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Atty Bill Newman in his Northampton office

Bill Newman: Work still needed to ensure full LGBT equality

Saturday, July 4, 2015

America is a freer country today than it was before June 26, 2015, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Since 2011, with the demise of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gays and lesbians have been entitled to serve equally in the military. Since 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage …

Steve Randall: The shape of class in America

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The market system has built-in mechanisms to ensure that employees’ total compensation does not “get out of hand” (from the capitalists’ viewpoint) … and that employees will dutifully take the command and direction of their bosses at work. The critical key to both these constraints on employees is unemployment in the labor market — an excess supply of labor, or people looking for …

Jody Kasper: In modern policing, officers must be far more than ‘enforcers’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are excerpts from Jody Kasper’s remarks upon taking office Tuesday as chief of the Northampton Police Department. NORTHAMPTON — Over the past few weeks, when news of my selection as police chief became public, many people contacted me with their congratulations and support. A number of these calls and …

Sara Weinberger: Putting one’s faith into action

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I first met Michael Kane when we joined a group organized by Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton to raise funds for humanitarian relief for victims of the genocide in Darfur. Today, Michael and I are once again working with communities of faith, this time to spread …

Jim Foudy: Marty Meehan ready to write next chapter for UMass

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system will be led by an alum. I have seen a lot of presidents come and go — seven in the last 25 years. The eighth, Marty Meehan, may well prove to be the best of the …

Jim Palermo: Beware of the corporate fix for our schools

Friday, May 15, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Why are politicians falling over themselves proposing ways to “improve” our schools, while paying almost no attention to the basic reasons so many of our students are not able to attain their full potentials? The answer is simple: Money. Or, more specifically, the opportunity for corporate …

Lester J. Hartman, MD: Old enough to know better about tobacco’s effects on health

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WESTWOOD — First, I would like to thank Lt. Col. John Paradis, a Gazette columnist, for his service to this great nation and for defending the rights of all Americans. In my family, three generations of men served …

Steven W. Hawkins: Reparations long time coming for victims of Chicago police torture

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

While the nation watches as the city of Baltimore awaits justice from the investigation of the role of Baltimore police in the death of Freddie Gray, Chicago has just made history in holding police accountable for abuse. From 1972 to 1991 over 100 people, nearly all African-American men, …

James Ayres: Superheroes of everyday life in Hampshire County

Monday, May 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — So often, we imagine our superheroes as mysterious individuals, working alone, applying some unique and dazzling power to confront an imminent danger: a meteor or a runaway locomotive hurtling toward us, or maybe a treacherous villain bent on world domination. Our lone superhero rescues us with …

John Sheirer: Break out the media shovels, for it’s time to bury the lede about Hillary’s lead

Monday, May 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “Burying the lede” (or “lead”) is a concept in journalism that involves not focusing on the most important aspect of a story at the beginning of a report. It’s a mistake most often made by inexperienced journalists. Sometimes a writer might purposely bury the lede to …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Pope Francis takes on climate change

Friday, May 8, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — Get ready to cheer. Sometime this summer the Vatican will publish Pope Francis’ papal encyclical on the environment. This document, observers believe, will describe the current and future threats to our planet posed by climate change and show how vulnerable populations — especially the poor — …

John Paradis: Old enough to serve in the military, but not buy cigarettes? Why?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last March while in Washington, D.C., I visited the National Archives Museum and enjoyed seeing for the first time the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But what really intrigued me was an exhibit called the “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History.” Located in a gallery …

Benjamin Spencer: Use Village Hill building to house Northampton’s Parks & Recreation Department?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Parks and Recreation Department needs a new home. The Coach House at Village Hill Northampton needs an occupant. This is an opportunity to solve two problems at once. Community. Commerce. Culture. These are the words on the sign in front of Village Hill. …