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I don't know why Rep. Stanley Rosenberg said the whole thing is baffling to those in the legislature and that he doesn't know why he was called to testify. Stanley's not a stupid guy, I'm sure he knows that political patronage is the second oldest profession. ...(full comment)

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thank you, Cathy, as I reply tearfully after reading about a UN shelter being bombed today and dozens killed, particularly children. This was after the UN repeatedly gave Israel the coordinates of the shelter. There were so many children being brought to the hospital that doctors were forced to remove shrapnel from the back of a 6 months old baby without sedation or pain medicine. Israel has built an apartheid nation filled with racism and hate. An Israeli tv station interviewed 2 soldiers in 2009 after they shot a Palestinian mother in front of her family (which included small children) and refused to let her get medical help. After her death, they tore up their house, again with the children watching. When the Israeli reporter asked why they were in Israel killing civilians, one of the soldiers replied that they were there to exterminate. The Israeli TV station ran the interview even though the Israeli government censored it. Israel must be invading it now to again "exterminate" - most of the people killed and injured are civilians. According to the UNRWA, 141,338 Palestinian civilians now displaced in 83 UNRWA shelters. Numbers rising constantly. Israel has bombed 3 of these shelters in the past 2 days. ...(full comment)

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

What about the ritual slaughter of animals? We need to ban Kosher and Halal meat. Its not humane to kill an animal by slitting its throat to meet some irrelevent ancient religious taboo that no longer has any use in a progressive caring world. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2562350/Denmark-accused-anti-Semitism-bans-religious-slaughter-animals-kosher-halal-meat.html ...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

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

With apologies to Garry Brown of "The Republican" : Just sitting and wondering if Undersecretary Sylvia will be invited to speak at the Solarize Amherst celebration on the 29th. More than a few of the 174 residents might be interested in his explaining support for H4185 that caves in to the utility lobbyists and effectively torpedoes the financial assumptions of their recent significant and long term investments in the program. ...(full comment)

New law casts shadow on small-scale solar

Republicans already lost the hispanic vote for 2016. We know conservatives parties are preventing the President from any reform. ...(full comment)

Carl P. Leubsdorf: GOP’s trouble with Hispanic vote in 2016

For the past year, there have been numerous articles about the saturation of casinos in the northeast, including the New England states. The two casinos in Ct are reportedly "struggling" this year as business has declined. How is MA going to support their casinos? ...(full comment)

Trump casino closing in NJ

I used to be on the celebrations committee in a town in eastern MA for several years - we had events going July 4 from 7 am to the fireworks and Atlas always did them. They always did a wonderful job back then, it's really a shame if someone in the company is now shorting the very customers that keep them in business and are taking advantage of other companies that are bidding correct counts. After hearing this, I don't think I could trust them again. ...(full comment)

Greenfield presses probe of fireworks company