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Mary L. Wentworth: Make Israel pay with loss of U.S. foreign aid

Friday, August 1, 2014

To the editor: The first step in negotiating a solution to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is to find a new mediator. For at least three decades, the United States has assumed this obligation. But no solution to this crisis can be found when the mediator is biased in favor of one of the parties. We just heard yet another U.S. president announce that “Israel has a right to … 0

Deborah Christakos: Northampton needs to take closer look at infill plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: I live in Ward 3 and was recently made aware of the proposed change in zoning for building seven or more units in the urban residential district surrounding downtown Northampton. The new zoning will require a special permit process, which includes requirements for pedestrian and bicycle friendly driveways and providing … 0

Michael Biegner: Please welcome the stranger, in this case the children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To the editor: We like to proclaim how this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Many of the same voices that proclaim the need for prayer in schools are the same ones now up in arms against the idea of using the Westover Air Reserve base to temporarily house children who seek refuge by openly crossing our nation’s southern border. But Gov. Deval … 0

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Nancy Felton, Joel Dansky: Peace Vigil’s film series on the move

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: Those of you who keep an eye out for political/cultural events in the Valley may have noted the absence of the Northampton Peace Vigil’s fabled film series these past few months. The film screenings — free, accessible, open to the public, discussion to follow — … 0

Paul M. Craig: Verdict still out on new state gun law

Thursday, July 24, 2014

To the editor: The Second Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution) doesn’t give anyone the right to shoot anyone else. The Constitution is about balance between individual liberty and societal needs. So are the first ten amendments collectively called the Bill of Rights. The Founding Fathers who wrote the … 1

Lynne Weintraub: Backs Berwick for state governor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Who is Don Berwick, and why do I think he should be our next governor? It’s not just that he is the founder and CEO of a non-profit that has saved lives all over the world. Or that he was President Obama’s choice to lead … 0

Silas Kopf: Why are barrels still only solution at near Pulaski Park

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Some time ago there was a tragic pedestrian fatality on South Street at the crosswalk adjacent to Pulaski Park. But, it was so long ago that I only know that we can measure it in years rather than months. There was a “temporary” fix involving … 1

Jim Olsen: Lots of thanks to spread around for Green River fest

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: This year’s Green River Festival was a huge success, selling out in advance with attendance of over 6,000 per day. All of us at Signature Sounds are so grateful for our supportive community and loyal festival go-ers. This year was Signature’s first year producing the … 0

Andrew Smith: Rail camp — let’s be gracious hosts

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: I grew up in Middle Tennessee. I was born in West Virginia. My great grandfather was a WWI vet who worked as a brakeman on the Norfolk Southern Railroad at the dawn of the 20th century. I also live within eye and earshot of the … 0

Carrie Hemenway: Abhors violence on both sides but Israel must defend itself

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: For the past 4 or 5 days, the Gazette has published photos and articles in the Nation/World page bearing headlines such as “Israel Invades Gaza.” No articles or photos have appeared about the hundreds of rockets Palestine has bombarded Israel with for months in cities … 4

Selena Kerr: Some suggestions on the immigration crisis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: We all feel endless compassion for the poor people (especially children) who come to our border for a better life. But here’s the bad news. We are out of money. When I see “three and a half billion” for the immediate response to the current … 0

Ruth Jacobson-Hardy: Praises Lynds but questions NHS commitment to videography

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: Congratulations to Kris Lynds for his success in videography and for pursuing his dreams and interests. Hearing about a young adult from Northampton making it big by earning six nominations for a regional Emmy award … 0

Johannes Raatz: Vote yes on Question 4 for right to sick time

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To the editor: This November, Massachusetts will vote on a ballot initiative which would ensure all workers in our commonwealth have the right to earn sick time. Shockingly, nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing pay and risking the loss of … 0