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Hopefully its not taken out of the school budget! ...(full comment)

MAP Northampton begins largest paving operation in years with $2 million and dozens of streets picked for improvement

What is so telling is the peace & prosperity of the West Bank where Hamas has no influence. ...(full comment)

Readers respond to Prashad Gaza column: Rabbi Justin David, Avoiding either/or on the Gaza crisis

I am left wondering why there is no photo of Mr Warren in the article. If he is ordered to stay out of town, how could the townspeople assist in ensuring his compliance if there is no description or photo? I think the Gazette could provide better public service than this. ...(full comment)

Get out of town: At dangerousness hearing, Yeshaq Warren, charged with knife threats against senior citizen, barred from Amherst

Perhaps you missed your calling:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUnhfvGdmmw I am sure that God is shaking his head in great sadness of the people who have turned their backs and protested against helping these children. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

"This type of business" meaning a queer friendly restaurant? Are you kidding? Where have you been for the last 20 years? Why shouldn't this business stay right where they are? They aren't drastically changing any of their existing programming, as far as I know there have been no problems with Popcorn Noir's customers acting unruly in the past, and plenty of their clientele buy Ice cream, bagels, hardware, art supplies and tattoos from nearby businesses. It's certainly better than having another empty storefront! Bottom line; If you don't care for it, don't go. Problem solved! More oysters and pancakes for the rest of us! ...(full comment)

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

This is beyond belief. NB: 'Guerra is the owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants downtown.' So, he's broke? Really? NB: '“The kids are starting from scratch,” he said. “They don’t have anything, so it’s all good.” Consider this: Claudio Guerra has assets far beyond the average person's comprehension. He can give his children anything they may need, and right now. NB: “Claudio is an incredibly generous man.” The 6500 square foot home that burned down was built by contractors that have not been paid for their work. Claudio Guerra owes these workers, and others, hundreds of thousands of dollars. Generous? I don't think so. The Montessori School should use their generosity to help those truly in need of it. That very large group would most definitely NOT include Mr. Guerra and his family. ...(full comment)

Montessori School collects for Guerra family

"[T]o what extent does controlling and restricting gun ownership prevent criminal misuses of guns?" Prior Restraint is constitutionally impermissible. "The new Massachusetts gun laws seem to balance competency of use — although this is a slippery slope — with public safety." Slippery slope? It's a 10% grade coated with motor oil. According the the majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller, "We know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding 'interest-balancing' approach. The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government—even the Third Branch of Government—the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all. Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad. . . [T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table." - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER (No. 07-290) 478 F. 3d 370, affirmed. The government's police powers extend only to criminal acts, not ia priorii to the rights that are misused to commit them. ...(full comment)

Paul M. Craig: Verdict still out on new state gun law

We already let over a million people immigreate to this country each year. What about following the rules already on the books? Why should we have open borders and let anybody self immigrate which is what is happening now? No country in the world can exist with open borders. I wonder what Martha Coaxley's position is on this? We know the gov wants to put thousands of the kids in Chicopee. Where does Martha the presumptive democratic nominee stand on this position? Should they go to Chicopee? Has she been asked this question? I'd love to hear her response. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

Really should have this type of business on a main st next door to an Ice cream shop. Belongs on the outer edges of town ...(full comment)

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

Bookman's concerns about Gangs or Terrorism can be taken seriously and a comprehensive Immigration Policy could include how to handle the problem. We can track our kid movements to the point where parents can almost know where they are at any moment. The concern about disease is Fear Mongering that the weakest politicians have used since the beginning of our Democracy and can be countered with reality and past experience. We had Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to our shores through Ellis Island there were people who were sick and people who where dishonest and we have mostly worked our way through the problems they caused. We cannot hide from the realities of the world. Aboli is in Africa, with modern transportation it could be in any other country in days. That does not means we crawl in a hole and hide, we try to build logical defenses against it. So the fact are flawed and probably any immigration policy that is proposed by any party or individual will be flawed. But the reality is we can't get a real proposal past 1st base and it is a shame. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

I'll tell you what but Southampton has recently been giving Easthampton a run for their money. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis

A quick response to Dave's four points: 1) Referring top people as being ignorant about returning children to their 'home' country is a little harsh. A person may disagree with your opinion without being considered an idiot, uninformed as to why the sudden influx of children across our Southern border. 2) Bad comparison to a neighbor's house, Dave. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are not neighbors but in the proximity thereof. Any proof that these countries are committing human rights violations on their citizens has not been shown, and if such was the case, why isn't the entire population )parents of these children included) seeking refuge in the US. 3) Seems logical to me that the parents of children in, say, Botswana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Ukraine et.al, would surely feel the same way. Shouldn't we put out the word to have ALL their children come here as well? Shouldn't we accept all the children living in poverty the world over come here. Imagine the cost of providing services to all these poor people. But I'm sure you wouldn't mind paying higher taxes to support them, would you Dave. Or am I just being 'ignorant.' 4) A land of plenty didn't get this way by over stressing its healthcare system, it's educational system, or it's justice system. We have NO idea what diseases these children have. We have NO idea how many belong to the horrific gang known as MS-13. We have NO idea if terrorists have infiltrated the ranks of these children. You make no mention of these concerns in your article. Who is it exactly that's being ignorant. I know you're not an ignorant man, but before you write an article larded with emotional content, you may want to include some facts in your presentation of humanitarian goodwill. ...(full comment)

David West: Four points made about immigration crisis