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Rutherford H. Platt: Loss of Northampton Business Improvement District will cost city and residents

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The demise of Northampton’s downtown Business Improvement District (BID) due to a lawsuit by dissident property owners is astounding and inexplicable. Why would the plaintiffs incur legal fees presumably far exceeding the cost of BID assessments to which they object? Why did the city not “verify” the petition signatures in the first place, or when called into question by the plaintiffs? Have any signatures actually been proven to …

Christine M. Flowers: Cosby accusers should have spoken up sooner

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I know that the nuns who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I’ve come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it’s always good to reach out to the suffering, there are times when you have to say, “Sorry, but you waited too long. I can’t help you …

Joe Blumenthal: Thoughts on the demise of the Northampton BID

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nov. 12, 2014, was a sad day for downtown Northampton: Judge John A. Agostini ruled the Business Improvement District “null and void.” Thus ends a long and controversial chapter of our city’s history. The saga revolves around the question of how we care for our precious downtown. Forty years ago it …

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 …

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 …

Stephen Brewer & Stephen Kulik: 1 in 7 Baystate men struck by prostate cancer; answers on high rate needed

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We would like to call attention to a disease that is more common and more lethal than even breast cancer in our state: Prostate cancer has become an epidemic, striking as many as one in seven men. This disease is personal — we are prostate cancer …

Jonathan Klate: Ode to the wonders of autumn

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AMHERST — The downsides of aging are painfully obvious. Physical capacity inexorably diminishes. Bellies soften. Lower limbs gradually crumble. Some things dry out while others clog up. Once easily remembered details slip from an ever more porous mind. …

Bill Newman: Where more than headlines blossom

Friday, October 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It is mid-morning on the last Sunday in September. The day’s newspapers lie open on the table on the deck which overlooks our yard. Sunlight is speckling the garden, lightly touching the cimicifuga. Cimicifuga, also called …

Rich Szlosek: Mustered out by rumors of urban disquiet — Springfield 1965

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As closely as I was following events in Ferguson, Missouri, my interest perked up even more when the National Guard was sent in to keep the peace. I had flashback to my experience in Springfield in …

Rabbi Justin David: The holy refuge of Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When people think of Yom Kippur, which beings Friday evening, phrases like “Most important Jewish holiday,” “Holiest day in the Jewish year” and “Day of Atonement” come to mind. The word “Kippur” actually refers to the literal practice of “atonement.” But actually, the rabbis who lived …

Larry Parnass: Why the Gazette published a series on the planned death of Lee Hawkins

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Editors in the Gazette’s newsroom usually counsel reporters to “write tight” and respect readers’ time. Occasionally stories go long, though, and Laurie Loisel’s series last week about Lee Hawkins did. That brought some questions and complaints …

John Paradis: 5 steps that help veterans make transition to civilian life

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The first thing I wanted to do when I returned from a deployment was hug my spouse and kids. It’s a scene I replayed in my mind every day I was away. Then I just wanted to sleep. …

Annie Turner: Will NFL’s baby steps against off-field violence gain traction?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I had a pastor friend a number of years back who recounted how members of his congregation would speak of the death of an elderly person as “a blessing.” The pastor would then say of various life events, …