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City streets offer feast for cops and poets alike

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

From the shopkeeper unlocking her door in the day’s new light to the young women outside panhandling for cash, from the old guy enjoying a sidewalk cigarette to the Smithies laughing their way to the clubs, from the boy tossing a Frisbee to his dad in Pulaski Park to a couple trading angry barbs on Pleasant Street — every day and deep into the night, the streets of Northampton pulse … 0

Sara Weinberger:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two weeks ago, my daughter texted me, “What are you supposed to do when there is a siren?” Under ordinary circumstances, that would have been an odd question. My daughter, however, was texting from a hotel room in Jerusalem, where the sirens meant “Take shelter,” because Hamas was firing dozens upon dozens of long-range missiles at targets ranging from Eilat in … 0

Wishing that train would leave the station

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It’s standard procedure for a train approaching a railroad crossing to sound its whistle to alert the people who might be happening by. Too bad Pan Am Railways didn’t give similar consideration to the Northampton residents who recently found themselves surprised by a noisy, smelly and obnoxiously lit new neighbor. As part of … 1

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Wishing that train would leave the station

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Editorial: Pope shows compassion, needs to show action

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pope Francis met for the first time last week with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy. He conducted a private Mass with six victims — two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany — at his Vatican … 0

Rick Hood: Amherst commitment to school equity real, growing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee did the right thing by meeting this week. Dr. Amilcar Shabazz did the right thing by apologizing at that meeting. But there is more to be said about this. This situation was not a failure of the chairs of the committees; … 0

What the Second Amendment intended

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment. But what does it mean? History offers some surprises: It turns out in each era, the meaning is set not by some pristine constitutional text, but by … 3

John Howard: Now is the time to think about buying electric car

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: Now is the time to buy an electric car. With the new state point of sale rebate of up to $2,500, the IRS tax break of up to $7,500 and the price drop of $5,000 on several electric cars (EV), a Massachusetts resident can own … 0

Fran Taylor: Obama must bring Marine home from Mexico

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: On this past Independence Day, I was watching a story about a U.S. Marine held in Mexico and physically abused by Mexican prison guards. He made a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico by accident, carrying his legally owned guns in his car. It … 0

Kate Queeney: Bicycle rider praises those who helped

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: This past weekend I had a bike accident in North Amherst when part of my bike frame suddenly broke under me. I want to thank everyone on the scene who helped me: the two motorcyclists who helped get me and the pieces of my bike … 0

Editorial: Amid Amherst conflict, proper goal is healing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We read through reporter Scott Merzbach’s story about an unusual Monday meeting in Amherst noticing first the things people disagree about. Later, we searched his account of the Amherst Regional School Committee meeting for points of agreement. We … 0

Mary Cooley: Northampton DPW needs to refresh crosswalks

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: When is the Northampton Department of Public Works going to buy some white paint and paint the city’s faded crosswalks, which are a hazard to both drivers and pedestrians? It is time they did their job and stopped trying to make a fashion statement! Mary … 0

Anne Monahan: Southampton has spoken on local tax matters

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: The failure of the Southampton override should come as no surprise. In a Gazette article, one resident suggested, “People are frightened to see their taxes go up.” Yes, families have had to get by on less and less over the years. Many are on fixed … 1

Ed Weisman: Gazette article on Eric Suher’s properties mired in innuendo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette has a great track record of bringing local news into crystal-clear focus. From the Proposition 2½ override in Northampton to the controversy about the rainbow crosswalk, I rely on the Gazette for detailed explanations of local issues. But the July 3 story “Sidelined … 0