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Probably the same probability that someone would bomb the Boston Marathon or fly planes into the WTC. Since there are about 6 billion impoverished people in the world lets have open borders and let all and any who can fly or walk to this country in. Haven't you ever heard of legal immigration? Stop making it comfortable for those people to come here illegally. Its wrong that the mayor is making N'ton a sanctuary city. You certainly cannot deny that drug gangs are coming in over the border and crimanl elements. Just look at whats going on in Mexico. The coutnry is a basket case. ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

gary, that's highly unlikely. I've tutored immigrants who take English courses in Northampton, and they're wonderful people who happen to have had the misfortune of being born in impoverished countries, the luck and fortitude to come to the US to find work and help their families, and the great good fortune to work with caring people in our community who welcome them, teach them English, take care of their medical problems, etc. The great "terrorist threat" is something that corporate-owned media uses to divide groups of people and keep us all living in fear. As the business of corporations is to exploit resources all over the world, it's in their interest to keep people from seeing each other as human beings. ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Very proud of our community and of Mayor Narkewicz for taking this stand. Immigrants are far more likely to be the victims of crime than the perpetrators of crime, and everyone should be able to feel safe coming to the police. Thank you to Just Communities, Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and First Churches! ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

I am frustrated as well... that we are, once again, resorting to outnumbering one another rather than listening to each sides' concerns and working together to solve problems. Polarization is easy; true democracy (forging equitable partnerships) is hard. Which do we want for our children? ...(full comment)

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Quit whining folks. Do you want the bridge fixed properly or not? If the damage is more extensive than originally thought, that's just how repairs often are, especially when maintenance has been deferred. ...(full comment)

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

I am so frustrated that my tax dollars are paying for this to be on the ballot again that I will certainly be voting in favor of the casinos. I already thought about it and evaluated it last time around, and now I'm sick of hearing about it. Our state needs jobs and revenue! ...(full comment)

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Great story. ...(full comment)

First Person: Groundhog Day

That was the first thing I thought when I heard this. So frustrating. Who do we complain to about this? On May 22nd they said it'd take a month. Now they say 6-8 more weeks. By my calculation, that's 5 months. If I told my boss I'd have something for him in a week, but didn't get it to him for 5 weeks, I'd probably be fired in the third week. Where's the accountability? ...(full comment)

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

What if one of these 'immigrants' stopped and let go by the police is a terrorist. Today ISIS tweeted they are in American cities and are going to kill us. Just think of the terrorists at the Boston Marathon if you don't think they could not be in N'ton. Here is the tweet from ISIS in case you haven't seen it yet. Mayor Narc should be held responsible if one the people he lets go later commits a crime. "CHICAGO (CBS) — An ominous post on Twitter, purportedly from somebody connected with Islamic State, shows a photo of the Old Republic Building, 307 N. Michigan Ave. and the White House. The text reads: #AmessagefromISIStoUS We are in your state We are in your cities We are in your streets You are our goals anywhere." ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Even if I don't agree with this, I have to remember that I live in a town that does. ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

I do not know Mr Tucker but at the recent meeting of the planning board on July 30th, which I attended, I noticed comments that seem to raise similar concerns to those alluded to above. When the board seemed to be moving to a discussion of the illegality of the zoning for the Retreat he forcefully intervened in the discussion to divert the issue. He did so by raising the the legal argument,at the time, out of the blue, that Attorney Bard was defending the Town's position against Save Historic Cushman in land court and suggesting to the board that they would be remiss if they continued the discussion when town counsel was publicly taking the position that the retreat was legal. It seemed to me, at the time, that he clearly had his own agenda and, at least in this case, was using his position, to foster it. I felt he was stepping over the line and inappropriately interfering with the boards authority and mandate and flow of the discussion. Perhaps I am mistaken but it seems to me that Mr. Tucker's job is to run his department and to present , as clearly as possible legitimate facts relating to any project under discussion; all the facts, not selective ones which might favor a position that he holds. Neither Mr. Tucker, nor Attorney Bard have any authority in this decision. Attorney Bard has a conflict of interest in this matter and should not be commenting on the planning boards process. Mr. Tucker, has a privileged position as the head of town planning and a responsibility to be professional and accurate and complete in his presentations and to respond with his opinions only if directly asked to do so. I would add this observation to the above concerns and suggest that these concerns be pursued rather than dismissed by the town manager. ...(full comment)

Amherst Town Meeting member John Fox raises questions about ‘misrepresentations’ by Planning Director Jonathan Tucker

Its been 14 years since I moved to McDonald House after becoming disabled with Multiple Sclerosis . In that time , I have come to respect John for his tireless dedication to those in need of a safe home . Your retirement is well deserved !! ...(full comment)

Northampton Housing Authority Executive Director Jon Hite to retire in February