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Lawrence Pareles: Make it easier for doctors to come here
11-27-2023 3:55 PM

We clearly have a shortage of doctors in the commonwealth and it’s even more severe in rural areas like western Mass. There is no easy solution for this, but there is a simple step which could help. One way we can make it easier for doctors to come...


Barry Roth: A proposal for peace: Connect Gaza, West Bank
11-27-2023 3:54 PM

By BARRY ROTH

Editor’s note: The following was submitted to the U.S. State Department by Rep. Jim McGovern at the author’s request, on Dec. 21, 2014. Nothing came of it. At the time of this writing December 21, 2014 (the winter solstice) things appear very dark and...


Mark Frost: Where will it end?
11-27-2023 10:00 AM

Surprise, more taxes! It’s great that the value of our home of the last 47 years has increased quite a bit. The problem is we won’t see any of that increase until we sell it, but the city is taking its percentage now. Right now us senior citizens have...


Guest columnist Joseph Silverman: Controversy on Hadley’s Climate Change Committee
11-27-2023 6:05 AM

By JOSEPH SILVERMAN

A recent article reported on a climate science expert who resigned from the Hadley Climate Change Committee after she responded to challenges from committee members with an emotional outburst that included profanity [“Climate panel member quits,”...


Columnist Richard Fein: Is Hamas winning the long war?
11-27-2023 6:00 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

In four previous columns I have written about my love for my Jewish religion and for the State of Israel. It is because of that love that I am appalled by the Netanyahu government’s attempt to undermine that nation’s democracy and for its occupation...


Guest columnist Olin Rose-Bardawil: Merely reacting only fuels rancor
11-25-2023 7:15 AM

By OLIN ROSE-BARDAWIL

In recent years, it has become clear that social media platforms have the capacity to deepen social polarization and worsen the already dire political situation.Many of the negative effects of social media on our political environment are well known...


Guest columnist John Paradis: Let’s make world safe for kids to be silly
11-22-2023 5:30 PM

By JOHN PARADIS

Last week, I watched a 1-pound eastern gray squirrel roll a 10-pound pumpkin across our yard to the edge of our woods.Then, in a matter of minutes, the rodent gnawed off the stem and chewed a hole. It continued to bore inside, eventually fitting its...


Milton Hanzel: Israel must act with conscience, find long-term solutions
11-20-2023 9:51 AM

We have an interesting contradiction going on in Israel and Gaza now. On the one hand, Israel defends its brutal response to Hamas’ recent terrorist spree by stating the only way to be safe is to root out (read: exterminate) all of Hamas.On the other...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Faith journey leads to community
11-14-2023 2:02 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

It may seem odd for a transgender woman to be writing a piece about her love of several faith communities. For a long time, members of the LGBTQ+ community were shunned by many denominations and many churches. However, I have been lucky enough to...


One for the record books? Florence man’s 40-mile pumpkin paddle ends with ‘only one near-capsize’
11-07-2023 4:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Hop in a car at the Stillwater Bridge in Deerfield and you can make it to the Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke in about a half-hour. A bicycle can you get you there in roughly 2½ hours and walking will likely take you eight hours. Dave Rothstein now...


Patrick Mahoney: Support for Ukraine worth it
10-23-2023 9:59 PM

Regarding the Gazette story about a recent forum on the Russia-Ukraine war [“Tensions high over Ukraine War,” Gazette, Oct. 21], readers should know that the U.N.’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine published a report on Oct....


Columnist Richard Fein: American Dilemma — When moral values and national interest collide
10-22-2023 7:01 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

A dilemma for U.S. foreign policy: When our democratic and humanistic values come into conflict with vital national interests (protection from military attack and protecting economic security) what is the best thing to do?1. Diplomatic recognition of...


Christina Petersen: Davis for School Committee
10-17-2023 6:33 PM

I encourage Northampton residents to re-elect Aline Davis for School Committee. Aline is the mother of three adult children who graduated from Northampton public schools, and she is a teacher herself in Longmeadow.Can you imagine teaching second...


Mary Bates: Agna an experienced leader in education
10-17-2023 7:57 AM

I write to enthusiastically endorse Gwen Agna for the at-large School Committee seat in the election on Nov. 7. As a first-grade teacher at the Jackson Street School, I worked closely with Gwen, the principal of our school, for 18 years.She is an...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Just a garden variety tool girl
09-10-2023 1:37 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

‘I’m Mariel and I love my tools.” Clapping can be heard from other members of the tool owners’ support group.When I announced my transition in January 2016, I think some people thought I might trade in my tools for a makeup kit. Nothing is further...


Susan B. Boucher: Doesn’t speak for ‘disabled community’
09-04-2023 5:50 PM

Regarding Ben Weil’s recent guest column [“Downtown designed for people,” Gazette, Aug. 30]: I’m not sure where Mr. Weil acquired his broadly stated facts about the potential Main Street redesign, but I give him credit for appearing to be well...


‘Veterans helping veterans’: Amherst VFW uses money from sale of post to pay off Florence VFW’s mortgage
09-04-2023 5:46 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Proceeds from the sale of the Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars building to the town have been used to pay off the Florence VFW’s mortgage, an event recently celebrated with a burning of the mortgage papers.The town of Amherst acquired...


‘Bombarding homes and businesses’: Heavy rain, moist conditions lead to increase in ant infestations
09-03-2023 4:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

If you’ve noticed more ants in your house, shed or basement this summer, you’re not alone.Heavy rain makes for the soggy conditions that are ideal for the insects, and a near-record level of precipitation in Massachusetts in July has resulted in ant...


Guest columnist John P. DiBartolo Jr.: Main Street redesign — A trial run for safety
08-30-2023 11:30 AM

By JOHN P. DIBARTOLO JR. 

Among the reasons given for the proposed redesign of Main Street is that it will afford greater safety to pedestrians and cyclists. If this is true, we should not wait for federal funding and a three-year construction period, we should institute the...


McCarthy family: Grateful for support with missing relative
08-24-2023 8:14 PM

Our family recently experienced a frightening time when our family member went missing in Hadley. Thankfully, he was found in surprisingly good health for having been away and alone for almost two days.We are so incredibly grateful to Police Lt....

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