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They should make these people spend a week working in the fields... ...(full comment)

'Most people are not dishonest' Hadley farmers talk farm stand thefts; police arrest two

Don't like being pummeled, don't elect terrorists as your leaders and definitely don't shoot rocket artillery at a more powerful neighbor. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

"We have a moral obligation to assist Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in taking back their nations from drug gangs." Really? So you are sugesting that we abandon the war on drugs within our own borders but spend resoures to help other contries fight that same battle? We spend more money trying to be the world's police that we do on our own police. Why is it the job of the United States to fix these other countries while we continue to fail to fix our own? I understand the moral argument, but there is a hypocrisy here that "we know best" when in fact we do not. Lets keep dropping billions of dollars on these other countries while major cities like Detroit implode and our own Springfield continually appears in the annual Most Unsafe Cities list. It is wonerdful that a Honduras Drug lord was put out of business, but I still cannot not walk safely around downtown Springfield after 6pm.... ...(full comment)

Clare Higgins: Nation must abandon ‘War on Drugs’

Bookman's concerns about Gangs or Terrorism can be taken seriously and a comprehensive Immigration Policy could include how to handle the problem. We can track our kid movements to the point where parents can almost know where they are at any moment. The concern about disease is Fear Mongering that the weakest politicians have used since the beginning of our Democracy and can be countered with reality and past experience. We had Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to our shores through Ellis Island there were people who were sick and people who where dishonest and we have mostly worked our way through the problems they caused. We cannot hide from the realities of the world. Aboli is in Africa, with modern transportation it could be in any other country in days. That does not means we crawl in a hole and hide, we try to build logical defenses against it. So the fact are flawed and probably any immigration policy that is proposed by any party or individual will be flawed. But the reality is we can't get a real proposal past 1st base and it is a shame. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

I'll tell you what but Southampton has recently been giving Easthampton a run for their money. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

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. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

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)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

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)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

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)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Thank you for alerting the public to this crucial issue, Jasmine! The fate of these mothers and infants is in our hands. As Sheryl indicated, these crates are terrible for the animals, for the earth, and for human safety, as they make it impossible to maintain high standards of cleanliness in such cramped conditions. All it takes is a moment of our time to make it clear to our representatives that we want to see these antiquated systems of confinement out of our state once and for all. I hope everyone reading this takes a moment to phone their legislators to urge them to support this bill. ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

"Reply tearfully" gag, retch oh the drama. ...(full comment)

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

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. ...(full comment)

CORRECTED Damon Road in Northampton will be closed to through traffic for much of Aug. 9-10

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)

CORRECTED Damon Road in Northampton will be closed to through traffic for much of Aug. 9-10