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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

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

William Santy: Let’s think twice about who are next president should be

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A well coordinated media-hype campaign can easily convince the masses of something they should not be convinced of. The best place to determine if the media-hype is working is the college campus. Recently there have been three separate videos taken on a campus of an … 1

Alex Kent: Disturbing news at Forbes Library sad to hear

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: A heartbreaking headline and photo on a recent Gazette front page: “Arson suspected at Forbes.” Some angry person attempted to burn down one of Northampton’s – one of any town’s – most precious institutions: the public library. It felt like a dear friend had been … 0

George Goodwin, Rhoda Honigberg: Huge stakes in upcoming election

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: “I wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here, so I could boycott it.” This was the sentiment expressed by a friend of ours recently. If the Senate falls into the hands of Republicans in November we can expect even greater restrictions on our rights. … 2

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