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Erin Mahon-Moore: Why it’s important to ‘school local’ as well as ‘shop local’

Sunday, March 1, 2015

To the editor: I write on behalf of the organizing committee of the Northampton Public Schools Action Coalition in response to the Feb. 20 letter in the Gazette from a Northampton parent. We would like to clarify that the coalition organized the public meeting to which the writer refers in his letter. PSAC is not a PTO, but a district-wide advocacy group of parents, teachers and community members seeking to …

Dennis R. Scribner: Webcams will help advance police work in Easthampton

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton resident recently expressed concern over the Easthampton police department’s acquisition of two webcams donated by a local business owner. As an Easthampton detective, I would like to respond. First, the Easthampton Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency. As our mission statement says, “The department is to provide …

Editorial: To the end, Evan S. Dobelle remains tight with a dime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When president of Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle showed a preference for having other people pick up the tab for his personal travel, expensive meals and visits to the Bohemian Grove in California. That’s why he no longer works in Westfield. A development last week suggests Dobelle doesn’t like to pay for legal help, either. Two law firms representing him in a …

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Editorial: Ruling in embezzlement case offers new chance for justice

Monday, February 23, 2015

A judicial ruling last week raised questions about the handling of a long-running embezzlement case by the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Prosecutors should give deep thought to their next move. The case involved Northampton resident Nancy Whitley, who with her former wife and business partner, Heather Whitley, proposed …

Rev. Peter Kakos: Use of word ‘terror’ is about more than semantics

Monday, February 23, 2015

FLORENCE — Those who criticize President Obama’s intentional avoidance of the word “terrorists” to describe ISIL (choosing instead to say “Islamic extremists”), have at the least done us a service by raising a crucial point: How we describe our enemy has consequences. Words matter, for they not only …

Elizabeth Albertson: Opposes use of webcam by Easthampton Police

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was dismayed to read in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that the Easthampton Police Department would be installing a webcam at the intersection of Cottage and Union streets and Payson and Williston avenues. What is to stop someone — a police officer, a municipal employee, …

Paul M. Craig: Weighing the impact of the three-fifths compromise

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: It is sometimes said, because of the so-called three-fifths compromise, that the U.S. Constitution made black people three-fifths human. While this interpretation is not strictly accurate, it does reflect deeper concerns about black people that were clearly understood when our Constitution was written. The three-fifths …

Alan Scheinman: BID opponent explains stance toward holiday lights donation

Monday, February 23, 2015

To the editor: I was against the BID because I knew that membership would become mandatory. I also knew that the BID petition, and its eventual adoption, were so flawed that not to complain would invite more abuse in city government. The BID did become mandatory, and a …

Nancy Rexford & Kiki Smith: New reality, new ideas enliven Historic Northampton

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton is very grateful to the Gazette’s Dan Crowley and to WHMP’s Bill Newman for helping us talk to the community about our financial difficulties — and to the Gazette for its editorial on our …

Editorial: State must clear backlog in food stamps applications

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An essential piece of the nation’s safety net — food assistance to low-income individuals and families — may be fraying in Massachusetts. Though the Bay State was once one of the fastest to process applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, it is now among the slowest, data …

Jim Foudy: How the late David Carr both analyzed and embodied modern media

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is hard to lose a hero. New York Times media reporter David Carr was one of mine and his passing last week at 58 leaves a big hole. I considered his Media Equation column a must-read. He wrote about publishing, television and the impact of …

Editorial: Workers shoulder burden of two employers’ fraudulent actions

Friday, February 20, 2015

Two legal actions this week targeted Valley employers with track records of paying themselves first. In both cases, it has been workers — at the former Northampton Motor Classics LLC and at the Chang & Sons Enterprises farm in Whately — who suffered. That is the picture painted …

Darien Gardner: Testing of vaccine safety is sorely needed

Friday, February 20, 2015

To the editor: How safe are vaccinations? When my children were growing up we were close friends with a family whose younger son became ill for several years. The parents attributed it to the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The more I talked with them about the …