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Editorial: First up, an Olympics of public skepticism on the 2024 Games

Friday, March 27, 2015

The state placed a help-wanted ad this week related to having Boston host the Olympics in 2024. The help that’s needed: an independent accounting of how the games would affect the state and its capital city. We’re glad officials see the need for answers. Boston 2024, fresh from awarding its leaders big salaries to pursue the Olympics bid, is feeling the heat of public doubt and has reiterated pledges the …

Clare Higgins: An investment we’ll never regret: better education for 4-year-olds

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I read something in the paper almost every week about pre-kindergarten as the key to school success. States like Oklahoma, Georgia and Virginia are offering free admission to pre-kindergarten to 4-year-olds. New York City started its program for 4-year-olds last September. Some of these programs are full day and some are half day. Some are full year and some follow the …

Larry Parnass: A Gazette humorist’s secrets revealed

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette newsroom just isn’t the same these days without: a) An Air Force veteran proud of saying, “I served my country in Rome (pause) Rome, N.Y.” b) A skilled paginator who threw himself like an aggrieved terrier at blank pages. c) One architect of the Gazette News Quiz. d) The …

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George Ryan: President right not to recognize religious motivation of ISIS

Saturday, March 21, 2015

To the editor: I wish to respond to Peter Vickery’s March 11 column, “Calling out terrorism for what it is.” Vickery faults President Obama for failing to acknowledge the religious motivation of ISIS — a motivation he characterizes as an “honest one.” He also faults him for not …

Editorial: Shovel out or prepare to pay up

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One day this winter, a frail woman leaning on a walker inched her way down the middle of Northampton’s busy Conz Street. She had chosen the dangers of traffic over the risks of a sidewalk laden with ragged layers of snow and ice. It’s a choice nobody should …

Jim Foudy: Love the Olympics, wary of the price tag

Saturday, March 21, 2015

If you have wondered what’s really driving Boston’s bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024, the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute provided the answer this week: money, and lots of it. Forget the rhetoric about the Olympics burnishing Boston’s international reputation. Boston business and construction industry leaders …

Catherine Etheridge: Expelling students for what they say is not the right lesson

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: University of Oklahoma President David Boren said, “I hope that students involved in this incident will learn from this experience and realize that it is wrong to use words to hurt, threaten, and exclude other people.” I’m wondering, then, why did he himself use words …

Editorial: Healthy Hampshire shines welcome light on challenges

Thursday, March 19, 2015

People living in the residential East Hadley Road neighborhood off Route 116 south of downtown Amherst face challenges in their daily routines that are not part of the lives of many other residents. Because of inconvenient bus schedules and tricky access to the nearby Norwottuck Rail Trail, a …

Kevin Lake: Visitors to Northampton’s wild lands should roam responsibly

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Thanks to the work and dedication of countless volunteers and organizations, the city of Northampton has a wealth of permanently conserved open spaces that serve to protect natural systems while allowing for passive recreational use. These include areas of all sizes, in all areas of the …

Newton D. Bowdan: Israel should focus on more than spiritual aims in its defense

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: A March 10 letter writer in the Gazette was correct in saying that the United States does not have a state religion because one does not work for us. She then goes on erroneously to portray Israel as a religious state wanting to dispense with …

Genevieve Fraser: GOP senators letter to Iran likely an act of treason

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act, a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. The Logan Act …

Julianne Yanko: A shout out to workers who keep us safe in tough winters

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To the editor: Transportation and snow removal have been particularly taxing this winter and we are so grateful for all of the town and private employees who have kept the roads safe, the mail coming and the trash going. Thanks to all of those people who’ve worked even …

Editorial: Proposed records reform gives citizens their due

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Transparency in civic life isn’t a partisan issue. This month, Gov. Charlie Baker demanded it of leaders of Boston 2024, the private group trying to bring the Olympics to Massachusetts. And he pledged in January that the Massachusetts Health Connector would be straightforward about the costs of administering …