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Editorial: Is orange the new black and blue? Visitors hijack a pumpkin festival

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New England town. Check. Party with a color theme. Check. Police officers suited up for trouble and toting tear gas. Check. And later, resolutions of “never again.” Check. Residents of Amherst no doubt suffered a few flashbacks to the Blarney Blowout as they followed news of last weekend’s Keene Pumpkin Festival in the southern New Hampshire town. The web came alive over the weekend with images of students rampaging and …

Editorial: A new cheerleader for Easthampton business success

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The new leader settling in with the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce brings a fresh perspective to an age-old mission: finding small business success. Easthampton’s merchants, artists and entrepreneurs continue to fuel its steady transformation from mill town. It falls to Maureen “Moe” Belliveau, among others, to keep that going. Belliveau, who started work in Easthampton Oct. 6, knows small business from the …

Bruce Watson: A handy guide for disgusted voters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LEVERETT — With another damn election coming up — on a Tuesday again, like who has any free time on Tuesday? — your League of Disgusted Voters has no choice but to offer another damn voting guide. I mean, it’s not like other countries are stupid, right? Some vote on Sunday, some on Saturday, so what’s with this Tuesday thing? In November, no …

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David Wojciechowski: Not allowing casinos is quite unkind

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: Casinos have open doors. You can just walk in but you don’t have to. If you are inside and you wish to leave, the door is right there as well. As the law now states you are free to come and go. Certain people want …

Marietta Pritchard: A class reunion worth attending

Friday, October 17, 2014

TO OUR READERS: Starting Nov. 14, Marietta Pritchard’s monthly column moves from the editorial page to a new home in Hampshire Life. AMHERST — I’m not usually enthusiastic about class reunions, and in fact, I’ve managed to avoid all but a few of my own over the years. …

Editorial: Sidewalks of the city: They must be vibrant, but also shared by all

Friday, October 17, 2014

In May 2013, Mayor David J. Narkewicz kicked a hornet’s nest when he ordered the removal of six sidewalk benches on Main Street in Northampton in an effort to curb the loitering and panhandling that some shopkeepers said was hurting business. T he mayor wisely reversed that action …

Ella Smolenski: Voting for Coakley in November election

Friday, October 17, 2014

To the editor: What an exciting opportunity we have to elect Martha Coakley as our next governor. I will be coming out to vote for Martha because I am very impressed with her mental health care plan. Please take the time to go to her website and read …

Editorial: Amherst College digs in to fight campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst College students, faculty and administrators made a visible statement last week that they back President Barack Obama’s push to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. It isn’t academic. This problem is real, local and urgent. Hundreds donned …

Beth Choquette, Mandy Gerry & Michaela O’Brien: The making of a playground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Bridge Street School started the year last month with a lot to be excited about: new staff, reinvigorated district leadership under our Superintendent John Provost and Chromebooks for students to share and learn basic computing …

Lois Ahrens: Protests over Ferguson outrage have not abated

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I support the conclusion of your Oct. 13 editorial, “The people are not the enemy.” However, I question certain statements you make including this one: “While the Ferguson protests have quieted ...” As your editorial was being written thousands of people — the majority of …

Albert Tencate: Nation should demand better roads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I read the AP article in the Gazette of Oct. 13 concerning the gasoline tax. The people who drive cars in the U.S. don’t realize how little they pay to keep their cars rolling. In the Netherlands, where I come from, the price of gasoline …

Mark Anderson: Gives thanks for lunch program coverage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of Riverside Industries’ lunch program for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton (Oct. 6, “When work is more than a paycheck”). As the parents of a consumer of Riverside’s “stupendous” lunches — in our Hilltown student’s words — …

Rob Wilson: Thanks to many for talk by Jowel Iranzi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its fine coverage earlier this month of the Veterans Education Project event at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that featured a presentation by guest speaker Jowel Iranzi. Special thanks go out to Jowel, who works for Jewish Family Services …