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GORODN DANIELS
Atty Bill Newman in his Northampton office

Bill Newman: Work still needed to ensure full LGBT equality

Saturday, July 4, 2015

America is a freer country today than it was before June 26, 2015, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Since 2011, with the demise of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gays and lesbians have been entitled to serve equally in the military. Since 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage …

Editorial: Why mayor’s search for next Northampton fire chief started and ended inside department

Friday, July 3, 2015

Those who know best what it takes to be a fire chief agree: Duane Nichols, who has devoted his whole adult life to serving the Northampton Fire Rescue Department, earned the right to succeed Chief Brian Duggan. Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz named him to the job Wednesday. Easthampton’s fire chief, David Mottor, recalls Nichols’ focus and professionalism during the department’s most severe …

Editorial: Governor sets right tone with broad addictions fight

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, comprehensive blend of approaches, combining prevention, education, prescription monitoring reforms, increased access to treatment, and …

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Kathryn Messier: Fears of traffic, obstructions on even a short commute in Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield Street, Cooke Avenue, Bridge Road — every day I travel to and from work on these streets in Northampton. Most folks who travel on Hatfield Street between Routes 5 & 10 and Bridge Road drive too fast, period. Every day I either try to …

Stephen Dashef: Bring back memorial plaques in YMCA’s The Garden

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Where had the memorial markers gone, I wondered with a sense of shock and loss, as I walked through The Garden area at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Under the past guidance of Barbara Weiner-Dubeck, children and families had shared and dealt with their …

Editorial: Serving local audience is vital part of WMUA’s mission

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two weeks before WMUA went on the air, President Harry S. Truman upset his Republican challenger to hold on to the White House. A world war had just ended and a cold one lay ahead. Babies were booming. …

Judith Fine: Time for Northampton to create another option: a dog park on city property

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I write in response to a letter June 23 regarding the meeting for recreational users of the former state hospital property. We both went to the same meeting, but came away with different views. At the end of the meeting, Jeffrey Peterson, superintendent of the Smith …

Charles Bodhi: Church killings need to be seen as terrorism

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Call the executions of nine church members of African descent in Charleston, South Carolina, what they were: an act of terror, one of far too many visited on our people since being taken captive and transported to these shores. Nearly 400 years after we began …

John Sinton: Movement needed to reinstate Glenn Siegel at WMUA at UMass

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the Gazette’s recent reporting on the mess at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dysfunction in Student Affairs is nothing new, nor is the sense of entitlement from students, who expect to take charge without taking responsibility. It’s …

Marianna Kaul-Connolly: Columnist offered illumination on path to racial understanding

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank Jim Foudy for his June 20 Gazette column, “David Ruggles, Florence pioneer.” In the wake of the tragic massacre of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, this was a timely piece of local and national history that encourages us to reflect …

Editorial: When equality is victor, every American benefits

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jurists and legal scholars will continue to disagree about whether the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses provided the correct foundation for the Supreme Court to outlaw state bans on same-sex marriage. Friday’s landmark decision came …

Editorial: New Hadley police chief takes charge of overtime problem

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It’s good to see that Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason, who is trying to solve a long-time money problem, has a lot of heads nodding in agreement. The new chief told members of the Select Board last week …

Kit Sang Boos: S.C. shooter wanted race war, not war on Christians

Friday, June 26, 2015

To the editor: I agree with a recent letter writer from Easthampton who said that the massacre in a South Carolina church is unbearable when there is already so much loss, suffering and grief in the world. I am a bit puzzled that he concludes that now all …