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Bruce Watson: 'North Dakota becomes a state ... no one knows why' In celebration of National Boredom Month, great moments in American ennui

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LEVERETT — First the bad news: Due to tedious circumstances, the opening ceremonies of National Boredom Month have been canceled. We boredom aficionados are mildly upset. Don’t we deserve another NFL Training Camp Roundup? Another Low-level City Official Speech-a-thon? Another Marathon Chair Slouch? But now the good news: This weekend, in lieu of the usual kickoff to August ennui, comes … 0

Editorial: 12 hours in jail that could have been avoided

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It would be simple to conclude that a judge misused his power in jailing Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant, for failing to pay a $508 debt. But closer examination reveals that the case is not so simple. While Judge Robert S. Murphy erred in putting him behind bars, Okoroafor also bears … 0

Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing … 0

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wow not nice mayor. there goes my support for the next time ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Obviously, there are pieces of this puzzle that we, the public, do not have. However, I can only imagine what a shock...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Editorial: 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 … 0

Sara Weinberger: Loving our way out of Mideast war

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 … 2

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 … 1

Selena Kerr: Some suggestions on the immigration crisis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: We all feel endless compassion for the poor people (especially children) who come to our border for a better life. But here’s the bad news. We are out of money. When I see “three and a half billion” for the immediate response to the current … 0

Ruth Jacobson-Hardy: Praises Lynds but questions NHS commitment to videography

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: Congratulations to Kris Lynds for his success in videography and for pursuing his dreams and interests. Hearing about a young adult from Northampton making it big by earning six nominations for a regional Emmy award … 0

Johannes Raatz: Vote yes on Question 4 for right to sick time

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: This November, Massachusetts will vote on a ballot initiative which would ensure all workers in our commonwealth have the right to earn sick time. Shockingly, nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing pay and risking the loss of … 0

Louis S. Greenbaum: Cowls barn worth saving

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst should save from demolition the Cowls barn, one of the earliest, most important and handsome barns in our town. We should also impose a demolition delay in order to study all possible options for its restoration and repair. The Historical Commission is set to consider the fate … 0

Paul Greenberg: Bring back local seafood

Monday, July 21, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. … 0

Editorial: At last, sweet changes for Pulaski Park

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Friday afternoon, Northampton’s Pulaski Park looked like an OK place to be. A young couple sat on the grass in a shady spot under a tree. Two little kids zoomed down a slide, while a young woman, seated on a nearby bench, chatted on her phone. A … 0

Bernie Bachand: Flags great, but U.S. flag deserves special status

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to respond to a letter in the Gazette about the rainbow flag flown at the Jackson Street School. My statement in an earlier letter was that the United States flag stands for “We the People.” In response, the writers said “that is … 0