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Jay Fleitman: A man, a shovel and a mound of snow that won’t go away

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — ISIS is rampaging through the Middle East. The mullahs of Iran are working towards nuclear weapons. Putin is taking territory from the Ukraine. Obamacare is turning our health care system inside out. In this column I want to consider something else important: municipal snow plowing. I have lived in my house for almost 30 years. Every year, snowfall after snowfall without exception, the city snowplow comes by and buries my driveway and mailbox under piles of snow. Usually the city plow comes by just after the private guy I hire has cleaned out my entire driveway, or the city plow comes by in the middle of the night and I am confronted with …

Dennis R. Scribner: Webcams will help advance police work in Easthampton

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton resident recently expressed concern over the Easthampton police department’s acquisition of two webcams donated by a local business owner. As an Easthampton detective, I would like to respond. First, the Easthampton Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency. As our mission statement says, “The department is to provide …

Katherine Appy: Tyranny of loudest voices hobbles public debate in Amherst

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — In recent months, more than 50 people have spoken to me or others about running for a seat on the Amherst School Committee. In the end, only two were willing to run. Two of the four people who drew papers have dropped out. Now that I am well into my second term, I fully appreciate why so few people are willing …

Bill Newman: A Guantanamo prisoner’s own story

Friday, February 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention …

Karen Ribeiro, Sarah Partan & Madeleine Charney: Valley chapter of ‘Mothers Out Front’ targets climate change

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AMHERST — The Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front would like to thank Scott Merzbach for his Gazette article on Jan. 22. We appreciate the additional invitation from the Gazette to elaborate on our work. Mothers Out Front is a rapidly growing community of mothers and others …

Alan Scheinman: Don’t let City Hall gamble with future of Northampton’s downtown

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I came to the Valley in 1961, Holyoke was a thriving city. High Street in Holyoke was a far better and more popular place than Main Street in Northampton. Back then, if you predicted Holyoke in its present economically depressed state, you would have been …

Jesse Schwalbaum: Singing the blues for a lost WMUA radio program

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

AMHERST — With all of the crazy things going on in the world right now — the slow and relentless extinction of civilization, the erosion of social and political justice, the disappearance of the idea of a thinking, feeling person not incessantly interacting with technological devices — the …

Pat Hynes: A Vietnam War debt that remains unpaid

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Paris Peace Accords were signed Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of …

Joseph S. Larson: How an historic Amherst farmhouse won a new lease on life

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

AMHERST — In December 2013, University of Massachusetts administrators informed the Massachusetts Historical Commission of its intent to demolish the large historic farmhouse located at 809 North Pleasant St. in Amherst. The farmhouse is carried on UMass records …

Batya Bauman: What would Gandhi do on Groundhog’s Day?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

AMHERST — “Groundhogs” are woodchucks, so let us call them by their correct name. Some are rudely awakened prematurely from their hibernation by naughty humans this time of year. “Groundhog” Day occurs when woodchucks, at least in the …

John A. Provost: A public investment that pays off: schooling

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A recent guest column concerning the local impact of the proposed affordable housing project at the site of the former Pleasant Street lumber yard included an analysis of the potential consequences for the school budget (Barry Roth, “Let’s calculate future costs of CDC project,” Jan. 31-Feb. …

Stan Schapiro: Affordable housing, and education, begins at home

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: I am most taken aback by the guest column written by Barry Roth, “Let’s calculate future costs from CDC project.” Roth writes that the affordable housing project planned for the former Northampton Lumber location will likely house approximately 30 schoolage children who, at $12,500 per …

Jay Fleitman: Reading the tea leaves on Netanyahu’s visit to Congress

Monday, February 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, has extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on his views of the negotiations between the Obama administration and the Iranian government over the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu has accepted. All …