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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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Another question to ask... why didn't the representative of MassDOT say anything about the "camp train" when he made his presentation to...(full comment)

Wishing that train would leave the station

"Should our society continue to view death as a failure and, thus, distinctly un-American?" I would like to know in which "society"...(full comment)

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Mark Sienkiewicz: Delayed I-91 repair work frustrating

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: When can we believe Massachusetts Department of Transportation? The on-ramp for northbound I-91 traffic at Exit 18 has been closed for over a month. At first, they thought it would take a month to fix. Then we didn’t hear anything. Finally after I wrote to … 0

Joseph Tarantino: Government ‘security blanket’ feels oppressive

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To the editor: “The folks who rant about government tyranny confuse me.” So admits John Sheirer in his latest Gazette column July 14, a column that begins by invoking the July 4 holiday no less. Apparently the values of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers … 0

Charles LaPiene: Liberal reaction to Hobby Lobby 'hysterical' 'Why place the burden on me for their choice?

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: Readers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette who moaned and groaned piously at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision should think about their hysterical reaction. To imply, as they have done, that the decision is “really … 14

William Jastromb: Uninformed voters a threat to America’s future

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: One debate raging in the U.S. is a joy to witness. No, it is not the debate between the progressive and liberal Democratic Party and the do-nothing and know-nothing Republican Party. The debate is between the Republican Party and the tea party as respective political … 3

Jay Fleitman: Columnist responds to letter about IRS investigation

Monday, July 14, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a response by Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman to the writer of a recent letter. The letter-writer took issue with a July 1 column by Fleitman about the investigation into Lois Lerner of the … 0

Irv Rhodes: Amherst must find and embrace its moral center

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to several articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin concerning incidents taking place mainly at the Amherst Regional High School and one reported incident at the middle school. I come from a large extended family composed of different races and … 1

Editorial: Bike-sharing proposal may be mismatch for region

Monday, July 14, 2014

In urban areas, bike-sharing programs reduce traffic and pollution. People interact without windshields between them. Hearts beat, muscles pump and cities seem scaled for human use. Increased bicycle use does the world a good, but we question whether the Pioneer Valley is suited to the kind of bike-sharing … 0

John Sheirer: ‘We the neighborhood’ feels like sound political philosophy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the Fourth of July, my wife Betsy and I walked the hilly driveway to our neighbors’ house. Using the key that they had left for us, we let ourselves in so we could water their plants and feed their cat while they were away for … 0

Sally Pick: ‘Compromise’ bill takes wrong turn on photovoltaics

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MONTAGUE — I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity produced by photovoltaics. Massachusetts House Bill 4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses and community solar — endangering local jobs and limiting … 2

William and Norma Coli: Bill before House would reduce affordability of PV systems in Massachusetts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHARLEMONT — We are disappointed with the recent release of House 4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that is co-chaired by state Sen. Benjamin Downing. Our disappointment starts with the back-room approach that seems to have been taken, whereby large … 0