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Daniel Cannity: Level-service funding is the cost
06-30-2024 10:41 AM

When it comes to funding our children’s education, it’s never too late. We’ve heard from the mayor that non-recurring funds are available to cover schools and maintain level services in Northampton this year. She chooses not to use them in the name of...


Lisa Cain: Amherst College needs to give to ARPS now
06-30-2024 10:41 AM

In a June 10 article in this paper, Amherst College’s spokesperson outlined that they had many meetings about a potential contribution to the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district. They have decided to wait until a new superintendent is in place...


Mary Hall: Recognition due for local bridge builders
06-30-2024 10:41 AM

The late Paula Green of Leverett and Hands Across the Hills did seed work for the projects outlined in “Is the Partisan Divide Too Big to Be Bridged?” [New York Times, June 16]. Their leadership contributions have been extraordinary, and should be...


Sarah Buttenwieser, Amy Martyn, and Kristen Elde: Care and communication as community values
06-30-2024 10:41 AM

If we believe budgets are moral documents, then we must ensure our values are reflected in how we spend our money. We must ensure Northampton’s budget reflects our city’s greatest needs.We consider caring for one another to be at the top of the list...


Guest columnist Karl Tacheron: Lovely rail trail can’t replace city bike lanes and paths
06-28-2024 2:24 PM

By KARL TACHERON

 My favorite thing in the Pioneer Valley is the Norwottuck Rail Trail. I mainly use it to commute back and forth to UMass, but I also experience it as a restorative environment and sanctuary from dangerous roads.Technically, this trail is a “linear...


John Sinton: Misunderstanding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
06-28-2024 2:22 PM

With reference to David Kotz’s column of June 26 [“Understanding the Ukraine War”], I’m unsure whether the writer is trolling us or is a die-hard Putin apologist, but, readers should understand that he comes from a long line of tsarist and Soviet...


Grant Ingle: UMass chancellor’s task force plan ‘deficient’
06-28-2024 2:22 PM

UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has again demonstrated that he should resign. Reyes made the ill-advised decision to call in the State Police in riot gear to arrest students and faculty members peacefully protesting in support of Palestinians....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...

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