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Editorial: Tree canopy a resource worth city’s time, effort

Monday, September 1, 2014

It doesn’t take a math whiz to see that if Northampton has lost 500 public shade trees since 2006 but planted only 242 replacements, its tree canopy is headed for trouble. Officials and residents concerned about the health of Northampton’s trees are poised to take steps that will reverse that trend. This is time, energy and money well spent. The term canopy refers to the area of a community shaded … 0

Jay Fleitman: Rights and the Hobby Lobby case

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A letter to the editor appealed to fellow Democrats to contribute to Democratic candidates for Senate outside of Massachusetts. The writer was concerned about the impact of a Republican-controlled Senate on the future of Supreme Court nominees. The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was put forward as clear evidence that a conservative Supreme Court would continue to … 0

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Essay: What we did on our summer vacations. … The nation’s smoldering seams of inequality, injustice, unequal treatment under the law and unresolved racism roiling our society-in-denial violently erupted, again. … Methane vents are fracturing the northern regions as the polar ice vanishes and the tundra thaws, giving wings to the galloping dragon of catastrophic climate change. … Gaza City, comprising … 4

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Carol Sharick: Amherst educators can only do so much. The rest is up to us.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

AMHERST — I attended the Amherst Regional School Committee retreat this month and was pleasantly surprised at the civility and productivity shown by the group. Given what I’ve read in the paper in recent months, one would think … 0

Editorial: Arts advocates put Transperformance on the map

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The lineup for Tuesday’s “Transperformance XXIV” — the annual musical extravaganza that raises money for arts enrichment programs in Northampton’s public schools — lists the following local residents as hosts for the event, along with the more famous … 0

Ralph J. Dolan: Finding compassion for those in flight from violence in other lands

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — What now, America? With waves of human beings streaming across your southern border seeking refuge, you are now reaping the bitter fruit of centuries of occupation, plunder, coup d’ etats, proxy wars, exploitation, enslavement, torture and … 0

Editorial: SJC ruling shows need to reform pension law

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We are troubled by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling this week allowing a former high school teacher in Amherst to continue collecting his state retirement benefits. Justices followed a law that demands to be changed. The Legislature should adjust the statute so that teachers convicted of reprehensible … 0

Clare Higgins: Investing in right start for America’s children

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We have a free public school system in our country that assures every child a seat. It doesn’t matter that the child just moved into the community, or has a special need, doesn’t speak English, or even that their parents don’t work. They don’t have to … 0

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fair warning, voters of Massachusetts: As campaigns for and against casino gambling ratchet up in advance of a November ballot question, prepare to be smothered with arguments. The gambling industry spent millions to lobby lawmakers before the 2011 … 2

Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals … 0

Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs … 0

Eric Stahlberg III: On truth in applications and standard Northampton crosswalks

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Two recent city issues reported on by the Gazette where City Councilor Jesse Adams has taken a strong position are interesting — and while I don’t agree with him on both, I appreciate his argument. They both, in my opinion, tell a little of how … 0