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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 crimes against children, even on their own time, are no longer eligible to collect a state pension. Some conduct so violates the … 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 live with their parents, they can be in foster care or live with a relative. … 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 vote to allow three casinos and a slots parlor in the state. Certain players, notably … 2

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Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

gary, that's highly unlikely. I've tutored immigrants who take English courses in Northampton, and they're wonderful people who happen to have had...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Sarah Buttenwieser: Why midwife Judie Brock’s reputation preceded her

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Judie Brock was the first midwife to catch a baby at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in 1982. Her ability to assist families with the birth of their children was part of a watershed for women having babies … 0

Claudia Lefko: AP story on Gaza did not deserve to be on Gazette’s front page

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: A front-page article (“Israel searches for soldier,” Aug. 2) about an Israeli soldier feared captured? One soldier, when more than a thousand Palestinians, including hundreds of children, caught desperately in the assault on Gaza have … 2

Dorothy Cresswell: Horrified by the carnage in Gaza

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: Early this month, I had the amazing experience of standing in solidarity with the members of the local Springfield mosque in the protest that they organized to cry out for the people of Gaza. Long before this massive attack on Gaza in plain sight of … 0

Michael Engel: Where is Westfield State faculty outrage over Evan Dobelle’s excesses?

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: In 1986, Westfield State President Francis J. Pilecki tried to cover up his misdeeds — sexual assaults on male students — with a crafty administrative maneuver that ended up placing the blame on faculty incompetence. At the time, I was president of the faculty union. … 0

John Sheirer: The wisdom (or lack thereof) of taking President Obama to court

Sunday, August 10, 2014

To the editor: Those of us fortunate enough to experience the blessings of the Norwottuck Rail Trail need to exercise common sense in its use. The trail is inherently multi-use, frequented by individuals and groups, of commuters on bikes, dog walkers, bird watchers and runners. To ensure a … 0

Editorial: Northampton road work’s inconvenience will pay off in future

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s hard to get around Northampton this month without running into signs warning of road work and streets that have been torn up. But the inconveniences for motorists now will pay off for years to come as the city addresses a long-neglected need to upgrade its heavily traveled … 0

Howard Friel: On Israel’s asserted right of self-defense

Sunday, August 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Was 9/11 a criminal act or an act of war justifying the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? Similarly, are actions against Israel by militants in Gaza criminal acts or acts of war justifying the habitual Israeli invasions and shelling of Gaza? These are not legalistic … 2

Editorial: Northampton business owners get cold shoulder on rail project

Friday, August 8, 2014

Work to improve a railroad crossing in Northampton this weekend will force detours and delays. Some disruption is of course inevitable with big road projects. For travelers, it’s part of the cost of progress — and the pain is temporary. Those who manage projects like this must limit … 0

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Let’s all act to help fix problems in a broken world

Friday, August 8, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — This summer I went hiking in Scotland for several weeks. During that time, I did not hear news of any kind — except for who won the World Cup. Then, on my flight home from London to Boston, I sat next to a woman who recounted … 0

Kumble Subbaswamy: Goal of sharing UMass cost reached in time of cutbacks

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — In a time when many states are divesting from public higher education, the political leaders of Massachusetts had the vision to do just the opposite. By enacting the second year of the “50/50” funding plan for the University of Massachusetts, they have demonstrated a deep understanding … 0