A quick response to Dave's four points:
1) Referring top people as being ignorant about returning children to their 'home' country is a little harsh. A person may disagree with your opinion without being considered an idiot, uninformed as to why the sudden influx of children across our Southern border.
2) Bad comparison to a neighbor's house, Dave. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are not neighbors but in the proximity thereof. Any proof that these countries are committing human rights violations on their citizens has not been shown, and if such was the case, why isn't the entire population )parents of these children included) seeking refuge in the US.
3) Seems logical to me that the parents of children in, say, Botswana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Ukraine et.al, would surely feel the same way. Shouldn't we put out the word to have ALL their children come here as well? Shouldn't we accept all the children living in poverty the world over come here. Imagine the cost of providing services to all these poor people. But I'm sure you wouldn't mind paying higher taxes to support them, would you Dave. Or am I just being 'ignorant.'
4) A land of plenty didn't get this way by over stressing its healthcare system, it's educational system, or it's justice system.
We have NO idea what diseases these children have. We have NO idea how many belong to the horrific gang known as MS-13. We have NO idea if terrorists have infiltrated the ranks of these children. You make no mention of these concerns in your article. Who is it exactly that's being ignorant. I know you're not an ignorant man, but before you write an article larded with emotional content, you may want to include some facts in your presentation of humanitarian goodwill.
It is not humane to kill an animal in any way, and kosher and halal ritual slaughter, while I agree is cruel, other slaughter methods are also cruel. Best for folks to wean themselves off meat and open up to the delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine that awaits them. ...(full comment)
Thank you, Jasmine, for your important letter re S. 2232 which would help prevent cruelty to some farmed animals. Stan Rosenberg is also my Senator, and I, too, am urging him to strongly support this bill. I have written to him about it privately, and now do so publicly. ...(full comment)
Why not put them in Amherst or Northampton which are much more progressive communities than Chicopee? As progressives we should start by confiscating the Hampshire College campus for this purpose. If we need to - maybe even the Smith Campus. Step up valley progressives! ...(full comment)
RE: FarmerLazarus' comment above // Trains will NOT be going 80 mph through the Damon Road crossing. Southbound trains will be slowing for their stop in Northampton, and Northbound trains will just be starting, from their stop in Northampton. // Also note that as part of this project new traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Damon Road. These new lights will be synchronized with the lights at at the intersection of King Street and Damon Road AND the lights/gates at the railroad crossing so as to prevent any possibility for queuing of traffic across the the Damon Rd railroad crossing when I train is crossing.
The Gazette is doing a disservice to the community by constantly referring to this as high-speed rail service, resulting in the kind of concern expressed by FarmerLazarus and others. This will be no different than the Amtrak service between New Haven and Springfield which has been operating safely for decades and is NOT high-speed. The only high-speed rail in the northeast corridor is the Acela Express between Boston and Washington. ...(full comment)
I am confused, is Damon Rd. going to have a railroad crossing for the proposed high speed trains? If so, isn't this a recipe for disaster having a 80 mph train travel across this roadway. Hasn't anyone suggested a tunnel or overpass to avoid a collision. The records are replete with incidents of trains crossing roadways even if there are barriers and flashing lights. These safety warnings are not fail safe.
Agawam ...(full comment)
What if Israel decided its had enough living in that tough neighborhood. If they somehow could buy a new homeland and they moved the whole population to say Australia if Australia would be willing to sell them a large chunk of land. Do you think the problems in the Middle East would disappear all of a sudden? I don't think so - just look at whats happening in the other countries in the Middle East. Endless civil war between different sects thats been going on for thousands of years. That would still keep going on. Its something to think about when putting all the blame on Israel. They have lots of problems but they are the best ally we have in the area and are the closest thing to a democracy and a free market based economy in the region. They need our support more than ever now. ...(full comment)
Thank you, Jasmine, for educating folks about S. 2232, and how we're now down to the wire. This bill will allow calves and pigs to move...I don't think that's asking too much. It would also HELP local farmers by banning such crates (gestation crates) by keeping factory farms out of MA, as factory farms need such crates to survive. It will also help the environment, as with mass amounts of farm animals you have mass amounts of pollutants. PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR ASAP TO PUSH FOR THIS BILL! Thank you! :) ...(full comment)
The information in the Gazette article is incorrect. The closure of Damon Road will occur August 9 thru August 10. The alert that was sent out by the Mayor's office Thursday afternoon appears below. It is quite clear about the dates and times of the Damon Road closure.
Damon Road Construction Advisory - Partial Closure
Damon Road will be closed to all thru traffic starting on Saturday, August 9 at 7:00 a.m. and is expected to re-open Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. The closure is the result of upgrades to the railroad crossing between King Street and Industrial Drive as part of the Knowledge Corridor Project. The Project will bring commuter rail service to Northampton and points beyond. The road will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of King Street and Damon Road thru to Industrial Drive.
For additional information, visit the Northampton Department of Public Works blog at:
http://ntondpw.blogspot.com/2014/07/damon-road-construction-advisory-closure.html ...(full comment)