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"The rear end of the car was crumpled into the backseat." Sounds like they got hit hard from behind, which would suggest the involvement of a second vehicle. ...(full comment)

Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

I would be too! Surplus is OK,for Highway &Agriculture.& Hilltown . Fire & Police need State of the art,w/training of that Equipment,by the manufactuerer.Surplus is what it is ,Unkown to the user,unless formerly millitarly familiar. I do Agree w/Chief Bruce&Russ about there doubts. I have in the past supported both depts, and ther programs , ...(full comment)

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

I guess it starts with ice cream and then it escalates to a molotov cocktail. ...(full comment)

Couple causes disturbance at Herrell’s in Northampton, throws ice cream in direction of staff

We had the best healthcare system in the world until Obamacare. Do people who can afford any healthcare go to Cuba or Canada or the UK when they need care? No - they come here. What company makes the retroviral drugs that keep millions of HIV infected people alive - Gilead - an American company. The list goes on and on showing how a for profit healthcare system works better than a socialzed one for everybody. Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupt or soon will be. I like the idea of a voucher I would get one from my employer and then I would go out and find the plan I want. I really think the idea of buying the health plan I need that will suit my needs is a great idea - instead of a bureacrat central planner making that decision and providing less for more money on top of it. ...(full comment)

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

Well then, what's YOUR plan? The fact is, Medicare works. Despite the propaganda we've all grown up with, America is LAST among industrialized countries in the world when it comes to providing healthcare for its citizens. Nevermind math test scores! Pay attention to the human cost of what our country is NOT doing for its citizens compared to every other industrialized nation. That is not propaganda, it's a fact. Look it up. Yes, there is waste in government. Yes, there is fraud in every program invented by mankind. Dr. Berwick is currently our best hope for an informed, less corrupt state government. Martha Coakley is a career politician, no doubt on her way to a senate race if she lands on the Governor's square this time around. Don't continue to roll the dice when it comes to how we move forward in this state. She is not the answer. ...(full comment)

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

go back to n.c. ...(full comment)

Mary Alsentzer: Williamsburg must confront shooting range safety

We don't want medicare for all. We don't want socialized medicine or a single payer system. Look at the VA - thats what you get with that model of health care delivery. An unresponsive government bureacracy that wastes enormous amounts of taxpayer money, is bloated and inefficient and in the end may kill you from neglect. No thanks! And no thanks to Obamacare. ...(full comment)

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

Maine is likely to keep its GOP governor. Connecticut is painted red by most political websites. Gov. Malloy is going to lose there to a Republican according to most polls (thats why the TV ads by Malloy we see on CT TV stations are getting so nasty - he's going down big time). It would be great if we can make MA a red state too. Baker is only a few points behind Coakley in the recent polls (about 7 points). She is not unbeatable - even though the government labor unions who depend on her for freely spending tax dollars and the radical environmentalists will start spending soon big time to push for her. ...(full comment)

GOP’s Baker stockpiling money in race for governor

Very nice editorial about the new library in South Hadley---but you got the addresses wrong. The old library was on Bardwell Street. The new one is at 2 Canal Street. ...(full comment)

Editorial: South Hadley invests big in knowledge, community

I have lots of respect for Carol Ross, and believe she did the right thing. Bob Flaherty tends to sensationalize his broadcasts, which is all too common in the media to attract listeners. Race relations in Amherst needs a meaningful dialog to build trust. This can't be done during a radio broadcast in my opinion. ...(full comment)

Letter by Carol Ross saying she feared ‘race-baiting’ at forum in Amherst angers WHMP officials

Mr. Hodges, I intend no disrespect to veterans, but I would be horrified to have military insignias displayed on public streets. I don't want to live in a military society, or one that identifies itself with its armed forces. I'm a pacifist. I believe violence begets violence, and suffering. ...(full comment)

Ronald Hodges: Crosswalks could bear official seals of military branches

I do agree that real anti-Semitism is terrible. But I think that the way to prevent it or prevent it from gaining adherents is to pay attention to legitimate criticism. Don't forget, support for Israel by American Christians was motivated in most cases by the fact that Christian church services still read from the Old Testament in their church services. Americans supported Israel with religious fervor. When Americans read about the occupation of Palestine, the administrative detentions, the home demolitions, the land confiscations, and the settlement building, they change sides and support the Palestinians with the same religious fervor that they previously gave to the Israelis. You see, the occupation of Palestine breaks a few of the Ten Commandments. ...(full comment)

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

I think the cry of anti-Semitism is a crutch that you carry around with you. It absolves you from ever taking responsibility for your own actions. The UN did not create the state of Israel. UN Resolution 181 was passed by the General Assembly where the US threatened to withhold aid for recovery from WWII to any nation that voted against it. It was never passed by the Security Council. But if you rely on 181, then you should live within all of its articles, not just the ones favorable to you. By military means and ethnic cleansing, Israel has expanded the territory it controls far beyond the 181 borders. Also, 181 called for Israel to pay reparations to the Palestinians whose land was being taken away and given to the Jews. Israel has never paid reparations to the Palestinians, even though Israelis has received huge reparations from Germany. You can't rely on parts of a resolution that you like and ignore the parts that you don't like. Oh, maybe you can actually apply your "rely on / ignore" formula. When people call attention to your hypocrisy, you can call them anti-Semites. ...(full comment)

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