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Editorial: Online voter registration removes barrier, but more can be done

Monday, July 6, 2015

Over the course of this year’s annual Town Meeting season, many residents once again experienced our version of grassroots democracy and the power of the ballot box. The vote is a powerful tool for making decisions that influence the shape of our government as well as our lives now and for the future. Unfortunately, there are too many people who don’t seem to see this. The number of citizens willing …

Jay Fleitman: The court decision that pushed back on centralized governmental power

Monday, July 6, 2015

Big headlines followed recent Supreme Court decisions on King v. Burwell, which allowed for continued federal subsidies of health insurance policies under Obamacare, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which created a national right for same-sex marriages in the U.S. Hidden by the public glare of these two rulings were other decisions by the court which speak to the nature of American society. One such …

Jonathan Klate: When rights are extended, what’s there to lose?

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Same-sex marriage is protested by some heterosexuals with the argument, whether based upon religious conviction or anything else, that their own rights are diminished by its legality, that they are losing a privilege they have enjoyed. This is a general sentiment commonly expressed by some members of majority groups when a minority group acquires a status or power that the …

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Gillian M. Woldorf: Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage lines up with national polling

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: While reading the reprinted guest column by California’s Frank Schubert, I was struck by a very interesting, and dare I say elegant, fact. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, Schubert and other opponents of same-sex marriage have asserted that …

Bill Newman: Work still needed to ensure full LGBT equality

Saturday, July 4, 2015

America is a freer country today than it was before June 26, 2015, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Since 2011, with the demise of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gays and …

Editorial: Why mayor’s search for next Northampton fire chief started and ended inside department

Friday, July 3, 2015

Those who know best what it takes to be a fire chief agree: Duane Nichols, who has devoted his whole adult life to serving the Northampton Fire Rescue Department, earned the right to succeed Chief Brian Duggan. Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz named him to the job Wednesday. …

Editorial: Governor sets right tone with broad addictions fight

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, …

Steve Randall: The shape of class in America

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The market system has built-in mechanisms to ensure that employees’ total compensation does not “get out of hand” (from the capitalists’ viewpoint) … and that employees will dutifully take the command and direction of their bosses at work. The critical key to both these constraints on employees is …

Bradley LeVay: Thanks to all who make Armed Forces Appreciation Day a success

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: The Veterans Council of Northampton and I as its president would like to thank all of the workers and donors for the help and effort they gave to make the “Armed Forces Appreciation Day” at Look Park such a big success May 23. A good …

Donna Peloquin: US flag must remain at Easthampton pond

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I write in response to two letters about moving the U.S. flag from the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton. The authors may not know why that flag was put there. It was placed after 9/11 to honor brave men and women and to celebrate our freedom. …

Ginny Curtis: Seeds of intolerance sewn right into Confederate flag

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: Our nation remains choked by racism, with blatant acts of violence and degrees of brutal subtleties. Will the people of South Carolina now support removing a Confederate flag from their government buildings, the banner linked to the senseless hate-filled murders of nine black Americans? From …

Katharine McMillan Roberts: Why a young teacher’s travel plans changed 50 years ago

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I saw your “A Look Back” listing of local events from 50 years ago (June 27-28) and can provide an update. I was that young French teacher in Room 206 at JFK Middle School who planned to teach in New England for two years and …

Theodore K. Selkirk Jr., M.D.: Science, regulation lacking on medical marijuana

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To the editor: The recent findings reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association on medical marijuana are not surprising, and illustrate what was wrong with the ballot question passed by Massachusetts voters. It is even more regrettable that it was a binding resolution, giving it to …