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Michael Di Pasquale: A year-round farmers market for Northampton
02-06-2023 12:48 PM

A recent article in The New York Times showcased several cities with farmers’ markets that have become year-round destinations. I have visited two of them, the Eastern Market in Detroit and Reading Market in Philadelphia. In addition to fresh produce...

Toni Cunningham: Much to love about new school project
02-05-2023 5:23 PM

There is much to love about the new school project in the works for the Fort River site, expected to open in fall 2026. A bright, inviting new elementary school is of course the primary focus, but there are many features of the project that will...

Carole Horowitz: Unbiased views needed to assess forest management
02-03-2023 12:28 PM

Reporter Chris Larabee’s recent article, “Foresters, conservationists oppose Healey logging moratorium,” (Gazette, Jan. 27) quotes state and local experts who believe that “Harvesting timber from forests, for both environmental and commercial...

Jonathan Brody, Page Brody, Roni Gold, Peter Thunsfors: Cannabis tax revenue must serve broader purpose
02-02-2023 5:40 PM

Twice in the past several months, Northampton leaders have clearly established the impact of the cannabis industry on the city. In October, the mayor declined to sign a host agreement for a dispensary in Florence due to the negative affect it would...

Mariann Millard: Town residents should review short-term rental bylaw proposals
02-02-2023 4:33 PM

With regards to the scheduled Planning Board public hearing on short-term rentals for South Hadley on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., I’d like to encourage South Hadley residents to thoroughly read and digest the draft proposed bylaws for short-term rentals (STR)....

John Kinchla: Municipal electric companies and energy costs 
02-02-2023 4:32 PM

Recent reporting on utility rate increases has overlooked an important exception to this trend. Municipal light plants (MLP), which are municipally owned electric companies, have been able to control costs without excessive price increases....

Most productive hitters in big leagues 
01-31-2023 1:59 PM

Career runs produced per game leaders (runs batted in plus runs scored) in Major League Baseball: Josh Gibson 2.24; Turkey Stearnes 1.94; Willie Wells 1.74; Lou Gehrig 1.79; Babe Ruth 1.75; Dan Brouthers 1.69; Hank Greenberg 1.66; Hugh Duffy1.64; Ted...

Jackie Ballance: Hybrid meetings and public silencing 
01-31-2023 1:59 PM

With the advent of COVID-19 and public meetings held remotely by Zoom, the public has enjoyed broader, more democratic access to the public workings of municipal government (with improved audio and video as well). Late last spring, the Northampton...

Americans must condemn new government in Israel 
01-31-2023 1:58 PM

Richard Fein left one crucial piece of information out of his column about the current situation in Israel — information that is not receiving the attention it deserves (“Netanyahu’s new government — What does it mean for Israel?” Gazette, Jan. 23)....

Martha Terry: Encourages input on short-term rentals bylaw 
01-30-2023 12:57 PM

I am writing to alert South Hadley citizens of a public hearing to be conducted by the Planning Board regarding the proposed short-term rental zoning bylaw and proposed short-term rental general bylaw. A virtual public hearing will be held on Monday,...

Linda Young: Short-term rentals at what cost?
01-30-2023 12:57 PM

South Hadley residents, what do you want your town to look like come this summer? On Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. the Planning Board is hosting a Zoom meeting to hear your thoughts on short-term rentals, possibly by right. What does this mean? The home next to...

Miriam Kurland: Wild forests play an important role 
01-30-2023 12:57 PM

It is important when reporting on Gov. Maura Healey’s planned logging moratorium, to include the importance of keeping our forests wild for the benefit of the people, who should be the ones to benefit from our public lands. While it is true that some...

Amy Cahillane: Ice Art Festival a community success
01-30-2023 12:56 PM

The 12th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival was a magical affair, with amazing artists, perfect weather, crowds of enthusiastic viewers and wonderful event hosts and sponsors. On behalf of the Downtown Northampton Association: Thank you! Thank you...

Rev. Dr. Peter Ives and Rev. Carol Rinehart: Sojourner Truth painting to be unveiled
01-29-2023 8:26 PM

On Feb. 4, the Forbes Library will unveil a painting of Sojourner Truth by the highly regarded local artist Richard Yarde. This is a gift from the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee. The event is part of a reception celebrating several additions to...

Dave Kirk: New parking rates add another reason to avoid downtown
01-27-2023 5:56 PM

A 50% increase in the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. parking rate? Extended meter hours at $2/hr for 5 to  8 p.m.? A 100% rate increase and extended hours for Saturday? A 22% increase in monthly parking pass? If anyone wants to know how to stifle business and hurt...

John Howard: Induction stoves are safer and save money
01-26-2023 4:33 PM

There’s been a lot in the press about how bad gas stoves are for your health. They can cause asthma in children and have other gases which are not terribly good for adults (www.ecowatch.com/gas-stoves-asthma-children.html). Using the range exhaust...

Irv Rhodes: Black people don’t need ‘safe spaces to talk’
01-25-2023 8:39 PM

Almost every time we plan or discuss AHRA (African Heritage Reparations Assembly) listening sessions or forums, some of our members inevitably say that we must provide “a safe space for Black people to speak,” or some variation on that theme. This...

Deborah Lee Leonard: Lessons from the past 
01-24-2023 5:16 PM

The elementary school project that would have been completed in 2019 had a total estimated cost of $67.2 million, of which the town would have paid $33.2 million with a grant from the MSBA of $34 million. The current elementary school project, if it...

Lorna Ritz: Fire in the neighborhood
01-24-2023 5:16 PM

Every evening I go for a sunset walk. On Saturday, I put my jacket and gloves on, but when I went out my front door, my eyes were telling me something too extraordinary to take in. The house across the street from me was on fire. I ran for the phone...

Mary Hayden Hall: People and the planet
01-24-2023 5:15 PM

Every human life is precious. And that is why it is so very tragic that so many people subsist in unbearable conditions. Just yesterday, I listened to a story on public radio about Nigeria, where it seems most everyone is trying to leave the country....

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