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Guest columnist Raymond DiDonato: Eastern Mass. is coming for our forests, fields and farmlands

06-28-2024 1:04 PM

By RAYMOND DIDONATO

 Dana. Enfield. Greenwich. Prescott. To the casual observer visiting the trails of the Quabbin Reservoir from eastern Massachusetts during leaf peeping season, these names represent quaint roads for walking in the woods. But to most people living in...


Guest columnist Julie Brand Asbornsen: A history of cutting away at city schools

06-27-2024 5:51 PM

By JULIE BRAND ASBORNSEN

 I’m writing as a 27-year resident of Northampton, a former writer for educational publishers and high school math teacher, the co-chair of the Leeds School Council from 2009 to 2011, and the parent of two kids, ages 20 and 22, who grew up in our...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Why I call myself female

06-27-2024 5:50 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

 How can I, identified as male at birth, say I am female? It is a good question and all I can say is it is the way I see myself, but it is not some made-up feeling, nor is it because I couldn’t hack it in the male world.From what I have read on gender...


Letter: Cooley Dickinson Hospital MNA Nurses Support Level-Funded School Budget

06-27-2024 5:46 PM

As frontline health care workers, the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Massachusetts Nurses’ Association understands the critical importance of investing in our community’s well-being. That’s why the CDH MNA Executive Committee is calling upon the...


Norman Spencer: Identify Poison Ivy

06-27-2024 5:46 PM

The Gazette’s June 26 edition has a useful Associated Press article about recognizing and removing poison ivy plants. I offer some helpful detail for identifying the plant. Hold your hands forward, palms up. Separate your thumbs from the other...


Paul Yandoli: Crisis at Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton

06-27-2024 5:46 PM

I am writing to share my deep concerns over the current situation at One Cottage Street, and the steep rent increases that the artists are suddenly facing there. What is particularly puzzling is the landlord's (Riverside Industries) apparent refusal...


Roger James Jourdain: Trash left on roadside?

06-27-2024 5:46 PM

I was perturbed when I found the 2024-25 pricing for a Northampton Transfer Station permits is $75 for the first one which is a 66% increase over the $45 cost of a permit in 2023-24 and $75 for the second one which is a 75% increase over the $40 cost...


Columnist Carrie N. Baker: Project 2025: Republicans’ anti-democratic agenda for America

06-26-2024 5:50 PM

By CARRIE N. BAKER

To know what’s coming if Donald Trump wins the fall election, check out Project 2025, the extreme right’s policy agenda and plan of action for the next Republican president. The Heritage Foundation produced Project 2025 with support from a coalition...


George Ryan: Why support effort to rebid Jones expansion?

06-26-2024 5:49 PM

By GEORGE RYAN

After over an hour of intense discussion, the Amherst Town Council voted 4-8-1 on June 17 to reject Councilor Cathy Schoen’s motion to urge the town manager to not sign a contract extension with the Jones Library architects. This would have been in...


Megan Zinn: Don’t mortgage Northampton’s future with short-term thinking

06-26-2024 5:48 PM

The prevailing narrative in discussions of Northampton’s budget is that there is $2 million of free cash that the city could spend to resolve the current school budget crisis. This is untrue. “Free cash” is non-guaranteed funds that remain at the end...


Letter: Legislature should pass medical aid in dying

06-26-2024 5:48 PM

I am seconding Jenny Hansell’s letter in support of medical aid in dying [”Choosing medical aid in dying,” Gazette, June 23]. The description of her friend’s illness and pursuit of medical assistance is heartbreaking. He lived in Colorado and, while...


Guest columnist Daniel Gilbert: Ranked-choice voting opens the door for third-party candidates

06-26-2024 6:01 AM

I appreciate the sentiment in Olin Rose-Bardawil’s recent column about our unfortunate two-party political system [”Americans want more than two choices,” Gazette, June 14].Mr. Rose-Bardawil speculates that many readers will dismiss him as...


Guest columnist David M Kotz: Understanding the Ukraine war

06-25-2024 7:13 PM

By DAVID M. KOTZ

 Most of the reporting about the Ukraine war in the American mass media paints Russia as the aggressor and Ukraine as the victim. The war is characterized as one between democracy and dictatorship, between rule of law and rule by the strongest.That is...


Betty Ussach-Schwartz: The movement towards a theocracy

06-25-2024 6:44 PM

The pundits, talking heads and historians who see a movement toward a theocracy and who are proclaiming that Trump and his minions want to impose an autocratic regime upon the United States are misinterpreting the signals. Banning books, abortions...


David Ball: About ‘river to the sea’

06-25-2024 6:44 PM

Guest columnist Joseph Levine is absolutely right to say that “With the hyperbolic rhetoric emanating from their elders and mentors about the prevalence of antisemitic hate at the protests, it’s not surprising that some Jewish students believe it and...


Sidney Moss: Americans need to hold fast to our democratic values

06-25-2024 6:44 PM

I have to agree with many of the points raised in Karen Gardner’s column “Convicted felon for hire,” [Gazette, June 12]. Donald Trump has certainly given much evidence that his character and record make him unfit to be the president of the United...


Rick Hart: New supportive housing

06-25-2024 6:44 PM

We at Hampshire Support Alliance (formerly Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals) were happy to see the Gazette’s extensive reporting on Independent Housing Solutions, housing people who don’t always fit into traditional housing options....


Jan Norris: Democratic Party not so hot

06-25-2024 6:44 PM

So, as usual, the Gazette has printed several opinion pieces critical of the Republican Party while praising the outstanding job Joe Biden has done over the last four years, and I understand the Gazette rarely prints opinions that are critical of...


Columnist Susan Wozniak: Enlightenment might have passed Louisiana by

06-24-2024 4:45 PM

By SUSAN WOZNIAK

The 19th day of June saw Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry sign into a law a requirement that the Ten Commandments be displayed in all public schools. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. Landry is a practicing Catholic.I was...


Guest columnist Gene Stamell: The wise ask why

06-24-2024 4:44 PM

By GENE STAMELL

 It is a ludicrous endeavor to attempt to fit all human beings into two distinct categories. But if my life depended upon my doing so (or if I were to refuse to do so at the risk of being condemned to sit in a cinema, watching “The Piano” over and...


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