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We have discarded many things from the middle ages. We no longer travel in wagons pulled by oxen. We have nearly universal literacy. So why do "landlords" still think that they are lords? Why do they consider it their prerogative to rule over and humiliate their tenants. Power corrupts. They actually treat their tenants like they are subhuman. If you think state housing authorities are bad, try corporate landlords. I actually called my local fire department to ask if they had any objection to tenants having a potted plant in the front yard. They said, "No, as long as it is not blocking access to the building". When I confronted our maintenance men with this information, they said, "When you have a house of your own, you can have a potted plant". Then they threw all my flower pots (three) into the dumpster. We need a state that recognizes all its citizens as human beings. We need a state that is willing to help redress the unbalance of power between landlord and tenant. - When the middle class gets sick enough of the bankers, and they join forces with the working class, maybe we can elect another FDR. ...(full comment)

Home rules: Easthampton Housing Authority official, tenants at odds over American flags, flowers, barbecue grills

Apparently she only approves of speech she likes. ...(full comment)

Kate Collins: How come nobody will take my speech as payment?

Burning a flag is speech. Wearing an offensive tee-shirt is speech. Picketing is speech (it's also peaceful assembly). Copulating in front of a camera is speech. Taking out an ad in a newspaper is speech--so is purchasing time on television or radio. In the United States, "speech" takes many forms. So, yes, I would say that Chief Justice Roberts does understand something you apparently do not. Best you stick to reading Shakespeare rather than reciting him. You might learn something. ...(full comment)

Kate Collins: How come nobody will take my speech as payment?

Right on David, Pascual seems upset, has to get their point of view everytime someone says something ...(full comment)

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Steve Herrell owns a very successful business in Northampton. Cathi Hanauer is a writer who works at home. Both have been very vocal proponents of a later start time. Neither are bound by the clock to begin or end work. They are not representative of most parents of Northampton High School students, or of most city taxpayers. They, and other proponents, are privileged. But not entitled. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Board stumbles on high school start time in Northampton

i looked up Charette. Rather specialized jargon for newspaper writing and with no explanation. Do eighth graders know that? ...(full comment)

Ideas wanted for remake of Northampton's Pulaski Park: First of three workshops set for Thursday

Obama will burn more than 35,000 gallons of fuel on Earth Day. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2610431/Obama-burn-35-000-gallons-fuel-Earth-Day-emitting-375-TONS-carbon-dioxide.html ...(full comment)

Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Why must you "remake" the park. Just clean it up like Bill Nagle did every year, plant flowers, and KEEP IT CLEAN! Also not allow the park to become a place for vagrants to hang out in.. There is nothing wrong with the park as it is structurally, it is what it has been allowed to become. ...(full comment)

Ideas wanted for remake of Northampton's Pulaski Park: First of three workshops set for Thursday

There's a right way and a wrong way for Housing Authorities to work with their tenants. Clearly this is/was the wrong way. I hope for her sake and for the sake of the tenants she lightens up. You can tighten up and enforce rules AND AT THE SAME TIME, get along with your tenants. ...(full comment)

Home rules: Easthampton Housing Authority official, tenants at odds over American flags, flowers, barbecue grills

I will answer that question. 1. The prolonged abandonment of conservatives from education at every level. 2. The purging of conservatives from the ranks of education at every level. 3. The of constant and pervasive criticisms of education by conservatives making life for conservatives in education more difficult by hostile backlash. I agree with the overall import here. Conservatives must return to education. The results of our departure have been devastating. ...(full comment)

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Sorry, I can't pass up this other little gem: "Don’t be fooled by the UMass professor and his neo-lib radical left-wing friends, the national press, the local liberal newspaper." So what's left? Is it something "fair and balanced" that starts with an "F" and ends with an "X"? Who seems more delusional to you? The people who form opinions based on academic opinions, national media, and local media? Or the people who cling slavishly to the small series of media outlets that tells them exactly what they want to hear? ...(full comment)

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

You're so right. Everything will be fine when we stop "being led" by anyone who has big fancy credentials that say that they know something about stuff. Because, really, how do you really become an expert on anything? Lies, I tell ya, dirty lib'ral lies! I've decided to diversify my investment portfolio, and I'm doing it by asking random people on the sidewalk what they think is a safe bet. I also have a toothache, but who needs a dentist! I know how pliers work, and I'll be darned if I let some fancy guy in a so-called sterile office charge me hundreds of dollars just because he thinks he knows more about my teeth than I do. ...(full comment)

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

"I know a young woman graduating from a local university who, when asked, could not name a single conservative professor at her school." I graduated from college and couldn't name a single faculty member in the astrophysics department or business school, but I'm pretty sure that they were there. "Neo Liberal" and "radical left wing" do not go together. Or maybe "neo lib" is a new term. Hmmm. "(Sharing) the propaganda machine with mere mortals." True, billionaire donors probably can't buy immortality and are, in effect, mere mortals. Mere mortals with enough money to exercise a disproportionate influence on the political process. However, I think that college professors also die, though maybe they just fade away like Jedis. Or is this reference to "mere mortals" to the fact that you consider the college professors to be some kind of elite. Did it ever occur to you that the big-money donors that are benefitting from the lack of campaign finance controls are probably even more disdainful of the working people who have swallowed the Fox News brainwashing than elitist professors are? Or do you regularly socialize with millionaire donors? ...(full comment)

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?