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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

Clearly Hobby Lobby who covers a man's Vasectomy is gender bias. They want to be a real catholic and then they need to not cover this. So all you men out there who support not covering Birth control you need to contact Hobby Lobby and demand they not cover YOUR Birth control. You need to not have intercourse unless it is for the purpose of producing a child. So you need to be married, have intercourse and have your babies, and man up and take care of them, love your wife and your children above yourself; or be celibate. ...(full comment)

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

The United States does not control Israel. We can pressure them, but Israel is an independent, financially and militarily strong country that makes its own decisions. It will take significant concessions from the military wing of Hamas (disarmament, recognition of the right of Israel to exist) before there can be any kind of peace. The Palestinians are unfortunately caught between a rock and a hard place. ...(full comment)

Israel invades Gaza

It is up to the American people to end this conflict. It won't end until the U.S. tells Israel that we will not continue to pay for their settlement building on the occupied land of Palestine; nor will we continue to foot the bill for their blockade to Gaza. Somehow we have to get control of our government back from the lobby. Until we stop supporting the occupation and siege, of course, the occupied people will periodically rebel; of course the people under siege will try to lift the siege. ...(full comment)

Israel invades Gaza

The senate is lost. Its almost a sure bet it will go red this fall. I'm heading to the Holyoke Mall right now actually to pick up an AT&T wifi hotspot. I'm so tired of my DSL from Verizon. So many problems with Verizon. Definately will be heading to Hobby Lobby while at the mall to spend some money there if I can find something worth buying. I would assume by now only men work their since most women would feel like an indentured servant working for such a horrible company that denies them their basic human rights. Thats fine with me because I will flirt with any male cashier I can. ...(full comment)

George Goodwin, Rhoda Honigberg: Huge stakes in upcoming election

actually, there is no copay for birth control under Obamacare... ...(full comment)

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

Hobby Lobby is in the Holyoke Mall- please boycott them on Sundays - they are closed to let the employees have a day of rest in accordance with the owners standards. Horrible company - not open on Sunday when people are out shopping... ;-) ...(full comment)

George Goodwin, Rhoda Honigberg: Huge stakes in upcoming election

Another whiney lib wanting to suppress the rights of others because of their discomfort. Legal use of property - deal with it... ...(full comment)

Legal gunfire rankles Williamsburg neighbors

So if the memo had merit would you have supported sending it? Even if it may have :damaged" Mr. Shabazz's reputation? Secondly, you seem concerned that the memo drew "even more attention to the student". So your solution to the comment by Mr. Shabazz would be to sweep it under the rug to protect the student? ...(full comment)

Amherst officials fight bid to discuss, possibly 'disavow' Shabazz memo; Regional School Committee to take up issue today in Pelham anyway

Has anybody stepped up in Amherst and said they will take in the illegal children whose parents are sending them to invade our country so the parents can ultimately get in downt he road? Amherst should proudly state they want at least 1000 of these illegal soutern border invaders relocated there. Has a letter been sent yet to the Governor by town administrator Musante? Anything less would be racist. Maybe kick it up to 2000 to make up for the other racist things happening in town lately. ...(full comment)

Amherst school panel reverses reprimand of Amilcar Shabazz over use of ‘racist’ term for student

While I no longer live in Northampton and haven't for many years, grew up there and spent many many hours at Forbes, it is a beautiful building situation makes me so sad, thankful it wasn't much worse. Best wishes with the cleanup and restoration. Barbara Bak ...(full comment)

Latest damage estimate from Forbes Library arson between $100K-$150K; restoration work expected to take about three weeks