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wow not nice mayor. there goes my support for the next time ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Obviously, there are pieces of this puzzle that we, the public, do not have. However, I can only imagine what a shock it must be to lose your primary employment with absolutely no performance evaluation or forewarning. ??? Should that actually be the case, this employer has erred significantly. ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

apperceive? appreciative? ...(full comment)

Slam Dunk

It is not humane to kill an animal in any way, and kosher and halal ritual slaughter, while I agree is cruel, other slaughter methods are also cruel. Best for folks to wean themselves off meat and open up to the delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine that awaits them. ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thank you, Jasmine, for your important letter re S. 2232 which would help prevent cruelty to some farmed animals. Stan Rosenberg is also my Senator, and I, too, am urging him to strongly support this bill. I have written to him about it privately, and now do so publicly. ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Why not put them in Amherst or Northampton which are much more progressive communities than Chicopee? As progressives we should start by confiscating the Hampshire College campus for this purpose. If we need to - maybe even the Smith Campus. Step up valley progressives! ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Thank you for alerting the public to this crucial issue, Jasmine! The fate of these mothers and infants is in our hands. As Sheryl indicated, these crates are terrible for the animals, for the earth, and for human safety, as they make it impossible to maintain high standards of cleanliness in such cramped conditions. All it takes is a moment of our time to make it clear to our representatives that we want to see these antiquated systems of confinement out of our state once and for all. I hope everyone reading this takes a moment to phone their legislators to urge them to support this bill. ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

"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

I am confused, is Damon Rd. going to have a railroad crossing for the proposed high speed trains? If so, isn't this a recipe for disaster having a 80 mph train travel across this roadway. Hasn't anyone suggested a tunnel or overpass to avoid a collision. The records are replete with incidents of trains crossing roadways even if there are barriers and flashing lights. These safety warnings are not fail safe. John Spineti Agawam ...(full comment)

CORRECTED Damon Road in Northampton will be closed to through traffic for much of Aug. 9-10

What if Israel decided its had enough living in that tough neighborhood. If they somehow could buy a new homeland and they moved the whole population to say Australia if Australia would be willing to sell them a large chunk of land. Do you think the problems in the Middle East would disappear all of a sudden? I don't think so - just look at whats happening in the other countries in the Middle East. Endless civil war between different sects thats been going on for thousands of years. That would still keep going on. Its something to think about when putting all the blame on Israel. They have lots of problems but they are the best ally we have in the area and are the closest thing to a democracy and a free market based economy in the region. They need our support more than ever now. ...(full comment)

Carrie Hemenway: Abhors violence on both sides but Israel must defend itself

S.2232 would help farm animals and local farmers alike - hope all animal friendly legislators like Senator Rosenberg support this bill! ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill