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Gordon Shaw: Why public investment is critical to Valley CDC project in Northampton

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the Northampton City Council prepares to vote Thursday on approval of community preservation funds to develop affordable housing on the site of the former Northampton lumber yard, the Northampton Housing Partnership offers some context on whether this is an appropriate project to support. From the Partnership’s perspective, the charge to do so is critical, as articulated in Northampton’s Housing Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan compiled in 2011: …

Barry Roth: Let’s calculate future costs of Pleasant Street project

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I am a longtime supporter of the Community Preservation Act and believe it serves a valuable function to enhance historical preservation, affordable housing, parks and recreation and open space. That said, I believe its funds would be used improperly as a down payment for the Valley CDC project at a former lumberyard on Pleasant Street. The proposed project, to its credit, …

Let the conversation begin

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The show must go on, as they say — until it’s gone on long enough. On Jan. 14, the student-run Project Theatre group at Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” opting instead to write and produce a new show of its own. The reason: Ensler’s 1996 play, made up of an annually …

Rudy Perkins: In the glow of a lighting innovation from Denmark

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST It’s time we lit the road to a better future. I was coming across the Route 116 bridge into South Hadley one recent evening, when I happened to put on the weekly environmental podcast, Living Planet. The …

John Sheirer: A case of acid reflux on 2015 political predictions

Friday, January 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the new year begins, let’s look into our fake crystal ball and predict some of the biggest news stories of 2015. President Obama will take executive action to help the American people, and most Republicans will pretend that no president in history ever took similar …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Finding hope, keeping faith amid bad news

Friday, January 9, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — Here again we are in a new year. We toss out the 2014 calendar and hang a fresh one, celebrating a new beginning. Yet the sorrows and suffering of the previous year have not gone away. As we drag our world-weary, broken hearts into the new …

John Paradis: A baseball fan wastes no time in throwing in the towel

Thursday, January 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This weekend, it’s estimated that more than half of all Americans will tune in to an NFL playoff game to see football players who make on average $2 million a year. Tickets for Saturday’s game in Foxborough sold out within 15 minutes two weeks ago. Over …

Vijay Prashad: The real adversary of police

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The tussle between Alisa Klein (Northampton city councilor) and Joshua Wallace (president of Local #390 of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers) is a more polite mirror of the bitter struggle in New York City between Bill de Blasio (mayor) and Patrick Lynch (president of the …

Gina-Louise Sciarra: Advisory board on compensation has not adequately answered questions

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While I plan to vote against the proposal to increase compensation for Northampton’s part-time elected officials, I strongly disagree with a Gazette editorial’s characterization that the City Council has gone “rogue on pay” by selfishly ignoring the recommendations from the independent Elected Officials Compensation Advisory Board. …

Jay Fleitman: Are attitudes about police conduct really so different by race?

Monday, January 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The controversy that emerged from the events of Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, has had a life of its own. That night, white police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown. The first depictions of the shooting in the media had the 18-year-old black man surrendering …

Bill Newman: On Bryan Stevenson’s long search for justice

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I want to share with you a story about compassion and courage, life and death, despair and jubilation. I want to tell you about Bryan Stevenson. In 1986, I traveled to Georgia to meet Stevenson, an …

Martin Schram: Let’s declare worldwide war on robocall scammers and criminals

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The attackers struck without warning during the hectic holiday season, pinpointing a target in our homeland from half a world away. It was your home telephone. And even though you realized what the evildoers were doing — telemarketing or even worse, scamming — you felt powerless to make …

Andy Morris-Friedman:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014