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Readers respond to Prashad Gaza column: Rabbi Justin David, Avoiding either/or on the Gaza crisis

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are certain incontrovertible realities about the conflict between Israel and Hamas taking place in Gaza, none of which lead to easy conclusions. Hamas is firing rockets indiscriminately at civilian targets in Israel, for which Israel not only has the right but the obligation to respond in order to protect its … 1

Editorial: Final push still needed to close digital divide

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We predicted 18 months ago that despite a hefty governmental outlay, five years would drag by before communities left behind in our Internet age won broadband access. We didn’t want to be right, but it looks increasingly doubtful the digital divide will disappear soon in rural western Massachusetts. Still, there is hope. A bill that passed muster July 24 in the Legislature’s conference … 0

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Readers respond to Prashad Gaza column: Rabbi Justin David, Avoiding either/or on the Gaza crisis

Louis S. Greenbaum: Cowls barn worth saving

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst should save from demolition the Cowls barn, one of the earliest, most important and handsome barns in our town. We should also impose a demolition delay in order to study all possible options for its restoration and repair. The Historical Commission is set to consider the fate … 0

Paul Greenberg: Bring back local seafood

Monday, July 21, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. … 0

Editorial: At last, sweet changes for Pulaski Park

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Friday afternoon, Northampton’s Pulaski Park looked like an OK place to be. A young couple sat on the grass in a shady spot under a tree. Two little kids zoomed down a slide, while a young woman, seated on a nearby bench, chatted on her phone. A … 0

Bernie Bachand: Flags great, but U.S. flag deserves special status

Monday, July 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to respond to a letter in the Gazette about the rainbow flag flown at the Jackson Street School. My statement in an earlier letter was that the United States flag stands for “We the People.” In response, the writers said “that is … 0

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