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History is repeating itself as giant snow banks, like this one photographed in February 2013, have formed on Main Street in Northampton. The Department of Public Works has no plans to remove the snow until Monday night at the earliest.

Editorial: Early warning helps region prepare for a storm’s blast

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the time you read this, a winter storm packing an historic punch will be raging outside. Roads will be deserted — given the state-ordered travel ban that began at midnight Monday. Most people will be hunkered down at home — or at work for the duration. The travel ban ordered by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday will help ensure …

Tynan Power: Time to face facts on anti-Semitism here in Valley

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last week, the Gazette reported on vandalism at and near residences on Sherman Avenue, which included anti-Semitic graffiti. (“Northampton teens face charges after vandalism with swastikas,” Jan. 21). The article reported that the perpetrators, girls aged 14 and 15, were not yet being charged with a hate crime because the residents — none of whom are Jewish — did not feel …

Paul Cherulnik: Is it guile or just plain cheating?

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: I saw your characterization of Bill Belichick in a recent paper. Guile may be your attribution for cheating but I prefer dishonesty. It’s interesting that coaches in sports get credit for helping build character in their players and then when they’re caught in a display of poor character that must influence not only their players but also young people who …

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Editorial: Incoming AG Maura Healey makes opiate abuse a first priority

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Attorney General-elect Maura Healey has set an important and ambitious agenda by targeting the state’s growing heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis as her first major initiative when she takes office Wednesday. “Every day, families across Massachusetts are …

Sara Weinberger: A visit with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I sought respite from frigid temperatures by ducking into the expansive array of art, history, nature and science offered by D.C.’s mostly free museums. Although I failed to find aesthetic value in many of the contemporary canvases that lined …

Dorothea Munro: Wants Northampton to do the right thing for Stu Miller

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: It was nice to see the Gazette devote so much of the paper Jan. 6 to Stu Miller, my late brother-in-law. Stu was always proud of his hometown, Northampton, his family and his baseball career. It will be interesting to see what the Northampton Recreation …

Mark Gelotte: Damon Road signals test driver’s patience

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: I was prompted to write after reading the Jan. 10 Gazette article, “High-speed rail, low-speed road” about traffic delays. Weeks ago, when I saw the new lights being installed on Damon Road in Northampton, I groaned in anticipation, (as I’m sure many others did) knowing …

Emily Starkweather: Appreciation for Amherst police officers’ ‘respect for black life’

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: I have respect for the work that police officers do. But police, all police, need to stop defending themselves and admit that their fellow officers across the country have gotten away with murder. That’s the way the system has been set up and it’s time …

Jim Foudy: Promising rail future will be sidelined unless Congress gets moving

Friday, January 16, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim Foudy, a former editor and publisher of the Gazette, begins a monthly column today. NORTHAMPTON — The return of the Vermonter to the Connecticut River line after more than a quarter century brings the dream …

Editorial: From its cover, Charlie Hebdo shows its spirit to be unbroken

Friday, January 16, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring …

Jean Esther: Our era’s paramount call: end racism in American life

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette recently published guest columns by Andrew Trushaw (Dec. 31) and Joshua Wallace (Jan. 5). I couldn’t agree more with Wallace that as residents and business owners in Northampton, we deserve clear-minded, fair leadership from our elected officials and public servants such as the police. …

Alex Kent: Let’s have thicker skins about editorial cartoons

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: A letter-writer wonders (Jan. 10-11 Gazette), “Is it possible for this liberal newspaper to print an occasional editorial cartoon that doesn’t demonize America or our police officers.” My question in response: Are America and its police officers’ feelings so weak, so fragile and so easily …

David E. Schneider: Amherst school’s proposed schedule changes needs closer look

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: A proposal to change significantly the curriculum and schedule of the Amherst Regional Middle School is being rushed to the superintendent to meet a deadline mandated by the teachers’ union. A laudable desire to improve students’ learning motivates the proposal. Nevertheless, there are important details …