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Marietta Pritchard: A class reunion worth attending

Friday, October 17, 2014

TO OUR READERS: Starting Nov. 14, Marietta Pritchard’s monthly column moves from the editorial page to a new home in Hampshire Life. AMHERST — I’m not usually enthusiastic about class reunions, and in fact, I’ve managed to avoid all but a few of my own over the years. I don’t enjoy the boosterism and enforced jollity along with mediocre food and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. But this one was going to be different. It was a mini-reunion, just a few friends who would meet for a couple of days in Williamstown, chosen for its convenient location and pleasant lodgings. When we first started planning, one of our number wanted to make sure the event didn’t replicate …

Editorial: Sidewalks of the city: They must be vibrant, but also shared by all

Friday, October 17, 2014

In May 2013, Mayor David J. Narkewicz kicked a hornet’s nest when he ordered the removal of six sidewalk benches on Main Street in Northampton in an effort to curb the loitering and panhandling that some shopkeepers said was hurting business. T he mayor wisely reversed that action within days after residents decried the move as an ill-advised attempt to control something that …

Ella Smolenski: Voting for Coakley in November election

Friday, October 17, 2014

To the editor: What an exciting opportunity we have to elect Martha Coakley as our next governor. I will be coming out to vote for Martha because I am very impressed with her mental health care plan. Please take the time to go to her website and read it. Martha really understands that mental health is a public health concern and that it …

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Editorial: High court’s non-decision blows away gay-marriage bans

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sometimes less can be more — at least for the Supreme Court. By declining to take up gay marriage this term, the court opens the door to such unions in 60 percent of the country, for the first time bringing this overdue liberty to a majority of gay …

Jim Palermo: The over-reaching of the super-rich

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Most Americans applaud the brave people in Hong Kong who are protesting against the Chinese government, demanding the right to democratic elections. At the same time, however, many of us who claim to love democracy are content to let our cherished form of government be eroded …

Ellenor M. Rennell: Forbes Library fan praises outreach program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: I would like to thank the anonymous donor for providing the grant so the Outreach Program of Forbes Library can be continued to provide materials to people who cannot come to the Northampton institution. I have used the program for almost nine years and was …

Joe Curran: Northampton BID supporters are missing the point

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: I can understand how Northampton residents would see the Business Improvement District organization (BID) as a wonderful thing for everyone. Only crazy “obstructionists” could be against local businesses chipping in “paltry sums” to make Northampton a more beautiful place, right? Well, here are a few …

Caroline Drew: UMass failed student, parents in drug overdose case

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: As the parent of a daughter who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this past spring, I was saddened to learn that if my daughter were the one that the Boston Globe referred to as “Logan,” who was recruited into a confidential police informant …

Montserrat Archbald: Time to update state’s bottle bill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To the editor: On Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters have an opportunity to reduce litter, increase recycling, save energy, create jobs and save money for their communities by voting yes on Question 2. If Question 2 passes, the Updated Bottle Bill will put a 5-cent deposit on non-carbonated beverages …

Editorial: Misty day brings close to state horse racing

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

When thoroughbred racing ended at the Three County Fair in 2006, horse owners shook their heads. The loss of even small yearly venues like the Northampton track made it harder to sustain their business. The closing of Suffolk …

Bruce Watson: A long, slow road to destruction?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Turning off NPR again, I put the iPod on shuffle. Its first song came from some Old Folkie collection I forgot I had: The Eastern World, it is explodin’ Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’ You’re old enough to kill... If you’re old enough to remember, you recognize “Eve of …

Editorial: Reforms must help protect funeral home customers

Monday, October 6, 2014

As the debacle swirling around the now defunct Ryder Funeral Home reached its peak last spring, several funeral home directors interviewed by the Gazette lamented the black eye given to an industry built on community trust. When that trust is jeopardized, as was the case with William W. …

Jay Fleitman: Singing the bluest state blues

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Blue Massachusetts, the bluest state in the U.S. There is not a single Republican in the congressional delegation, and other than Scott Brown’s short tenure in the Senate, not a single Republican has been elected to …