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Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: American Climate Corps — The CCC reborn
07-18-2024 4:08 PM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

Last month, the first 9,000 members of the new American Climate Corps were sworn in and started work. This federal program is designed to train young people and engage them in new government-funded jobs in the clean energy, conservation, and climate...

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Nancy Natale: The protections we thought our government had are weakened
07-18-2024 4:07 PM

The recent column “Fearful of autocracy? We are well protected,” published July 16 took up a lot of space but had little meaningful content. As numerous news media commentators and government officials have pointed out, our country is under assault by...


Alan Kanner: Dispatch from the future
07-18-2024 4:07 PM

On March 1, 2027, The New York Times reported that Chief Justice Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was recently confirmed after the mysterious death of John Roberts, has ruled in the majority opinion that the 22nd Amendment has been repealed, arguing that...


Toni Cunningham: Library repairs a fraction of expansion cost
07-18-2024 4:07 PM

The Jones Library’s “Plan B” does not have to be — and should not be — one that addresses every deferred maintenance need.All town-owned buildings have millions of dollars worth of needed repairs. Why would a non-town-owned building get everything...


Robert N. Brooks: A reason for optimism
07-18-2024 4:07 PM

Recently I had lunch at a local (Amherst) restaurant. The table arrangements were such that I was facing another, with about six patrons, none of whom I knew. When it came time to pay the bill the server indicated it been paid for by the people at the...


Columnist Johanna Neumann: Safe for swimming? We got work to do
07-17-2024 4:48 PM

By JOHANNA NEUMANN


Guest columnist Andy Morris-Friedman: Don’t blame smartphones for any of this
07-17-2024 4:47 PM

By ANDY MORRIS-FRIEDMAN

 Here in the PRM (Peoples Republic of Massachusetts), our state Legislature is about to further expand the Nanny State and ban livestreaming while driving (“Drivers’ video ban bill clears House,” Gazette, July 12). That drives me so mad, I just had to...


Guest columnist Howard Gold: Why Joe Biden should withdraw
07-17-2024 4:47 PM

By HOWARD GOLD

 Joe Biden faces a wrenching decision: to withdraw or to stay on as Democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States. His disastrous debate performance on June 27 reinforced an image that many voters held of the president: that he is too old...


Guest columnist Matteo Pangallo: Climate bill runs roughshod over towns
07-16-2024 5:45 PM

By MATTEO PANGALLO

 It is misleading to assert, as writer Stephen Linsky does in a July 10 letter, that the proposed climate bill “address[es] the siting concerns” of the individuals quoted in the Gazette’s July 6 article [“Energy bill doesn’t address siting fears”]. A...


Ami Bennitt: It's everyone's job to choose affordable artist workspace
07-16-2024 5:43 PM

Artists and advocates started the #ARTSTAYSHERE Coalition to prevent artist displacement across Massachusetts, which had totalled over 2 million square feet of arts/music/cultural space lost. Since then, we’ve fostered collaborative custom solutions...


Florice B. Simeone: Defending women’s health a duty and privilege
07-16-2024 5:43 PM

Wild animals give birth. They go through the “maternal process,” but sometimes complications occur. They may bleed, experience terrible pains, and die — probably in a pile of wet, dirty leaves or a dark, deep hole.Domesticated animals who experience...


Peter Jones: What hath the Supreme Court wrought?
07-16-2024 5:43 PM

Decisions frequently lead to unintended consequences. In ruling that presidents enjoy immunity for their official acts, carrying out “core duties” of the president, what did the Supreme Court just do?Defending the United States from threats to its...


Nat Fortune: Put the blame on me
07-16-2024 5:43 PM

In a recent guest column registering her disagreement with the decision of annual Town Meeting voters on June 18 to request a single ZIP code for Whately, writer Ruth Leahey also wondered why “those in charge” failed to take into account the adverse...


Michael DiPasquale: Main Street design reflects extensive community process
07-16-2024 5:43 PM

As a Northampton resident and certified city planner who attended dozens of public meetings related to the coming Main Street project, I feel the need to respond to David McCutcheon’s July 2 guest column “Common sense needed with Main Street...


Guest columnist Brian Cooper: Fearful of autocracy?We are well protected
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

By BRIAN COOPER

I quite enjoyed the opening paragraph of Jon Huer’s opinion piece predicting that fascism is on our immediate horizon [“On our last Independence Day” Gazette, July 1]. Particularly amusing was his humorous and deliberately hyperbolic description of a...


Shirley Forrest Nomakeo: We need a warrior in Washington
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

There are migrant families sleeping on mats in the international terminal at Logan Airport, and as reported in the Boston Globe, Gov. Maura Healey said that a man accused of a recent migrant crime entered the U.S. through a federal program. We are a...


Charles Schmid Jr.: Really?
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

I saw the article about Tractor Supply [“Tractor Supply is ending DEI, climate efforts,” Gazette, July 4]. They have the right to run their store any way they want. Some agree with what they decided, which is our right. Any group cannot take their...


Gerry Weiss: ‘Targeted’ killing of Hamas leaders?
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

A recent CNN headline read: “At Least 90 Palestinians reported killed in Israeli strike targeting Hamas military chief.” The news article goes on to say that the site bombed, Al-Mawasi, was “designated as a safe zone for Palestinians fleeing the...


Stephen Armstrong: On Trump assassination attempt
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

I find it hard to comment evenly about the Trump assassination attempt, because he has demonstrated repeatedly how little sympathy he has for people other than himself, and because he has been just plain nasty and criminal. But this event brings forth...


Ellen Koteen: Comparative market analysis needed at One Cottage Street
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

Thank you for your coverage of the newly formed Cottage Street Studios Tenant Association and our effort to meet with the management of Riverside Industries in an attempt to work in partnership to find a solution that meets the needs of both sides....


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Democracy, future is in our hands
07-14-2024 10:00 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Every day that I read The New York Times headlines since the June 27 Biden-Trump debate, it feels like Groundhog Day. The lead story repeatedly focuses on the need for Biden to exit the race. He’s too old, too feeble, too lackluster, too stubborn,...

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