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Mary L. Wentworth: Make Israel pay with loss of U.S. foreign aid

Friday, August 1, 2014

To the editor: The first step in negotiating a solution to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is to find a new mediator. For at least three decades, the United States has assumed this obligation. But no solution to this crisis can be found when the mediator is biased in favor of one of the parties. We just heard yet another U.S. president announce that “Israel has a right to … 0

Editorial: IG’s report on Westfield State pillories Evan S. Dobelle’s imperial presidency

Friday, August 1, 2014

August is the month when college kids and their families write big checks. Students from Massachusetts who attend Westfield State University this year, for instance, will pay around $22,000. If they read a new report from the state Inspector General’s office, Westfield State students may steam with anger as they part with hard-earned … 0

Bill Newman: How Hatfield resident William Burke III was found guilty of a thought crime

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Headlines in western Massachusetts newspapers at the conclusion of the recent federal criminal trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and his assistants, Elizabeth Tavares and Hatfield resident William Burke III should have read, “Jurors reject almost all government case against Burke.” Instead, the headlines emphasized the half dozen guilty verdicts … 0

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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

Karin Wilburn: Clearing up some facts about local quilt history

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A recent letter to the Gazette described the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild chapter’s history and activities. Please allow me to correct the record regarding the group’s history. The Northampton Area Modern Quilt Guild was founded and run by Julie Zuckman of Florence in 2010 for … 0