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Editorial: Open minds key to Amherst development

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In town-gown relations, as in real estate, three factors matter most: location, location and — you guessed it — location. Nowhere is that more evident than in the latest arguments over proposals to bring University of Massachusetts students and year-round Amherst residents out of their separate spheres and into closer proximity downtown. This month, consultants hired by the university and town proposed a strategy that would more directly connect UMass …

Christine M. Flowers: Cosby accusers should have spoken up sooner

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I know that the nuns who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I’ve come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it’s always good to reach out to the suffering, there are times when you have to say, “Sorry, but you waited too long. I can’t help you …

James McDonald: Thanks Dan Yacuzzo for his work on city’s behalf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I attended the memorial service for Dan Yacuzzo at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. What an affirmation of his life it was. I came away with an awareness of how lucky this city has been to have a man like Dan working on its behalf. Northampton was the center of his working life and its well-being was his passion. Although he …

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David Katz: Disheartening to watch Obama as president

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: The Democratic Party suffered a significant electoral defeat in the 2014 elections, on both the federal and state levels. Democratic losses spanned the country, occurring in both moderate and heavily blue states. The causes of this are many: effective Republican candidates, weak Democratic ones (e.g. …

Julius Lester: Wishes letter writer had extended more respect to Love

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: In her letter (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Nov. 4), a writer criticizes Professor Emerita Barbara Love for some of her views on racism. “Could the shopping incident example that Love offered her audience have something to do with a misunderstanding or a hearing disability on the …

Editorial: Recalling a long-ago hero on this Veterans Day

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing didn’t live long enough to have children. He died July 3, 1863, on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, along with many of the men he commanded in a Union artillery division. And so it …

Jasper Lapienski: Blue-state revolt: Why he’s glad he voted for Evan Falchuk

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Baker, 48.5 percent. Coakley, 46.6 percent. Falchuk, 3.3 percent. I’m not a Republican, but results like these make me smile: Thanks to the courage and principle of over 71,000 fellow Massachusetts voters, Democrats have been firmly put in their place by democracy. I assure you, I …

Rob Rechtschaffen: Doctor takes issue with Fleitman’s Ebola column

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: As a physician, I was angered by Dr. Jay Fleitman’s Nov. 4 column on Ebola. Taking a political rather than reasoned approach, he blamed government and healthcare workers while fueling doubt and fear. I know something I tell patients today may change with new science …

John Wroblewski: Whately voters have an option

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: The issue of consolidating town offices has been debated for long enough. The best solution available now is for the town of Whately to purchase the regional library building in our industrial park. Using the asking price and adding funds for interior renovations would cost …

Maxine J. Stein: Make sure you thank a veteran today and every day

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day, today, Nov. 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military. These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks …

John Sheirer: When polar winds blow through Facebook pages

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A recent Pew Research Center study showed that 44 percent of liberals have blocked or unfriended someone on social media for political reasons, compared to 31 percent of conservatives. Some folks are heralding the study as proof that liberals are intolerant. But that interpretation misses an …

Editorial: Historic tavern gives up its secrets in Deerfield

Sunday, November 9, 2014

You can’t get a drink at the Barnard Tavern in Old Deerfield, but visitors will eventually be able to walk through a space transported back in time — to when the business was a popular way station for …

Natalia Muñoz: Northampton tax program is plain wrong

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: Asking seniors and veterans to work — and for a measly $10 an hour — as “volunteers” so that the city reduce their property taxes by up to $1,000 may be a great option for some people, but not most. This program penalizes the grandmother …