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Michael DiPasquale: Taking climate change challenge seriously in Northampton

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In late September, Northampton began work to create the city’s first comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan. The kick-off consisted of three days of public meetings and design sessions conducted by a team of six consultants organized by the American Institute of Architects. Climate adaptation refers to measures cities and towns can take to prepare for climate change. Northampton’s Climate Adaptation Plan will describe things the city can do to …

Lilly Gaev: The orphaned block in the heart of Northampton’s downtown

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council just put the final kibosh on our many efforts to have Center Court in the central business zone downtown accepted as a city street. Many other former private ways have become official city streets, though I’ve yet to discern what standards they met. Though this is a charming …

Mary Carey: The lost Saturday — my seven hours without memory

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — I lost my short-term memory just before 10 a.m. the Saturday before last and didn’t get it back until 5 p.m. During my lost hours, I asked my husband Brian every two minutes or so where I was and what was happening. Brian would explain that I had gotten confused during a weightlifting class. Kathy from the gym had driven me …

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

Carol B. Smith, Stephen Philbrick & Monica Moran: Time for faith community to confront domestic and sexual violence

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HUNTINGTON — What guidance do Christian teachings offer to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence? How can the Bible offer comfort, and even point the way to finding safe refuge and healing? Today, many women who identify as Christian stay silent about abuse — often with …

Todd Thompson: Looking Northampton City Council’s ‘gift horse’ in mouth

Monday, October 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton City Council President Bill Dwight was quoted in this past weekend’s Gazette saying the city’s single tax rate is a “substantial gift” to commercial property owners, that the rents they charge are too high and …

Jim Foudy: Leaders must get Northampton Housing Authority back on track

Friday, October 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The scale of the management trainwreck at the Northampton Housing Authority under new executive director Cara Clifford continues to unfold. This week a housing authority personnel committee held grievance hearings for two of the five employees fired by Clifford in August, four weeks after she started …

Anne Vaillant: Willful ignorance: Our appalling lack of research about gun deaths in the US

Thursday, October 15, 2015

“My weapon is the question.” — Jorge Ramos, reporter for Univision SOUTHAMPTON — I applaud the Gazette for printing the Associated Press article by Mike Stobbe headlined “Lobbying, threats squelch gun studies” (Oct. 12)., But I was also …

Rob Kusner: Life is good on new Norwottuck trail in Valley

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AMHERST — It was the spring of 2007. U.S. Rep. John Olver was on the phone, asking me to help lead a renovation project, an offer I couldn’t refuse. After more than eight years of hard work, through twists, turns and reversals, it’s satisfying to report wide acclaim …

Editorial: Something to nip in the bud: street fighting at Smith College

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Things got a little crazy a week ago at Smith College. Near the end of a scheduled party hosted by the Smith African and Caribbean Students’ Association, a crowd of up to 500 people spilled outside the college’s Campus Center. A Northampton Police Department sergeant listening on a …

Jim Cahillane: The bicycling brothers who conquered the air

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The overriding theme for many presidential candidates so far is that America is on the rocks and that they, as a political doomsayer, will be America’s answer. May I propose that they take my old-timer advice and “go fly a kite.” The Wright brothers did …

John Sheirer: Sending good vibes for everyone

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

“Please pray for me.” I see this request on Facebook more often than posts about food, puppies, grandchildren and the day’s weather combined. The reasons for these requests range from poignant to commonplace to outlandish. “Dad is going in for surgery today.” “My little girl has her blood …

Jay Fleitman: Turkey — the secular country in the middle

Monday, October 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is with great sadness that we think of the news of the terrorist bombing in Ankara, Turkey. My wife and I had left Istanbul just five days before this terrible event with a great affection for this nation and its people. In some countries that …

Marty Nathan: Nikki Haley and the pope

Friday, October 9, 2015

I used to have to wait for inspiration to write about climate change. Now it is most difficult – between the dramatic weather effects and the gathering struggle to stop greenhouse gas emissions – to decide which topic to choose and to find the time to write about …