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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

Man crush (blushing slightly :-)) ...(full comment)

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

When the media focuses on one side, we tend to align ourselves with that side, without really ever caring to wait for the facts; what little we know is what occurred was a physical confrontation" during which Brown "physically assaulted the police officer; when the police officer attempted to exit his vehicle he was pushed back into the car by Brown, who then assaulted him inside. Brown then allegedly attempted to seize Wilson's gun, which was fired at least once during the struggle. There is evidence from the officer's injuries to his face. Brown ran away. At some point it was noted that Brown had been part a robbery. Now I am not saying what was justified and what was not, but a 6'4" tall man who weighed 292 lbs that physically attacks someone after just committing a strong-arm robbery minutes before his death can be considered with an intent to cause harm and is in fact dangerous. Michael Brown set this in motion by his actions. Consider this; 3 days ago Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot and killed when making a traffic stop; while trying to arrest a suspect, an altercation broke out, three shots were fired and the Police Chief was shot in the middle of the street ; the killer had an active misdemeanor warrant for graffiti. Where is the silent vigil for this officer? The point is, it is too easy to paint an officer as the bad guy, for a judgment call that could have easily been a bystander that was killed or the officer himself, had he not acted; then they would have persecuted the officer for not protecting; this was a no win situation. It doesn't only take a gun to kill. And as for John Kydd, perhaps the gazette should have reviewed the July 2012 arrest of a John Kydd, at the time 43-years-old for breaking into a house in South Amherst; he was charged with possession of heroin and breaking and entering in the daytime. In addition to the charges, a records check showed an outstanding warrant had been issued against him by Holyoke police. Two senseless deaths, all of which could have been prevented if people were law abiding citizens. ...(full comment)

Silent vigil in Northampton remembers shooting victim Michael Brown

Again, I am not impressed with anyone's intelligence or humanity , or their ability to read, if they keep speaking of their own victimization while they are touring Europe and supporting the murder of imprisoned men women and children as it is taking place in Gaza. My mention of a travel agent was rhetorical. I am sorry if it interfered with your ability to understand my main idea. Her mention of an apartment was unclear. It may have belonged to a family member years ago. In any case, should I be impressed with Sara Weinberger's humanity and compassion if she stayed in an apartment during her European vacation? Perhaps instead of trying to suppress criticism of Israel when it is murdering occupied people, American Jews should stop supporting the occupation and murder. Then, the rest of the world would not seem so anti-Semitic to you. Or if you are unable to see beyond the narrow interest of your own ethnic group, at least keep quiet about your victimization while you are supporting an ongoing massacre. ...(full comment)

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

82% of Gazettenet readers who responded to the poll on this issue are opposed to making Nton a Sanctuary city. How out of touch the community leaders are. Only 69 days left and real Americans will take back the country. A tidal wave is building that will sweep progressives away. Connecticut to our south is going to elect a republican governor, Scott Brown is tied in New Hampshire and Martha Coakley is going to lose in Mass. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Northampton mayor shows compassion for those in immigration limbo

"gentle soul"? video shows this "gentle soul" in a convenience store, grabbing a clerk by the shirt and forcefully pushing him into a display rack and stealing cigars. Is it not remotely possible he did attack the police officer, beat him and attempt to steal his gun? and as for "hands up".....is it not conceivable he was raising them as he said "what you gonna do? huh? shoot me? " as he ran towards the officer to attack again? You want to talk about "senseless killing"? Far more young black men are killed at the hands of other young black men than by police officers, yet every time this happens, it's all about "race". Where is the outrage the other 99% of the time when a young black man kills another? ...(full comment)

Brown’s family lays a ‘gentle soul’ to rest

Looking forward to shopping local with our new breweries. I have been a loyal customer of Abandoned Building since it opened - if Fort Hill and New City meet the taste and quality of ABB, life will be good!! ...(full comment)

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

It's a heck of a lot harder on all the customers - wondering when you go out if the card has been cancelled by fraud alert again. I'd like FSB and ESB to get their IT security act together... ...(full comment)

Debit card fraud making life hard for Easthampton gyms that automatically bill members

There are many justified concerns, that Gary has pointed out, and I also realize there are some very nice people that have come here illegally. In saying that, I have to disagree with the Mayor's choice on this. What one needs to realize is that there is a process in place to come over to our great country legally. In this process there are many measures that our government takes to ensure (not always 100% effective, but more so than not) those coming here are documented as well as looked into for intents of becoming an American citizen. There is also one very strong point that needs great attention, many of those that come over here illegally come from countries that do not inoculate against a variety of diseases as well as we are not inoculated against them. The CDC has many guidelines for prevention of diseases, and when one comes over here illegally they are not tested for or against diseases. It only takes one infected person to spread and cause a disease that is a silent killer. The Mayor has increased the chances of this happening by turning a blind eye on those who are here illegally. And just to be clear, I do not have an issue with anyone wanting to come to our country, but we do have processes in place, and they are in place for a reason. Do these process need to be reviewed and improved, yes. The mayor in lieu of disregarding the law, should spend his energy and time in helping to make our laws and processes more accessible for those to come over legally. ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

According to Wikipedia, Easthampton is now tied with Milwaukee for number of active breweries. The Milwaukee breweries are Miller, Lakefront and the Milwaukee Brewpub. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_breweries_in_Wisconsin ...(full comment)

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Probably the same probability that someone would bomb the Boston Marathon or fly planes into the WTC. Since there are about 6 billion impoverished people in the world lets have open borders and let all and any who can fly or walk to this country in. Haven't you ever heard of legal immigration? Stop making it comfortable for those people to come here illegally. Its wrong that the mayor is making N'ton a sanctuary city. You certainly cannot deny that drug gangs are coming in over the border and crimanl elements. Just look at whats going on in Mexico. The coutnry is a basket case. ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

gary, that's highly unlikely. I've tutored immigrants who take English courses in Northampton, and they're wonderful people who happen to have had the misfortune of being born in impoverished countries, the luck and fortitude to come to the US to find work and help their families, and the great good fortune to work with caring people in our community who welcome them, teach them English, take care of their medical problems, etc. The great "terrorist threat" is something that corporate-owned media uses to divide groups of people and keep us all living in fear. As the business of corporations is to exploit resources all over the world, it's in their interest to keep people from seeing each other as human beings. ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants