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Sara Weinberger, you wrote, " My extended family was murdered while so much of the world was silent, yet even in Poland, people like my mother’s Christian friend, Marisha, acted to help Jews". "I can only hope that Northampton will not remain silent in the face of any acts of public hatred towards anyone". Don't you see, Sara Weinberger, that there are people today who are acting to prevent murder and oppression. They are the ones protesting at synagogues. And today, you are the silent one. ...(full comment)

Sara Weinberger: A visit to family home the Holocaust took away

Snow predicted in Scotland tomorrow, August 20th. Must be from something the experts call global warming, I mean climate change, I mean climate disruption .... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2727734/Wet-cold-bank-holiday-way-forecasters-warn-two-weeks-bad-weather-ahead.html ...(full comment)

Study finds humans responsible for most of melting glaciers

The comments, as they appear online, do not show paragraph breaks. When I write them and submit them, I do put in paragraph breaks. I agree that they are more readable when I submit them with the paragraph breaks than they are as they appear online. My comments are always very well researched. ...(full comment)

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

This is the same guy who told me some years back that global warming was a fallacy. . ...(full comment)

MAP Who goes first at a four-way stop? Busy Northampton intersection may be safer, but some drivers remain hesitant

As for navigating a four-way stop, Huntley reminds drivers that those who arrive first at the intersection get to go first. “It’s a courtesy is what it is,” Huntley said. Yet another fabulous quote from our resident genius. Good grief. Who hired this guy? ...(full comment)

MAP Who goes first at a four-way stop? Busy Northampton intersection may be safer, but some drivers remain hesitant

Fine. No tax payer money for it, at all, ever; that includes CPA taxes. You want it, you pay for it. Period. ...(full comment)

Carrie Hemenway: Wants a movie theater in Northampton

Thank you for offering some common sense - I'm very happy that you are on this committee. As for the common sense; I wish it was contagious. ...(full comment)

Marc Warner: Planned $2.25 million rail underpass in Northampton wastes public money

Freak. ...(full comment)

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

As long as the American Jewish community overwhelmingly supports the bombing and murder of wall-in civilians in Gaza, they have to expect that some people will be expressing their disapproval. It is the price you pay for supporting the murders of men, women and children. It is the price you pay for supporting the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the Golan Heights and the 47 year old occupation the West Bank and Gaza, and the current control of Gaza's borders, airspace and access to fishing waters and the 7 year-old siege of Gaza. If you think that the Jewish people were chosen to commit that kind of brutality with impunity, then you should ask yourself if it was really God who did that kind of choosing. If you support that kind of murder and brutality, then you should ask yourself who you are actually worshiping. How would American Jews react if the flag of the United States was a Christian religious symbol? Well, they should not give acceptance and support to people who murdered whole Palestinian villages in 1948, expelled most of the remaining Palestinians and stole their land and then used the Jewish religious symbol as their flag. Of course, not all American Jewish people give unquestioning support to Israeli aggression but for a long time support was near 100% and it is still the vast majority. An October 2013 Pew Research Center poll found: "A slim majority of U.S. Jews (54%) see the level of U.S. support for Israel as about right. Still, about three-in-ten say the U.S. is not supportive enough of the Jewish state, while 11% say the U.S. is too supportive." So, 84% say US military assistance to Israel is not enough or is is just right. Only 11% think it is too much. If you haven't written a letter to the editor expressing your horror at the bombing of neighborhoods and UN schools in Gaza, then your "horror" might be a bit misplaced. I don't support the burning of synagogue flags because I think it is counter-productive, but I think it is actually rather small on the scale of moral offenses. If the United States expelled the Jews to a little tiny piece of land, blockaded that land, and bombed and murdered the people in the land, then perhaps the burning of one American flag would be justified. ...(full comment)

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

I agree completely Marc! I think another reason is they ultimately want to fence off the RR to keep people off the tracks. Another several million for miles of fencing. An at-grade crossing behind Walgreens onto Bradford would eliminate the climbing or descending of the hill up to the tracks on Woodmont, which I think is why they want the underpass. Lots of North St residents cross those tracks daily to get to King St businesses. Nobody has ever been hit to my knowledge. ...(full comment)

Marc Warner: Planned $2.25 million rail underpass in Northampton wastes public money

While this article includes good information, I believe it's lacking the same information many uncertain Northampton drivers need: what happens AFTER the first person at a four-way stop goes. When I learned to drive, the rule I was taught in Drivers' Ed began with the instructions given in this article, but continued on to say that after the first driver goes, the right-of-way passes in a circle. In Massachusetts, the rules are not that clear -- and it's evident in drivers' handling of four-way stops. Even the Massachusetts DOT's driver's manual is vague. It states: "At a four-way stop, vehicles must go in the order they stopped. The first to stop is the next to go. If in doubt, give the right-of-way to the driver on your right." If this means that drivers in the 2nd place in the queue behind one stop sign are vying to "arrive first" to the stop sign, against others coming from 3 different directions, that is a problem and a safety hazard. That means drivers must be able to see past the stopped vehicle in front of them, which is not always possible. It also means that all drivers must reach the same conclusion about their place in the line up. What happens when one drivers moves prematurely, changing the lineup? I have always felt that the rule I was taught makes four-way stops safe and simple. However, no rule is "safe" or "simple" if everyone is not using the same rule. What we need is clarity about whether the rule of "first to arrive" applies to those queuing behind others at a stop and how to handle situations in which drivers move out of turn. (Then we could also use some help with ensuring that drivers at all four stops can see one another, which can become tricky when plants near intersections become overgrown in the summer.) ...(full comment)

MAP Who goes first at a four-way stop? Busy Northampton intersection may be safer, but some drivers remain hesitant

Pathetic that there were so many who cowardly voted against the override. Nice to see parents being forced to pay to bus their kids to school. I hope you fiscal economic terrorists can live with knowing what you've done to help destroy what was once a fine town. ...(full comment)

Life after the failed override: Southampton cuts back, from Highway Department furloughs down to eliminating paper towel budget

Cannabis is safe ! it is safer then any legal or illegal drug . The fact: the people continue to instruct the government to free cannabis and let it grow for all uses , for over 60 years is outrageous !! This attack is an assault on liberty and natural rights of human being. the prohibition laws cause worst things the persona of those prohibitionist make fools of such persons there ignorance is place before them and all who comply . legalization is just a hurdle to jump the disease of prohibition sicken the law enforcement community as well as government . who continue to kill to save us form what ??? so care for the living and make this place better legalize and stop them .add the other d needed in DEA DEAD its all about jobs not saving lives Massvocals Bellum Omniun contra cmnes ...(full comment)

Pro-marijuana rally-goers chill on Amherst Town Common Saturday