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Ralph Dolan poses for a portrait, Tuesday, in Northampton.

SARAH CROSBY

Ralph Dolan: Edwards’ faith reached beyond fire and brimstone

Monday, July 28, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of the columnist’s look at the life of 18th century preacher Rev. Jonathan Edwards. NORTHAMPTON — Jonathan Edwards was described as a “frail, scholarly” youth of 24 when he arrived in Northampton in 1727. He came to succeed his maternal grandfather, the Rev. Solomon Stoddard, as a spiritual leader in this small, frontier community of only 200 families. Life here was short, precarious and full of hardship. The indigenous people were suffering the first traumatic reverberations of a clash of cultures, being pushed around and treated like lower forms of life. How were they ever to understand that … 0

Editorial: Sloppy work or under staffing? Lax funeral inspections allow Ryder's alleged negligent operation to continue

Monday, July 28, 2014

As the families who did business with the now-shuttered Ryder Funeral Home transfer their funeral arrangements elsewhere, file lawsuits or search for missing funeral contract money, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office needs to step in and help state regulators sort out the mess. That’s because the state Division of Professional Licensure and Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers appear to have … 0

Gustav Niebuhr: The bishop and Abe Lincoln An example of religion’s positive influence on politics

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Founding Fathers had good reasons for explicitly barring government from inserting itself into matters of religion. But nothing in the Constitution forbids a president from consulting with clerics, and meetings between presidents and religious figures have, on occasion, helped shape history. One such time came when an Episcopal Church bishop traveled to Washington from Minnesota to try to persuade Abraham Lincoln to … 0

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Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Karl W. Ryavec: Many reasons why military don’t show up

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: What many do not know is that leaving one’s duty station without permission can be rather common in the military. While on a destroyer escort in the Pacific during the 1950s I would always wonder, before every stint at sea, “Who will not show up … 0

Steve Funderburk: Pistorius murder trial belongs in news section

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: I note the Associated Press article about the status of the Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in the sports section along with Sox David Ortiz’s three-run homer and the tough week at Wimbleton for the ‘women’s side.’ I would urge that the Gazette, even if posting … 0

Stephanie Slysz: Supports Healey’s transparency on spending

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: In light of recent controversy over campaign finance and the call for reform, as an inquisitive voter I unearthed some discrepancies about Maura Healey and Warren Tolman’s People’s Pledge to ban outside spending in the Massachusetts Attorney General race. On May 29, Healey approached Tolman … 0

Northampton BID must win over critics

Friday, July 18, 2014

By the numbers, the “no” votes won the day in 2009 when downtown Northampton property owners considered launching a Business Improvement District. But that didn’t scuttle the BID, because reluctant property owners could simply opt out. Since then, guiding this effort to polish Northampton’s commercial center has been … 0

Pre-campaign hits and misses

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton reportedly plans to spend most of the summer in relative seclusion, after a month-long pre-campaign road test promoting her qualifications from being secretary of state and testing her stamina for a potential marathon ahead. But frenzied … 0

Susan Morrello: Gives praises for Amherst Taste recycling

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Amherst’s Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Amherst Committee, participating businesses and volunteer composting coaches. At the recent Taste of Amherst, you collectively diverted approximately six tons of compostable “trash” from ending up in landfills or from being incinerated. Instead, it went to … 0

Suzanne Forman: Generosity, caring by Ted’s greatly appreciated

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: On Saturday I drove to Northampton and parked in the parking garage in order to buy my daughter some shoes at Ted’s Boot Shop. We spent about ten minutes in the store and left with my daughter sporting some new sandals. When the search through … 0

Danielle Letourneau-Therrien:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” … 0

Carolyn Cave: UUSA invites folks to come see the restored window

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Dear Amherst friends and neighbors, The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA) would like to thank the community for supporting the restoration of the beautiful “Angel of the Lilies” Tiffany stained glass window. With the support of the Historical Commission and very generous CPA funding … 0

Editorial: Pope shows compassion, needs to show action

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pope Francis met for the first time last week with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy. He conducted a private Mass with six victims — two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany — at his Vatican … 0