I have to say that of ALL the spins I saw coming out of this paper, I never saw this one.
This editorial states "... unorthodox abortion methods that included women delivering babies that were then “snipped” with scissors after they were born alive, the paper reported."
"Unorthodox?" Really is common in late term abortions that the baby is induced and the then "doctor" then jams scissors into the back of the baby's head, near where the head meets the neck, and cuts the spinal column. This practice is also commonly referred to as "partial birth abortion."
In 2007 Time magazine ran a story stating that there were an estimated 5,000 such abortions in 2007, given that the Bergen Record reported that 1,500 late term (partial birth) abortions are performed annually in a single New Jersey clinic ("The Abortion Ruling: An Isolated Win?" Time, April 20, 2007).
Using scissors to sever a spinal column of an infant is FAR FAR from the polite and petite "snipped" comment in the editorial.
This editorial sounds like this entire problem is society's fault. That if we just allowed women to do away with their "problem" any way they want, any time they want, and the tax payer picks up the tab, that none of this would have happened.
Now we have yet another abortion doctor, this time in Texas, accused of "twisting baby's heads right off their bodies," among other "abortion procedures," according to news reports. Is The Daily Hampshire Gazette going to blame this on society too? ...(full comment)
When will the city of Northampton stop giving away our community owned land ? Why does the the Center for the Arts have no home today? Is it because Old School Commons was given to private developers? When will elected officials who are in the real estate business recuse themselves from these public property give aways? After the financial debacle of the abbutters to the landfill on Glendale Road ,haven't we the public had enough? This extensive article with a paragraph titled "MUST SELL" doesn't tell us anything about the WHY , except to state that a realtor who is an elected official thinks it is a good idea.
The next time our town feels like we need more public space ,with this leadership, we are likely to pay through the nose for it .Meanwhile the Florence building "breaks even" and it isn't clear, from the article, that this is true currently for the Community Music School property . A quick look at your own tax bill suggests that the land alone that these properties occupy has considerable value that we ,as the town, will give away forever .
Finally ,the Florence Grammar School did not close because of a lack of enrollment in Florence, but a politically popular ,but there had been a really not needed expansion of the Leeds school building. It was then necessary to close Florence and bus children to Leeds to fill up that school..
Fortunately the leadership that has preserved Look Park and Childs Park for public use does not have the short sightedness of our elected officials. Ironically these are private self perpetuating boards. ...(full comment)
Good for you John! Team rules are pretty simple if enforced (as you have done here) whether that player was the best on your team or not he should be as accountable as every other person on that team.
I don't know the parent at all, but usually a person that will go to that extreme have a history of "chirping" and "coaching from the stands". He probably has aspirations of more atheltic success for their child in college etc... The saddest part is that this guy probably doesn't realize that accepting the consequences go a lot farther to shape his child as a player/person than actually getting away with it and being allowed to play anyways.... ...(full comment)
Superintendent Houle continues to demonstrate her lack of leadership by vetoing a sensible decision by her staff without offering any constructive alternative Of her own. Add this incident to her ignoring the mood of a roomful of concerned parents last year over the BB gun incident and it is very clear to me that Belchertown has a 'disconnected' school superintendent. It's time to let her go and find someone with more management experience. ...(full comment)
The school superintendent was very wrong. One only has to remember the referee at a youth soccer game that was hit once by a 17 yr old and died. The superintendent evidently does not feel that people need to account for their behavior, which is really sad. ...(full comment)
Texas is a far cry from MA. While nearly 1/4 Texans lack any health insurance, 31% of McLennan County are poor and uninsured. In TX, the counties pick up indigent health care costs with a limit of $30,000 per year. Gov. Perry has refused to expand Medicare in his state, to the detriment of its citizens. (Of course, what do you expect from a member of the Tea Party, which was actually started back in 2003 by the Koch brothers and big tobacco companies for their own company's interests).
Many of the people in West are also now unemployed and with the liability insurance (a paltry 1 million $, also thanks to TX government), that sum will not go far. Sadly, the Boston Marathon Bombings overshadowed this tragedy in TX and continues to do so - there is more media coverage of where to bury one of the bombers than there is of the tragedy in West. ...(full comment)
With buses, and cars, I don't think the students will find The Retreat too far from campus. We want things to stay the same in town, but it's not our job to micromanage, or is our right. We have lives better than many others, and I see a distinct lack of gratitude on the part of many Amherst residents. The more we resist change, the worse problems with the students will become. As an example of change, I've lived in Amherst 51 years. The road I live on was a meandering back road with potholes. Over the years it has been steadily improved, so much so that it is now a major artery, and all day, and for at least part of the night I listen to traffic. I've found that it doesn't bother me that much. There was never a guarantee that I settled here things would stay the same. Things could be worse. We could live a bad part of Holyoke. Count your blessings. ...(full comment)
Israel should learn to deal honestly and decently with the millions of refugees it has created over the last 65 years. The United States should not give one nickle of support to Israel until it does so. For 65 years Israel has been beating up the Palestinians for fear that they may try to get their homes and villages and land back. Why don't they drop that "Chosen People" stance and try abiding by international law for change. Israel is setting itself up for a huge and long overdue backlash. ...(full comment)