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Editorial: SJC ruling shows need to reform pension law

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We are troubled by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling this week allowing a former high school teacher in Amherst to continue collecting his state retirement benefits. Justices followed a law that demands to be changed. The Legislature should adjust the statute so that teachers convicted of reprehensible crimes against children, even on their own time, are no longer eligible to collect a state pension. Some conduct so violates the … 0

Clare Higgins: Investing in right start for America’s children

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We have a free public school system in our country that assures every child a seat. It doesn’t matter that the child just moved into the community, or has a special need, doesn’t speak English, or even that their parents don’t work. They don’t have to live with their parents, they can be in foster care or live with a relative. … 0

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fair warning, voters of Massachusetts: As campaigns for and against casino gambling ratchet up in advance of a November ballot question, prepare to be smothered with arguments. The gambling industry spent millions to lobby lawmakers before the 2011 vote to allow three casinos and a slots parlor in the state. Certain players, notably … 2

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Probably the same probability that someone would bomb the Boston Marathon or fly planes into the WTC. Since there are about 6...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

gary, that's highly unlikely. I've tutored immigrants who take English courses in Northampton, and they're wonderful people who happen to have had...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Mary McKitrick: Try a traffic circle instead of the four-way stop

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: When the four-way stop signs went up at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue, Prospect and Jackson streets in Northampton, my hopes were raised that this would ease traffic problems there. Unfortunately this was not the ideal solution. I estimate that 15-20 percent of drivers don’t … 0

Marion Barre: WMass not getting its fair share of road monies

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: In the 1930s, Quabbin Reservoir was built to provide the primary water supply to Boston and greater Boston. This was only the beginning of the unfair distribution of resources between the eastern and western parts … 0

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I am horrified at the attempt to burn the Israeli flag at B’nai Israel synagogue. There is no justification for such an act. No one has a right to do such a thing to any person or group of people. No one has a right … 8

Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Friday, August 15, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off … 0

Marc Warner: Planned $2.25 million rail underpass in Northampton wastes public money

Friday, August 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — About 10 years ago, nationwide attention turned toward a planned bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island in Alaska. To the construction companies that would build it, and the Alaska congressmen who pushed for federal funding, the bridge seemed like a great idea. To pretty much everyone … 3

Editorial: A new future for Parsons Street School

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easthampton is making the right decision to sell the Parsons Street School as well as the right steps to reach this conclusion. City officials have kept the public abreast of their intentions with the building for more than … 1

Mordechai Kamel: Critics apply a double standard when assessing Israel’s defense

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — I must comment on Howard Friel’s guest column Monday, “On Israel’s asserted right of self-defense,” and will begin with a question that Amos Oz, one of the founders and leaders of the Israeli Peace Movement for … 1

Carrie Hemenway: Wants a movie theater in Northampton

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Now that the former Honda dealership building has been razed, and they’re looking to develop the King Street property, how about constructing a movie theater? Now, you have to go to Amherst or other towns to catch a film, as no daily films play in … 5

William Brezinski: End 'Tax Free' shopping day and institute 'Tax those who don’t Pay Taxes Day'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: As we begin to cheer a “tax free” shopping day, let us look at this celebration. Since everyone is “tax free” shopping, business does not have a reason to lower prices. Since everyone is shopping; … 0

Stan Schapiro: Why can’t nation act like what Statue of Liberty claims?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To The editor: Thank you for the recent article “Honduran families deported back to a bleak future.” In it you paint a clear picture of a young Honduran mother of two, her treacherous journey to the U.S. and her deportation, without seeing a judge, back to her home … 9