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Not an easy task, but saving Amherst mural worth effort

Friday, July 25, 2014

An enormous painting of Emily Dickinson’s face, surrounded by colorful blossoms and flanked by other luminaries from Amherst’s past, gazes out from the back wall of the Carriage Shops in Amherst center. The poet’s image provides the centerpiece of the community-created mural framing the historic West Cemetery that fans out beyond it, the burial ground for Dickinson and her family, as well as early town settlers, farmers, mill workers, servants, … 0

Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Friday, July 25, 2014

The term “unaccompanied minors” sounds so clinical, it’s easy to distance from it. The phrase has been everywhere in the national media lately because of the unprecedented surge in the number of children fleeing Central American countries in hopes of finding refuge in the United States. We prefer the word, “children.” It is … 2

Nation must abandon ‘War on Drugs’

Friday, July 25, 2014

I have been horrified by the newspaper headlines the last couple of weeks: Israeli children murdered, Palestinian children murdered in return. A plane shot out of the sky and hundreds of people dead, including eighty children. Seven hundred deaths in Gaza, a third of them children. And thousands of children have lost their lives in the Syrian war. Closer to home, we see … 0

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Paul Greenberg: Bring back local seafood

Monday, July 21, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. … 0

Editorial: At last, sweet changes for Pulaski Park

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Friday afternoon, Northampton’s Pulaski Park looked like an OK place to be. A young couple sat on the grass in a shady spot under a tree. Two little kids zoomed down a slide, while a young woman, seated on a nearby bench, chatted on her phone. A … 0

Bernie Bachand: Flags great, but U.S. flag deserves special status

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to respond to a letter in the Gazette about the rainbow flag flown at the Jackson Street School. My statement in an earlier letter was that the United States flag stands for “We the People.” In response, the writers said “that is … 0

Karin Wilburn: Clearing up some facts about local quilt history

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A recent letter to the Gazette described the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild chapter’s history and activities. Please allow me to correct the record regarding the group’s history. The Northampton Area Modern Quilt Guild was founded and run by Julie Zuckman of Florence in 2010 for … 0

William Santy: Let’s think twice about who are next president should be

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A well coordinated media-hype campaign can easily convince the masses of something they should not be convinced of. The best place to determine if the media-hype is working is the college campus. Recently there have been three separate videos taken on a campus of an … 1

Alex Kent: Disturbing news at Forbes Library sad to hear

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A heartbreaking headline and photo on a recent Gazette front page: “Arson suspected at Forbes.” Some angry person attempted to burn down one of Northampton’s – one of any town’s – most precious institutions: the public library. It felt like a dear friend had been … 0

George Goodwin, Rhoda Honigberg: Huge stakes in upcoming election

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: “I wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here, so I could boycott it.” This was the sentiment expressed by a friend of ours recently. If the Senate falls into the hands of Republicans in November we can expect even greater restrictions on our rights. … 2

Karl W. Ryavec: Many reasons why military don’t show up

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: What many do not know is that leaving one’s duty station without permission can be rather common in the military. While on a destroyer escort in the Pacific during the 1950s I would always wonder, before every stint at sea, “Who will not show up … 0

Steve Funderburk: Pistorius murder trial belongs in news section

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: I note the Associated Press article about the status of the Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in the sports section along with Sox David Ortiz’s three-run homer and the tough week at Wimbleton for the ‘women’s side.’ I would urge that the Gazette, even if posting … 0

Stephanie Slysz: Supports Healey’s transparency on spending

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: In light of recent controversy over campaign finance and the call for reform, as an inquisitive voter I unearthed some discrepancies about Maura Healey and Warren Tolman’s People’s Pledge to ban outside spending in the Massachusetts Attorney General race. On May 29, Healey approached Tolman … 0