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Hope C. Corlius: Goat Girls group appreciates donation of Christmas trees

Monday, March 2, 2015

To the editor: We would like to extend since appreciation to the nearly 100 households that donated their Christmas trees to our goat herd in the weeks after the holidays. These trees, in addition to helping make the feed budget stretch longer in the cold winter months, also provided welcome greenery into the diets of our goats. With buds already becoming visible on some of our area trees, spring certainly …

Jay Fleitman: A man, a shovel and a mound of snow that won’t go away

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — ISIS is rampaging through the Middle East. The mullahs of Iran are working towards nuclear weapons. Putin is taking territory from the Ukraine. Obamacare is turning our health care system inside out. In this column I want to consider something else important: municipal snow plowing. I have lived in my house for almost 30 years. Every year, snowfall after snowfall without …

Erin Mahon-Moore: Why it’s important to ‘school local’ as well as ‘shop local’

Sunday, March 1, 2015

To the editor: I write on behalf of the organizing committee of the Northampton Public Schools Action Coalition in response to the Feb. 20 letter in the Gazette from a Northampton parent. We would like to clarify that the coalition organized the public meeting to which the writer refers in his letter. PSAC is not a PTO, but a district-wide advocacy group of …

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Tracey Belliveau: My father’s hospice care at Northampton VA came with compassion — and cats

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “I’ve got bad news.” This was the beginning of a phone conversation with my 91-year-old father, Robert L. Belliveau, from his bed in Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Doctors would not be able to operate on his failing …

Sarah Aasheim: Documentary ‘The Crash Reel’ an inspiration for local family

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I’d like to express my thanks to Whole Children of Hadley for its Feb. 8 screening of “The Crash Reel.” This documentary tells the comeback story of Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. …

Lynne Rudder Baker: Appalled by UMass Amherst policy to bar Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I am appalled by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new and gratuitous policy of barring Iranian students from certain fields of study, as told in a Feb. 13 Boston Globe article headlined, “UMass Amherst Stops Admitting Iranians to Some Graduate Programs.” Here are some salient …

Roger Herman: UMass should rethink policy banning Iranians from courses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I was stunned to read the article in Monday’s Gazette about a ban on Iranian students from specific courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If our universities cannot exhibit some degree of fairness towards the people who study there or want to study there, …

Adam Fisher: A scholar who moves like a moth to hypocrisy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My friend Brian Victoria, a Zen monk and author of “Zen at War,” is a pain in the patoot. But because he is a pain in the patoot, I know him as a friend I value …

Editorial: Historic Northampton issues a plea to save what it preserves

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Before they were dubbed a “campus,” a few handsome wooden homes east of downtown Northampton housed the city’s oldest families. Children came into the world here, wills were read and horses shod. Getting to the next year, in a young America, took doing. Today is a struggle as …

Eleanor Wakin: ‘Being Mortal’ segment raises questions about end of life

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: On Feb. 10, public television aired a Frontline segment, “Being Mortal,” based on the experiences of a Boston surgeon and author, Atul Gawande, as expressed in his book of the same title. The program explored ways in which health care providers practice their professions when …

Editorial: Many hands needed to address Northampton BID’s demise

Monday, February 16, 2015

Any organization created to care for Northampton’s downtown after the demise of the Business Improvement District will succeed only if volunteers and supporters commit time and money — and stay with it. The BID was dissolved after five years in operation when a judge ruled Nov. 12 the …

Kit Sang Boos: Wishes Northampton would be more considerate of pedestrians

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: Let me add my voice to the current discontent with Northampton Department of Public Works plows dumping snow on shoveled sidewalks. This is my annual plight despite years of fruitless complaints. Once I was out shoveling, doing my civic duty, in a bright red parka …

Lawrence Tucker: Of bicycles and snowmobiles: A time for sharing?

Monday, February 16, 2015

To the editor: I love to ride a bicycle and I love to ride on rail trails. Western Massachusetts has both the Norwottuck Rail Trail and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in the Berkshires as prime examples of great rail trail paths. I have ridden both of these trails …