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Bill Newman: Work still needed to ensure full LGBT equality

Saturday, July 4, 2015

America is a freer country today than it was before June 26, 2015, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Since 2011, with the demise of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gays and lesbians have been entitled to serve equally in the military. Since 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage …

Steve Randall: The shape of class in America

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The market system has built-in mechanisms to ensure that employees’ total compensation does not “get out of hand” (from the capitalists’ viewpoint) … and that employees will dutifully take the command and direction of their bosses at work. The critical key to both these constraints on employees is unemployment in the labor market — an excess supply of labor, or people looking for …

Jody Kasper: In modern policing, officers must be far more than ‘enforcers’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are excerpts from Jody Kasper’s remarks upon taking office Tuesday as chief of the Northampton Police Department. NORTHAMPTON — Over the past few weeks, when news of my selection as police chief became public, many people contacted me with their congratulations and support. A number of these calls and …

Lois Ahrens: Wanted: More justice in criminal justice system

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On June 11, Vivian Poreda must have believed she was out of options to pay her mortgage when she attempted to hold up the Freedom Credit Union with a cap gun. She knew her family was at risk of losing their home. She was charged with …

Zac Bears: The right road to a ‘great’ UMass Amherst

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — It was almost impossible to escape the call for Massachusetts to “be great” during the campaign of now-Gov. Charlie Baker last fall. And Baker’s campaign slogan has followed him right through a rough winter and the …

Adam Fisher: The ties that really do bind

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On Saturday, as I was weeding around a decorative rock that sits on what passes for a front yard here, I heard a woman’s voice behind me saying, “Good morning.” It was a tentative, polite voice …

What happened to the pot stigma?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Twenty years ago, drug dealers were seen for what they were ­— criminal and dangerous elements in our society. They were shunned by the mainstream. People who sold marijuana were considered losers, in the business of harming our children. Parents warned their kids to stay away from those …

Rebecca Rice: Juror No. 3 reflects on the case against Leo E. Fugler III

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The excused were giddy as schoolchildren on a snow day as they hurried out of the Hampshire County Superior Court, released from jury duty in the Commonwealth vs. Leo E. Fugler, III trial, grateful they won’t …

John Paradis: Book lovers to the rescue — we hope

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You know that saying, “he’s like a kid in a candy store?” Well, my parents would say this about me: “He’s like a kid in a book store.” Some kids might spend a day fishing or tinkering on a car in the garage. But not me. …

George Courmouzis: Boston’s uphill Olympics bid

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Boston faces two uphill battles in its quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. One is against the majority of the residents of Boston and Massachusetts, who voice concerns about leadership, cost and benefits. The other is against the odds of beating its European contenders. In …

Hwei-Ling Greeney: The right first step: get people housing

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST — Since I both live and work in downtown Amherst, I crisscross both sides of North Pleasant Street multiple times a day. As I walk past CVS, I see a woman with a cardboard sign, asking for money. Her slumped shoulders and weathered face make her look …

Christine M. Flowers: Jenner’s dignity dimmed by cheesecake poses in magazine

Monday, June 8, 2015

So apparently we’re all supposed to be inspired by the Person Formerly Known as Bruce Jenner. We’re supposed to clean up our language so that the correct pronouns are used, we’re supposed to marvel at the “beauty” of that Annie Liebowitz cover, we’re supposed to avoid sexist speculation …

Jeanne Shumway: Don’t cram middle schoolers into Amherst Regional High School

Sunday, June 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Gazette’s brief editorial Thursday was disappointing: not for what it says, but for what it ignores. It rather gushingly praises a proposed change in the basic structure of education in the Amherst regional schools which would house all secondary grades (7-12) in the high school …