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"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

When South African apartheid ended, they had a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Calling for love without truth is nonsense. The truth is there were virtually no Jews in Palestine for almost 2000 years. The Jewish migration from Palestine to the trading centers of Europe began before the time of Christ. Browse through the New Testament, read about the travels of Paul of Tarsus and look at where his letters are addressed. Read a history book, by 135 AD, there were virtually no Jews in Palestine and that absence continued for 1810 years. Even after Jews were invited into the Turkish empire after the expulsion from Spain, they settled in other centers of the Turkish empire and prospered there, but few settled in Palestine. By 1900, there were still almost no Jews in Palestine. What happened to the Palestinians in 1947 and 48 was not a partition; it was an invasion. Golda Meir was a war criminal. Jews have to face up to this fact. If they cannot or will not face up to this fact; there will never be peace. The rest of the world knows this. Thanks to the internet, the Lobby is even losing its grip on the American people. In the long run, Jews, must offer an apology and compensation to the Palestinians if they want to hang on to any portion of the land of Palestine. The Jews have demanded and are still receiving compensation from the Germans, but they have never given a nickel of compensation to the Palestinians. It is as if money means more to Israel and its supporters than peace does. The settlements mean more to Israel and to its supporters than peace does. And the ethnic cleansing of Palestine is Israel's ultimate goal. Your talk of "love" while land grabs are still going on ridiculous. It is the ultimate hypocrisy. In the short run, controlling the narrative has been very advantageous to the Israel. In the long run, it is not an eye for an eye; by focusing only on their own propaganda, Israel and its supporters are blinding themselves. ...(full comment)

Sara Weinberger: Loving our way out of Mideast war

Another question to ask... why didn't the representative of MassDOT say anything about the "camp train" when he made his presentation to the Northampton Passenger Rail Advisory Committee on June 18th? Don't be surprised if the camp train is still there next week. The Norfolk Southern crews as of today have "only" made it as far as Hatfield as of today. (they started working south from Greenfield on July 7th). They need to get to Springfield before their part of the project is done. The next surprise... the limited amount of available parking for rail passengers at the location where the Northampton station platform will be built to the south of Union Station. ...(full comment)

Wishing that train would leave the station

"Should our society continue to view death as a failure and, thus, distinctly un-American?" I would like to know in which "society" President Pasquerella lives. This is the first I have heard of death being considered "un-American." I reject this characterization of my fellow citizens, especially those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, and resent the implicit slur against Americans who take pride in their citizenship. ...(full comment)

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Anybody that doesn't believe in gun ownership, feel free to put a sign up in front of their home stating that. I'm sure that will solve all their problems... ...(full comment)

What the Second Amendment intended

There will only be peace when the Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist. Hamas is an integral part of the Palestinian Govt, and is focused on the extinction of Israel. Israel has the right to defend itself, and it looks like it's doing a darned fine job... ...(full comment)

Israel invades Gaza

Waste of energy - election cycle posing. Not gonna pass Congress. Not our circus, not our monkees.... ...(full comment)

Tibetan community grateful for U.S. Rep. McGovern’s bill for a more accessible Tibet

So only the rich will be able to get the vital medical care that prolongs their lives. I guess the rest of us just should go off and die quietly. Nice world these progressives are bringing to us isn't it. This is the future with Obamacare. You die - and the rich and cultural elites get to live. ...(full comment)

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Great article Matty . . RIP Coach Koch! Tom M, UMass '72 ...(full comment)

Matt Vautour: Coach Sam Koch dedicated life to UMass men’s soccer program

I agreed that Gaza should be set free. Yes, it should be liberated from the Islamist Hamas regime that seeks to kill Israelis (including Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bahai and non-believers) by launching rockets at Israeli cities and towns. When Israel left Gaza in 2005, the Palestinians had a free territory, and hundreds of millions of dollars from Europe and the United States, to build a strong economy and a civil society. Indeed, liberal Jewish foreign donors even spent 40 million dollars to buy very productive greenhouses from departing Israeli citizens to give them to the Palestinians. This would allow the Palestinians to have a very productive agricultural operation for export to Europe. In true fashion, as soon as the Israeli Jews left, the Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses. Then the Palestinians violently expelled Fatah and elected the anti-Semtic and anti-Progressive Hamas regime. Hamas used its massive foreign aid to build a terror fortress, instead of building schools, homes and hospitals. Now Hamas had adopted a cynical strategy of using Palestinians as human shields to protect their rocket launchers and arms depots built in neighborhoods. Unfortunately, for both the Palestinians and Israelis, Hamas and its supporters are a violent Islamist cult that spreads bloodshed. Yes, Gaza should be freed from Hamas. It is a pity that the pathetic self-styled radicals in Northhampton are too myopic to realize that they are supporting a reactionary, homophobic, and violent regime that they could not tolerate for five minutes. Meanwhile, Israel is the only progressive, multicultural and democratic nation in the Mideast. We all know that Israel is the only mideast country in which our progressive friends would ever want to live. ...(full comment)

Demonstration in Northampton against Israel’s Gaza campaign

How wrong you are; it is my business when you choose to partially to eliminate birth control choice of one gender over the other under the umbrella of religion. Just because the majority of men on the bench ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, doesn't make it right, just sadly pathetic. ...(full comment)

Charles LaPiene: Liberal reaction to Hobby Lobby 'hysterical' 'Why place the burden on me for their choice?