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Bruce Watson: 'North Dakota becomes a state ... no one knows why' In celebration of National Boredom Month, great moments in American ennui

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LEVERETT — First the bad news: Due to tedious circumstances, the opening ceremonies of National Boredom Month have been canceled. We boredom aficionados are mildly upset. Don’t we deserve another NFL Training Camp Roundup? Another Low-level City Official Speech-a-thon? Another Marathon Chair Slouch? But now the good news: This weekend, in lieu of the usual kickoff to August ennui, comes … 0

Editorial: 12 hours in jail that could have been avoided

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It would be simple to conclude that a judge misused his power in jailing Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant, for failing to pay a $508 debt. But closer examination reveals that the case is not so simple. While Judge Robert S. Murphy erred in putting him behind bars, Okoroafor also bears … 0

Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing … 0

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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

Jim Olsen: Lots of thanks to spread around for Green River fest

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: This year’s Green River Festival was a huge success, selling out in advance with attendance of over 6,000 per day. All of us at Signature Sounds are so grateful for our supportive community and loyal festival go-ers. This year was Signature’s first year producing the … 0

Andrew Smith: Rail camp — let’s be gracious hosts

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: I grew up in Middle Tennessee. I was born in West Virginia. My great grandfather was a WWI vet who worked as a brakeman on the Norfolk Southern Railroad at the dawn of the 20th century. I also live within eye and earshot of the … 0

Carrie Hemenway: Abhors violence on both sides but Israel must defend itself

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: For the past 4 or 5 days, the Gazette has published photos and articles in the Nation/World page bearing headlines such as “Israel Invades Gaza.” No articles or photos have appeared about the hundreds of rockets Palestine has bombarded Israel with for months in cities … 4