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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 for the same reasons. But in the same circumstances, the medical profession may do nothing for us. Even if the pain goes … 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 Taveres and William Burke III. Burke, 70, a Hatfield resident, was a career employee of … 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 have been rendered inoperative. Jens Laerke of the United Nation’s humanitarian agency says, “Our aid workers on the ground report that people in Gaza are … 1

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Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

What’s your elevator pitch?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let’s say you step into an elevator, push the button for the 10th floor, watch the doors slide shut and cast a quick glance at the other passengers in the car. Lo and behold, you spot one of the Koch brothers! No, it’s the CEO of ExxonMobil! Or … 0

Kristepher Severy: Castigates Gazette for 'propaganda'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette’s July 8th article “Downtown Beat” ignored the many homeowners and residents who are opposed to increased police presence downtown, and such bland treatment of such a serious matter amounted to passive propaganda for … 0

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: I was thinking about the immigration problems we are having and have the following observations. 1. People who say put them on a bus and send them back are just ignorant. No one and no … 4

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: People who care about animals across the state are waiting to see what Massachusetts senators do about bill S. 2232, a measure to help protect newborn calves and mother pigs from harsh confinement. I personally … 7

Nancy Felton, Joel Dansky: Peace Vigil’s film series on the move

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: Those of you who keep an eye out for political/cultural events in the Valley may have noted the absence of the Northampton Peace Vigil’s fabled film series these past few months. The film screenings — free, accessible, open to the public, discussion to follow — … 0

Paul M. Craig: Verdict still out on new state gun law

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: The Second Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution) doesn’t give anyone the right to shoot anyone else. The Constitution is about balance between individual liberty and societal needs. So are the first ten amendments collectively called the Bill of Rights. The Founding Fathers who wrote the … 1

Editorial: No exit from I-91 project delays

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Does this sound familiar? It’s 5 p.m. After a hard day’s work, you’re heading out, looking to take a quick trip north up I-91 to home and a good meal. But as you approach the on-ramp at Exit … 1

Don Robinson column: Freedom Summer 1964

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The civil rights movement came to a head a half-century ago, during the summer of 1964. I was a graduate student and spent most of that summer in Mississippi. While largely a spectator, speaking to gatherings of white people (church groups, Rotary Clubs and the like), I saw … 0

Lynne Weintraub: Backs Berwick for state governor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Who is Don Berwick, and why do I think he should be our next governor? It’s not just that he is the founder and CEO of a non-profit that has saved lives all over the world. Or that he was President Obama’s choice to lead … 0

Silas Kopf: Why are barrels still only solution at near Pulaski Park

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Some time ago there was a tragic pedestrian fatality on South Street at the crosswalk adjacent to Pulaski Park. But, it was so long ago that I only know that we can measure it in years rather than months. There was a “temporary” fix involving … 1