Maybe you distrust the lame-stream media, but then are you also saying that Fox News did not contribute "1 oz of honest reporting" either? If that's the case, there is something we DO agree on. Because short of getting Rupert Murdoch to found a 24 hour Benghazi network, I don't see how this could have gotten more exposure. ...(full comment)
"Meanwhile," what? What is going on "while" people are making excuses? Sounds like you lifted that sentence directly out of some larger screed. Are you so used to bleating back Fox News talking points that you can't even form your own sentences? Baaaa Baaaa Baaaa. ...(full comment)
Traumatic Brain Injury results from an accumulation of sub-concussive blows and rapid accelerations or decelerations of the brain inside the cranium/skull – called “brain slosh”. We must focus energy and resources on preventing brain slosh and the associated damage and disease. ...(full comment)
We also need to take into consideration the seemingly increased expectation that snow be removed as quickly as possible, without blocking our driveways and curb cuts so that drivers, pedestrians and even bike riders can get back to normal as soon as possible, all without raising taxes.
This is winter. It's New England. We get lots of snow. Relax.
And by the way, Northampton does as good a job of clearing snow as any community around here. ...(full comment)
How could I have forgotten to mention the astronomical increases in the water and sewer rates for Northampton home owners - said to be necessary to address the 'crumbling infrastructure' currently in place. Negligence, decades long, again. ...(full comment)
The concerns of some, do not want repairs, they want to keep their "intimacy"; they like their potholes ; they are worried about traffic; they do not want to update the water system; they do not see a need for sidewalks. Point taken, the DPW needs oversite; but to scare people from these very needs is unacceptable. The mayor whom the majority voted in, needs to step up and ensure, whether it is the DPW or outside source that the quality control over the contractors is performed to ensure quality results, which needs to be specified contractually. Bottom line is that Hinckley Street in its' current state is a safety hazard and this project needs to be performed. ...(full comment)
Thank you, justcurious, I'm with you all the way. Neglect by the DPW - yes, their own building; the reservoir dam, maybe? The sudden need for a new storm water fee for residents? The culture of neglect at the DPW has apparently been decades long. Something must change, and soon. ...(full comment)
Theresa1, you missed the point entirely. Of *course* streets should be maintained and repaired. Yes, we all pay taxes toward that end. However, the City of Northampton's past efforts at road construction and repair have not been completed successfully, as expressed in this letter. Therefore, future street and road projects should be viewed cynically by all residents and abutters. Our current DPW is apparently incompetent, as are the civic planners and 'engineers' that should be overseeing these jobs. At this point in time, the 'biggest liability to the city' is City government itself. ...(full comment)
This was posted Sunday, February 17, 2013, more than one year ago. Yet, this article is continuously on the week's more read list. Perhaps Northampton's current Police News deserves a more prominent space on the website. I always look for police news, arrests, and District Court news, but can't always find it. Obviously, there is an interest from other readers in the same sort of information. ...(full comment)
Be very careful if you let them be your service providers.
If you dont have a new heating system and you use the
this company they will not honor there agreement and
almost always insist you get a new system for $8,000.
Think this through before letting them be your service
provider! ...(full comment)
Public opinion, the majority want this and have been asking for this street to be repaired for a very long time. How you feel about the DPW is not the issue, These people pay their taxes, and any money whether for Chapter 90 or otherwise is paid by taxpayers, and they deserve it. ...(full comment)