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Rabbi Justin David: The holy refuge of Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When people think of Yom Kippur, which beings Friday evening, phrases like “Most important Jewish holiday,” “Holiest day in the Jewish year” and “Day of Atonement” come to mind. The word “Kippur” actually refers to the literal practice of “atonement.” But actually, the rabbis who lived 2,000 years ago and created the form of Judaism we now practice defined Yom Kippur less by what it is, and more …

Amherst must confront lack of downtown parking

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amherst is facing a serious parking squeeze downtown and town officials must take a hard look at what the construction of two projects with 114 housing units — but few parking spaces — in the northern end of the town center will mean. A short distance up East Pleasant Street another 75-unit student housing building is going up, also with scant parking provided, …

Larry Parnass: Why the Gazette published a series on the planned death of Lee Hawkins

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Editors in the Gazette’s newsroom usually counsel reporters to “write tight” and respect readers’ time. Occasionally stories go long, though, and Laurie Loisel’s series last week about Lee Hawkins did. That brought some questions and complaints from readers. One reader told me she considered the amount of space dedicated to the …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Michael Carolan: A profound silence at the People’s Climate March

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — My daughter was going to attend the People’s Climate March in New York City with my friend and me. Until she decided she had too much homework. While I understood, I thought she was a perfect …

Emmett Barcalow: Fossil fuel companies don’t want climate story told

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: I marched in NYC’s demonstration to protest government inaction on global warming. Despite the lies of the fossil fuel interests, which stand to lose trillions of dollars unless they persuade the world that global warming is a hoax, the scientific evidence is overwhelming that our …

Rich Cairn: Time to show will to reverse global warming

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: More than 310,000 energized and dedicated marchers took to the streets of New York City last Sunday to insist on action to protect the Earth’s atmosphere, thousands of us from western Massachusetts alone. Many stayed to Flood Wall Street with protest Monday. Time has come …

DeAnne Riddle: Full of hope that climate movement is awakening

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: I returned from the People’s Climate March full of hope that the country is waking up and that a strong climate movement has started. The feeling of solidarity among people of different ages, religions and walks of life was heartening. The music, signs, energy and …

Joe Jewett: Climate warriors must take to the barricades

Thursday, September 25, 2014

To the editor: It was good to see the attention that you paid in your editorial on Tuesday to the huge march in Manhattan Sunday. There was a lot of great energy and impetus. Unfortunately, as one can easily see from Tuesday’s story from the United Nations’ event …

Don Robinson: Our Constitution — and a president’s war against ISIS

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — Among reasons for President Obama’s declining approval numbers, his abuse of the Constitution’s war powers does not loom large. But as we head back into war in Iraq and environs, it behooves us to pay attention …

Ted Steger: Documenting casino’s broken promises

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: I was struck in reading your recent editorial, “Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts,” that there is a simple way to determine which side of the casino issue is more capable of sticking to the facts: look at the track record of the promises …

Alan Scheimann: Wants the courts to rule against Northampton BID

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: The BID proponents represent a minority of downtown Northampton property owners, less than 40 percent. The overwhelming majority of property owners (over 60 percent) chose to reject BID membership. Yet this diehard minority continues to …

Jim Mias: Whatever happened to idea of neighborhood schools?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To the editor: This morning the neighborhood kids walked and bicycled to our local public school. It’s a good school, tries real hard and has a long tradition of community and solid education just as most public schools do. Later on, passing by the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public …

Editorial: Intimate partner violence must not be hidden problem

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thirty-nine witnesses took the stand in Hampshire Superior Court — one for each year Jessica Ann Pripstein lived. They testified to enable a jury to establish Ryan D. Welch’s guilt or innocence in Pripstein’s murder just minutes into Feb. 20, 2012, after she’d picked up the check at …