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Editorial: New UMass football coach Mark Whipple faces many challenges in his return

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mark Whipple begins his second era as the University of Massachusetts football coach Saturday afternoon just as he began the first in 1998 — leading a team for which there are low expectations because of recent poor play. To the surprise of many then, Whipple turned around a lackluster program by guiding the Minutemen to a 12-3 record and national championship. Sixteen years later, Whipple faces far more significant challenges … 0

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Perhaps you are counting on technological solutions to our environmental woes. So imagine an invention, a brilliant machine, that can transport people and their favorite belongings and their children and their groceries; that’s great for your health instead of causing asthma and obesity; that doesn’t emit greenhouse gases; that can be locally assembled and simply maintained; and that lets you smell … 0

Kathleen Daly & Julie Kurose: Northampton should extend moratorium on certain development

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: We are a group of concerned neighbors residing in Wards 3 and 4 of Northampton who have formed an ad hoc committee to build awareness on a zoning issue mentioned in the Gazette this past spring (“As moratorium nears end, Northampton eyes new residential zoning for larger projects,” April 10). The moratorium refers to a hold on issuing building permits … 0

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Editorial: Northampton mayor shows compassion for those in immigration limbo

Monday, August 25, 2014

While immigration reform eludes Washington lawmakers and the president, Northampton’s mayor took a stand last week that will help foreign-born individuals and families in the Valley feel less vulnerable. Mayor David J. Narkewicz agreed to sign an executive … 1

William J. Rowan: Rationalizing Israel’s behavior in Gaza

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: It never ceases to astound me when otherwise intelligent people continue to rationalize Israel’s unconscionable behavior in Gaza as a reasonable and proportionate act of self defense in response to recent Palestinian “aggression.” Israel wants to cherry pick the time period at which to start … 0

Barry Hirsch: The political uses of Palestinian ‘victimization’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a recent edition, a letter-writer says the “majority of people in Gaza are simply longing for a life of peace and cooperation.” In 2007, the people of Gaza held an election that was endorsed … 0

Stephen Siegel: Israel turned Gaza into ‘open-air prison’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a letter to the Gazette, “Israel weathers years of rocket attacks” (Aug. 8), several writers argue “there was no occupation and there was no blockade” in the two years following Israel’s 2005 so-called “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip. However, while Israel did remove its … 0

Jon Lackman: Let’s help students find right path through high-speed world

Sunday, August 24, 2014

To the editor: In a recent article about Northampton schools taking “more steps into high tech,” the city’s district technology director, Angelo Rota said, “The world is working at that high rate of speed, so we need to give our kids exposure to that. Is that good or … 0

Carol Sharick: Amherst educators can only do so much. The rest is up to us.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

AMHERST — I attended the Amherst Regional School Committee retreat this month and was pleasantly surprised at the civility and productivity shown by the group. Given what I’ve read in the paper in recent months, one would think … 0

Editorial: Arts advocates put Transperformance on the map

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The lineup for Tuesday’s “Transperformance XXIV” — the annual musical extravaganza that raises money for arts enrichment programs in Northampton’s public schools — lists the following local residents as hosts for the event, along with the more famous … 0

Ralph J. Dolan: Finding compassion for those in flight from violence in other lands

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — What now, America? With waves of human beings streaming across your southern border seeking refuge, you are now reaping the bitter fruit of centuries of occupation, plunder, coup d’ etats, proxy wars, exploitation, enslavement, torture and … 0

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 … 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 … 0