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Editorial: The ‘open checkbook’ way brings transparency to Northampton, Amherst

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The recent addition of Open Checkbook to Amherst and Northampton municipal websites is a big win for government transparency. Open Checkbook databases provide anyone with an Internet connection the ability to see how governments are spending tax dollars — down to the penny. Sorry, but it doesn’t mean you can write yourself a check. By reviewing data organized by municipal departments and spending categories, it is possible to learn what … 0

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As others have recently pointed out, Easthampton’s municipal budget will be challenging for the coming year. This has been the case in most communities in the Commonwealth, particularly since the economic crisis began in 2008. State tax revenues are down as a result of lost jobs and decreased corporate profits. Cities and towns have not seen increases to their property tax … 0

Adam Fisher: When healing does occur

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last month’s disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the mudslide that decimated Oso, Wash., brought sorrow and confusion. As quickly as the search for meaning set in, so too did the words “healing” and “closure.” When retailed in the midst of crisis, these words strike me as uncaring, spoken by … 0

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Larry Parnass, the editor of the Gazette, has been on the newspaper's staff since 1988 as an editor, reporter and columnist.

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Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

UMass drunkards fighting for wrong rights

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the editor: Concerning the Blarney Blowout: Let’s see if I have this right. Every day thousands of young people across the globe are struggling for political and religious freedom, and sometimes simply the right to exist. They … 1

Editorial: Two juries, two mistrials — Is a Rintala prosecution still viable?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Unless prosecutors can develop more compelling evidence that Cara Lee Rintala killed her spouse, they won’t get a conviction. As much as people want to know what happened in the basement of the Rintalas’ home March 29, 2010, those answers depend on a jury being convinced the narrative … 1

John Paradis: Mr. Garand’s fearsome invention

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I would surmise that few school children in our region have heard of Jean “John” Cantius Garand. I suspect few adults, too. But if you are of French-Canadian descent like me, or you worked in the … 0

Molly Millay: Public voting in our schools needs to stop

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing because I am concerned about the safety of Amherst students on voting days, when our schools are thrown open to the public without proper security measures. Throughout the rest of the school year, Amherst school personnel take every precaution to ensure the … 0

Peter and Phyllis Jeswald: Praises Mike Mauri for thoughtful work on trees

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: In 1978 we bought 30-plus acres of mostly forested land in Conway. On this land we built a house, raised our children and now welcome our grandson for long weekends “in the country.” We cherish this land and have tried hard to be good stewards. … 0

Byron Poplawski: Added traffic light just causes more problems

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: I have been a resident of Northampton for 18 years and recently have encountered an unnecessary hassle which hampers my daily commute. The problem occurs at the intersection of Main Street and Route 10 by the Edwards Church and the Academy of Music. What happens … 0

Michael Clancy: Praises Fleitman column ... not

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Jay Fleitman for his latest column — you know, the one where he debunks the so-called “War on Women” (unlike the “War on Christmas,” which is for realsies). Who better than a privileged white male who has control over his own body (soon … 0

Editorial: Our public health emergency: opiods and heroin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has rightly declared opioid and heroin addiction a public health crisis. The toll exacted on society by the increasing number of people addicted to prescription painkillers — often a route to heroin addiction — cannot … 0

Amy Pybus: Don’t let your kids be pushed around by the MCAS test, consider opting out

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Spring is finally here, that wonderful time that brings us crocuses, baby chicks, sunshine, fresh air and of course, standardized testing. When I got the notice from school that MCAS was approaching (“These tests are very important, have your child sleep and eat a good breakfast, … 0

C. J. Doyle: Don’t force parade to host message it disagrees with

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette’s March 22 editorial on the Boston and Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day parades, which quoted part of our news release, the Gazette argued that not every group which marches in these parades is there to promote Irish culture, but are willing to “support, … 0