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I am so frustrated that my tax dollars are paying for this to be on the ballot again that I will certainly be voting in favor of the casinos. I already thought about it and evaluated it last time around, and now I'm sick of hearing about it. Our state needs jobs and revenue! ...(full comment)

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Great story. ...(full comment)

First Person: Groundhog Day

That was the first thing I thought when I heard this. So frustrating. Who do we complain to about this? On May 22nd they said it'd take a month. Now they say 6-8 more weeks. By my calculation, that's 5 months. If I told my boss I'd have something for him in a week, but didn't get it to him for 5 weeks, I'd probably be fired in the third week. Where's the accountability? ...(full comment)

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

"the error I included in my resume"? YOU LIED! Pure & simple. And you LIED to the State of Massachusetts you idiot! There should be criminal charges brought against people that LIE on a State Applications. You people are unbelievable! ...(full comment)

Exec director of company planning to open Northampton medical marijuana shop resigns over inaccurate resume

Appalling is that these people are allowed to enter the US unscreened. ...(full comment)

'It’s appalling people...are being denied attorneys' Bar group sending Northampton lawyer to New Mexico to help immigrant children

"Their rockets are homemade and ineffective. They are more a protest than a weapon." You have no idea what you are talking about, these are "Russian Grad" 122mm rockets. Each rocket carries a 44lb warhead and has a kill radius of 92 ft. Please stop talking your inaneness is ruining the surrounding chakra or something. ...(full comment)

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

Perhaps you were too busy with your vacation plans to notice that there was a war, or more accurately, a massacre going on. Israel was dropping bombs and firing tanks at wall-in occupied people. The Israeli "Defense" Forces were bombing people with no army, no navy and no air force. Again, the people of Gaza are OCCUPIED people. They have been refugees since 1948 when the Zionists invaded their land. They have endured Israeli brutality for 70 years. Just before the recent month long massacre, while you were busy with your travel agent, Israeli soldiers rounded up 900 Palestinian men in a crime against humanity they call "arbitrary detention". Then they invaded Gaza and killed two men. This is all before the Palestinians fired the first of their ineffective homemade rockets. Those rockets are not weapons, they are protests from a walled-in people. While you were busy buying clothes, the rest of the world was watching the massacre on television. While you were making hotel reservations, the rest of the world was reading of surveys of Israelis which showed overwhelming support for the massacre and surveys of American Jews showing overwhelming support for Israel. After your trip, you came home and tried to portray yourself as the "victim". Next time you contact your travel agent, why don't you make plans to visit the West Bank and Gaza? You might gain insight and compassion. Such a change in perspective might have such an impact on you that you have to take a leave of absence to process the new information. In the long run, however, it will make you more complete. It might even make you a social worker. ...(full comment)

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

Cathy, I would say that by now, any reasonably attentive reader of the comments to the Gazette should be more than adequately familiar with your litany of complaints about Israel, and that further unreadably long comments, each coming hard upon the heels of the last, and triggered by the slightest provocation, would cast doubt on the writer's equanimity more than they would change any reader's mind. If you wanted to make a persuasive addition to the heated debate on this issue, perhaps a calmer, better-reasoned approach would be more beneficial. ...(full comment)

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

AND TO TOP IF OFF--SOME WANT THE LOW INCOME HOMES TO BE BUILT--DO THEY EVEN HAV E A CLUE!!!! TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE AND BREAK UP THE CLICK. ...(full comment)

Life after the failed override: Southampton cuts back, from Highway Department furloughs down to eliminating paper towel budget

Yay Bill! ...(full comment)

Richard W.Tracy: Full-page ad on Social Security office off-base

I want to make this perfectly clear: Zionist and Israeli leaders like Theodor Herzl, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Dyan Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu and others have openly spoken of their intention to exterminate or expel the Palestinians since 1896. These statements are available for all to read. There were virtually no Jews in Palestine for nearly 2,000 years. The Jewish migration from Palestine began 450 years before Christ. They went to the trading centers of western Asia and eastern Europe. If you had ever read the Bible you would know this. Read the book of Acts. Look at who the Epistles of Paul are addressed to. The creation of Israel was not a partition; it was an invasion. Israel was created by murdering whole villages of people and expelling the people of other villages. The villages where people were murdered were not chosen because of anything that the people had done; they were chosen twenty years in advance because of the strategic location of these villages. The expelled people are the people who have been Palestinian refugees since 1948. Since 1967 Israel has imposed a brutal occupation on the refugees that they created. They have demolished Palestinian homes and created Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. Palestinian people are occupied: they have no army, navy or air force. Their rockets are homemade and ineffective. They are more a protest than a weapon. The ultimate aim of the Israelis is the expulsion of the people of the West Bank and Gaza. Again, they speak openly about this. All you have to do is open your eyes and read. Few Irish or other people still believe in the myths of the ancient Celts. Why do you and other Israel supporters choose the founding myths of a bronze-age Middle Eastern tribe over Christianity? Many American Jews have chosen a God of love and ethics over the prehistoric tribal myths of the ancient Israelis. You can choose "love thy neighbor, " which is originally from Leviticus 19:18: "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD." Certainly many Jews today include all people as their neighbors. For Christians, Jesus, in the story of the good Samaritan, expanded the meaning of "love thy neighbor" to include all people. Another commandment, Exodus 20: 7 says "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." Using God's name to support murder and expulsion is certainly taking his name in vain. Choose real Christianity or Judaism and don't be a slave to symbols and tokens. ...(full comment)

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

I'll vote for you! ...(full comment)

Richard W.Tracy: Full-page ad on Social Security office off-base

You failed to fully comprehend the article: "Another cost-saving measure has nothing to do with the failed override.... Because of an increase in the cost of busing, the Norris School’s transportation budget ended up with a deficit of nearly $50,000." And to many of us, the true 'fiscal economic terrorists' are those town governments who cannot manage a budget, and instead keep demanding overrides. Being forced to sell your house because you can no longer afford the taxes is tragic; having to pay $225 per child for the school bus ride is not. ...(full comment)

Life after the failed override: Southampton cuts back, from Highway Department furloughs down to eliminating paper towel budget