with continual, sizeable tremors caused by the subsequent earthquakes, as basement-rock twists and tilts. If …

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Editorial: Removal of old rail ties first step in cleanup

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Load by load, old railroad ties that pose a fire hazard are being hauled away in Northampton and Holyoke, days after a Northampton lawmaker called for the state Department of Transportation to act. Now that it has acknowledged …

Joseph S. Larson: Future of UMass campus planning remains in limbo

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: The future of where the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst are going next with regard to implementation of the university’s master plan seems to be up in the air. Dennis Swinford, director of campus planning, has resigned his UMass position to become …

Daphne R. Penttinen: Pet owners should keep animals under control on roadways

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: This is an appeal to all pet owners: Please keep your pet under constant control. The tragedy of animals being hit by cars must be avoided by the owners of those animals. Such owners are solely obligated to keep their pets under control. Roads are …

Judy Leeds: NEF’s plant, garden market nets $12,000 for schools

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

To the editor: I want to recognize the comprehensive and enormous community effort made to make this year’s 19th Support Our Schools/Northampton Education Foundation Plant & Garden Market on May 9 the most successful ever. This year the event raised over $12,000 for books and media materials in …

Christopher W. Norris: Mutual aid critical piece of emergency response in cash-strapped communities

Monday, May 18, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Last month I saw a report on a local TV news station regarding the Southampton Fire Department not responding to an emergency medical call and having to rely on a neighboring community for assistance. The report was critical of the department and its personnel. I want …

Editorial: State should join movement to protect pregnant workers

Monday, May 18, 2015

One by one, states across the country are doing the right thing by codifying into law protections for pregnant woman and new mothers in the workforce. It’s time for Massachusetts to join the fray. A movement is afoot to compel employers to make reasonable — in most cases, …

Saraphina Moon Forman: Girl thanks those who supported her successful rainforest hike

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to thank the Gazette for the article that was published about Hike For What’s Right, the rainforest fundraiser that I organized. The article got a lot of attention, raised a lot of awareness and helped us out a lot. We had around …

Greg Bascomb: Amherst Democrats looking for ideas, comments

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: The Amherst Democratic Town Committee is looking for comments and ideas from its membership and the public at large as it plans for its actions in the coming year. The major political outlet for Amherst Democrats is planning a year of meetings, public commentary and …

Kurt Heidinger: Fracked gas is not low cost or environmentally responsible

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: As reported in an April 27 Gazette story about Berkshire Gas backing a pipeline through western Massachusetts, company spokesman Christopher Farrell made several wild claims before the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce that deserve correction, including one about “ecoterrorists” operating in our area. (Editor’s note: …

Suzanne Meserve: Postpartum depression program needs to reach more mothers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a parent educator at Baystate Medical Center, I know that one in seven mothers will experience postpartum depression (PPD). I see this in the women I care for in the Baystate New Beginnings postpartum support program for new parents. PPD can have a lasting …