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Hope C. Corlius: Goat Girls group appreciates donation of Christmas trees

Monday, March 2, 2015

To the editor: We would like to extend sincere appreciation to the nearly 100 households that donated their Christmas trees to our goat herd in the weeks after the holidays. These trees, in addition to helping make the feed budget stretch longer in the cold winter months, also provided welcome greenery into the diets of our goats. With buds already becoming visible on some of our area trees, spring certainly …

Jay Fleitman: A man, a shovel and a mound of snow that won’t go away

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — ISIS is rampaging through the Middle East. The mullahs of Iran are working towards nuclear weapons. Putin is taking territory from the Ukraine. Obamacare is turning our health care system inside out. In this column I want to consider something else important: municipal snow plowing. I have lived in my house for almost 30 years. Every year, snowfall after snowfall without …

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 …

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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 …

Forget it, liberals: Warren is not running for president

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sorry to break the bad news to all you dreamy-eyed liberals, but it’s time to stop wishin’ and hopin’: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. Really and truly. Progressive Democrats have bombarded her office with postcards, signed online petitions and stood in the snow waving signs to get …

Malcolm X as relevant now as at his death 50 years ago

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was brutally murdered in New York City. With his assassination, the United States missed a chance to fully address some of the racial issues that persist to this day. …

Editorial: Those who opt out of measles vaccine take unnecessary risks for all

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Receiving confusing, misleading, or outright untrue information from the government — and corporate America — over the years has left many people cynical. In the health field in particular, public trust has been shattered time and again by misjudgment. Consider the act of prescribing the devastatingly dangerous Thalidomide …

Andrew Larkin: Riddles of a frozen Connecticut River

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last fall I wrote on this page that the Connecticut River might freeze this winter because of the closing of the nuclear reactor in Vernon, Vermont, and the loss of its thermal pollution of the river. …

Justina Gregory: Don’t call these library books “unpopular”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest Dave Eisenstadter’s article in last weekend’s Gazette reporting that the Five College Consortium plans to purchase land in Hadley to build a library annex. I write to address some of the article’s implications. It’s misleading to characterize the volumes to be …

Michael DiPasquale: Says Northampton PTO should not be against charter schools

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: A few years ago, shortly after our children started their first year at Northampton High School, the Parent Teacher Organization sponsored a showing of “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,” a documentary that is highly critical of charter schools. The fact that the PTO …

Joseph Sharp: City does not do enough to get people to shovel their sidewalks

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable.” New Englanders have long had (apparently divergent) views regarding snow and the issue of removing snow from public ways. This divergence dates to Emerson’s day …

Editorial: Valley provides crux leadership in green building projects

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Since the green building movement took off in the United States in the past two decades, Massachusetts has become a leading state in embracing the practice of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient construction. And the Pioneer Valley demonstrates the success of green building in an array of residential, commercial and …