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An area outside the Parsons House at Historic Northampton will be the subject of an archaeological excavation that runs into early June.

Editorial: Historic Northampton dig offers look at living history

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today, toss household trash out your back door and the health board might visit. At 58 Bridge St. in Northampton, authorities are on the lookout for a serial litterer. It’s a bit of a cold case — and if they find some trash, they’ll celebrate. Historic Northampton has hired an archaeologist to conduct field work at its signature Parsons House …

Robert L. Dickerman: Let’s see more leadership on pipeline from Sen. Stanley Rosenberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — You have to hand it to Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. He’s managed to cultivate a positive image for himself, despite his apparently selling out of constituents on the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. His recent call for a local DPU hearing on the Berkshire Gas agreement, albeit commendable, serves to promulgate the illusion that he is taking strong action on behalf of his …

Rev. Peter Kakos: What if the Valley were fracked?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the necessary attention being paid to the proposed pipeline of natural gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing that would snake its way through our Commonwealth, let’s imagine the plight of our beloved Valley were we the site for invasive extraction. The immediate effect would be coping with continual, sizeable tremors caused by the subsequent earthquakes, as basement-rock twists and tilts. If …

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Robert Price: Axia answers letter writer’s questions about South Hadley service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: We wish to provide some perspective and clarity to a recent letter that appeared in the Gazette. The author cites comments and concerns about Axia NetMedia Corp.’s intentions in South Hadley. The prices for Axia’s services mentioned in the letter are correct. The monthly residential …

Laurie García: Why a Mother’s Day advertisement made an unsupportable claim

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: As a teacher for many years, I am often tempted to correct the many mistakes I see and hear outside of the classroom, especially when grammar is involved. I want to write or call ad agencies or media sources, but I usually do not take …

Sara Weinberger: Putting one’s faith into action

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I first met Michael Kane when we joined a group organized by Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton to raise funds for humanitarian relief for victims of the genocide in Darfur. Today, Michael and I are once again working with communities of faith, this time to spread …

Editorial : Putting human face on ravages of drug addiction

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The parents of a Granby teen recently showed the courage it will take for society to come to grips with the public health threat presented by drug addiction. Richard Hooper faced a nightmare April 24 when he found his son on a computer looking up prescription pills he’d …

Jonathan Stevens: WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WMUA changes ‘steal things’ from Valley listeners To the editor: In regards to the Gazette’s story, “UMass gets a new station head,” as a business supporter of WMUA’s annual fund-drive and as an avid music listener, I am appalled at the treatment of Glenn Siegel and Max Shea …

David Lusteg: What ethics should guide those who video police activities?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

To the editor: On May 6, I witnessed an incident at the bus stop at Pulaski Park. Around 6:10 p.m. I saw three uniformed police officers questioning a man sitting on a bench. At one point it was obvious the police were going to arrest the gentleman and …

David Gowler: Changes at WMUA will make station much less interesting

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AMHERST — At radio station WMUA, as I understand it, Glenn Siegel has been temporarily re-assigned as student advisor, based on an “investigation.” Program producer Max Shea has been banished from the station, apparently without redress. Both actions have been taken without any charges being filed or any …

Jim Foudy: Marty Meehan ready to write next chapter for UMass

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system will be led by an alum. I have seen a lot of presidents come and go — seven in the last 25 years. The eighth, Marty Meehan, may well prove to be the best of the …

Editorial: Time to find a future for a landmark Northampton Catholic church

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wheels turn slowly at the Vatican, but decisions do come. And this month, five years after Northampton parishioners filed an appeal in Latin to save St. Mary of the Assumption Church, they lost. The Apostolic Signatura ruled the Springfield Diocese followed church law when it closed both the …

Editorial: Between the lines on a case involving False Claims Act

Friday, May 15, 2015

No, no — and no. Evan S. Dobelle, who played loose with money that belonged to Westfield State University and to Massachusetts taxpayers, sent a recent message through one of his lawyers that contains at least three questionable assertions. We’ll take them one by one. Dobelle, the former …