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Guest columnist Bob Couch: Where is the wisdom? Much ignorance in left’s causes
02-26-2024 6:15 PM

By BOB COUCH

Several years ago while I was in traffic, I noticed the car in front of me had a bumper sticker that read, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” As I recall that incident, it brings to mind the many present-day examples of ignorance...

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Easthampton to use $100K to assess Town Lodging House site for affordable housing; neighbors upset with plans
02-27-2024 3:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

EASTHAMPTON — A city-owned building used to house homeless, transient and low-income individuals for more than 130 years, vacant and boarded up since April 2022, could be redeveloped and expanded into 30 to 35 affordable apartments by Valley Community...


Valley Bounty: Empowering our local food system: River Valley Co-op invests in regional farms and the interests of community
02-23-2024 2:22 PM

By JACOB NELSON

In just 15 years, River Valley Co-op has grown into an indispensable part of the local food economy. For local farms, food businesses and community members who want easy access to local food, their continued growth is something to celebrate.“River...


A league of their own: Division Q, a new basketball league created by and for queer players, hopes to grow after successful first season
02-22-2024 1:52 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Every Sunday morning from November to early February, dozens of people rolled up to Easthampton Mountain View school to play basketball.Games started at 10 a.m., but players always showed up early to shoot around and warm up (some sleepier than...


Stephanie Schamess: Responding to a human tragedy
02-21-2024 9:06 PM

The Feb. 16 Northampton demonstration for Gaza narrowly defined the situation there as an “Israel=aggressor/Palestinians=victims” war. This oversimplifies a complex conflict born of decades of adversarial relationships, corrupt leadership and trauma...


Walter Krzeminski: Civilian gun ban only solution
02-19-2024 1:54 PM

There are millions in the United States and many who enter on a regular basis who are, in effect, legal bad guys/those who have committed felonies in there lifetimes but were never caught. These people are considered clean non felons by our government...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: A movement that’s all local ground game
02-18-2024 1:42 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

As the U.S. moves closer to November, many of us are engulfed in dread, pessimism, and panic. With each new rally, an emboldened Donald Trump shamelessly characterizes himself as a dictator, an enemy of our allies, and a lover of fascist leaders,...


Kathleen Mortimer: Frustrating voting experience 
02-18-2024 1:40 PM

I recently received my mail in voting card from the city of Easthampton. I had the option of voting for 35 people, of whom I knew nothing. I called the city office and left a message requesting information. I received no answer, I looked on line for a...


Ann Darling: Dangers of nuclear power still in our midst
02-15-2024 7:28 PM

I am grateful to Sam Lovejoy for his 1974 weather-tower-toppling civil disobedience that brought the risks of nuclear power into public awareness in western Massachusetts, and I appreciate the front-page placement of your article about it [“Play it...


Alexis Ali: Why mar view from rail trail with a storage facility?
02-12-2024 5:33 PM

After reading guest op-eds about the new storage facility in Hadley [“Hadley should house people, not junk” Gazette, Feb. 2, and “They paved paradise and put up a storage facility” Gazette, Jan. 30], I too wanted to voice my annoyance and...


Learning to fly: Smith Voc student takes to the skies after obtaining pilot’s license 
02-12-2024 9:04 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Before she learned how to drive, Brook Wolcott of Easthampton learned how to fly.The 17-year-old junior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School first became interested in aviation at age 14, when she attended a glider camp at the Northampton...


Digging out from deluge: Municipal clerks scramble amid flood of ballot requests, paperwork
02-09-2024 8:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A temporary worker in the Holyoke city clerk’s office brought on to deal with the influx of mail-in ballot requests for the presidential primaries is ensuring that 2,700 or so ballots are already in the hands of those who want to cast their votes...


Best Bites: Where to eat dinner right now: The top 35 Valley spots for dinner and what you should order
02-09-2024 12:36 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

If I were writing the Pioneer Valley chapter of a travel guide to New England, this would be its section for “dinner with table service.” I list restaurants first that I feel are most essential to the local dining scene, the ones we can’t live...


Columnist Tolley Jones: Black women rising
02-07-2024 7:07 PM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

The other day I was in my office working on a grant report with my door closed, when suddenly loud and joyous laughter exploded in the hallway. My fellow brown female coworkers were laughing the way brown women laugh when they are surrounded by other...


Patrick T. Ott: Legislation declaring adults as juveniles is juvenile
02-07-2024 7:05 PM

This bill in the Massachusetts Senate awaiting passage, declaring people 18-20 years old are juveniles, in essence is juvenile. The Democrats are grasping at straws, trying to manipulate our youth.From one extreme to the next. Lowering the voting age...


‘Nothing will be the same’: A month after a car crash took her life, Easthampton’s Paula Garcia and her family-first message cherished
02-07-2024 4:52 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

EASTHAMPTON — Ryan Pickard recalls the care and passion in Paula Garcia’s detailed emails.Pickard, a former fourth grade teacher at the now-closed Maple Street School, collaborated with Garcia on an anti-idling campaign in 2019. But truth be told, she...


State Sen. Velis alarmed over pharmacies limiting Narcan access
02-01-2024 11:26 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

WESTFIELD — State law requires the overdose prevention drug naloxone — known by its brand name, Narcan — to be always be available over the counter, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed it to be sold directly to consumers since last...


A city ready for a wine shop: Longtime friends open Tip Top in Easthampton
01-31-2024 9:19 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — A few years back, longtime friends Miranda Brown and Lauren Clark realized that the city didn’t have its own quality wine store.“It was during the pandemic, and everybody was going and buying wine. … We were just like, ‘Why do we have to...


Literacy Project spreads its wings with new Easthampton location
01-29-2024 3:33 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON – After dropping out of high school, Easthampton resident Peter Morris, now 32 years old, went on to work for years at the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s distribution center, then Friendly’s for a couple of years, before going on disability to...


State OKs speed limit drop on Route 10 in Easthampton
01-29-2024 9:33 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON – Addressing road safety concerns, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has approved speed limit reductions on a stretch of Route 10.The approved speed limit adjustments include a reduction from 35 to 30 mph from West Street to...


Easthampton council president Homar Gomez launches bid for state representative
01-25-2024 2:24 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Seven years after entering the political spotlight as a member of the Easthampton City Council, Homar Gomez on Thursday officially launched a bid for state representative for the 2nd Hampshire District.“My family, the community, my...

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