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Bruce Watson: 'North Dakota becomes a state ... no one knows why' In celebration of National Boredom Month, great moments in American ennui

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LEVERETT — First the bad news: Due to tedious circumstances, the opening ceremonies of National Boredom Month have been canceled. We boredom aficionados are mildly upset. Don’t we deserve another NFL Training Camp Roundup? Another Low-level City Official Speech-a-thon? Another Marathon Chair Slouch? But now the good news: This weekend, in lieu of the usual kickoff to August ennui, comes … 0

Darien Gardner: For those with chronic pain and illness, self-starvation just one method to end one’s life

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In most cases a pet owner is doing the good and right thing by having their beloved pet put down to save it from needless and lengthy suffering, and similarly, in most cases human beings are doing the good and right thing by ending their lives for the same reasons. But in the same circumstances, the medical profession may do nothing … 0

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the course of 18 days, the Israeli assault on Gaza cost over 1,000 Palestinian lives, with many thousands wounded. Gaza’s infrastructure has been pummeled — its water and sewer systems, its hospitals and its schools have been rendered inoperative. Jens Laerke of the United Nation’s humanitarian agency says, “Our aid … 18

wow not nice mayor. there goes my support for the next time ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Obviously, there are pieces of this puzzle that we, the public, do not have. However, I can only imagine what a shock...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Marty Nathan: Getting the message that climate change crisis is real

Monday, June 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The World Meteorological Society announced that in April, for the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels surpassed 400 parts per million throughout the northern Hemisphere. This is an increase of 40 percent since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Prior to that the … 13

Marietta Pritchard: Steve Strimer’s love affair with print continues with Levellers Press

Friday, June 20, 2014

AMHERST — Steve Strimer may not literally have printer’s ink in his veins, but he comes about as close as you can get. I first knew him as a lively, funny, somewhat subversive presence at the Gazette in the late ’70s. I was a new editorial recruit, and … 0

Doyle McManus: ISIS — is it too extreme to survive?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just how terrifying is the Sunni Muslim extremist group that’s taken over a huge swath of territory in northern Iraq? Here are some clues: After seizing Iraq’s second-largest city, the group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, boasted of massacring 1,700 prisoners in … 0

Greg Rolland: Keep FBI’s hands off our school employees’ fingerprints

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Ordinary, non-criminal citizens should not, as a general rule, be subject to FBI fingerprinting. However, the kindergarten teachers of my twin daughters, both devoted and caring women, should? So says the recent Massachusetts law that will … 2

Adam Fisher: The VA’s standing around army of patients

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are at least two things that I can imagine might keep doctors from signing on to work at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. One is income. Nationwide, there is a great deal of hand-wringing … 0

Lynne Bertrand: When fish, and imaginations, take flight: Or, we’ll miss you, Ryuzaki, Peter Matthiessen and Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG Everyone else has moved on, but I am still mourning the death of a fish who lived for a season in a bowl in our kitchen. His name was Ryuzaki, after the renowned detective of Japanese manga. … 0

Julio Capó Jr.: Money, not morals, drives response to bias in professional sports

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AMHERST Donald Sterling refuses to go without a fight. The NBA shunned the LA Clippers owner after a racist conversation he had with his girlfriend surfaced on the net. The NBA’s lead counsel now believes the franchise and … 0

Recalling Amherst woman’s 19th century fight for Native American rights

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AMHERST One of the most contentious topics in the 19th century was the United States government’s relationship with Native Americans. It is a sad story of tribal dislocation and suffering. Among the critics of the government’s policies were … 1

Viewpoints: Kristin M. Mattocks, Patient ‘wait times’ a wider problem than VA hospital in Northampton

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON Recently, my primary care provider left her medical group practice in Amherst to take a job elsewhere. I received a letter notifying me of her departure and informing me I could call and schedule my annual exam … 0

Gwen Agna: Northampton school principal explains intent of its outdoor messages

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I recently had a voicemail message in my office from a resident who questioned the rainbow flag that hangs from the Jackson Street School flagpole, under the American flag. Then, over the Memorial Day weekend, Mayor David Narkewicz asked that we take the rainbow flag down … 0