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Columnist Richard Fein: Lebanon, Yemen — Forgotten people
02-25-2024 6:01 PM


This column is about the hardships facing people in Lebanon and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I might have chosen any number of other countries to write about, so why these two? My concern is that the geopolitical issues relating to them are much...

John and Lisa Rhoades: Fleitman and Stuart for Republican State Committee
02-22-2024 5:09 PM

We are writing in support of Jay Fleitman, candidate for reelection to the Republican state committeeman seat and Mary L. Stuart for the Republican state committeewoman seat.Jay and Mary Lou have been ardent supporters and defenders of the Republican...

Don Siegel: Movement Voter Project doing impressive work
02-22-2024 5:09 PM

I wish to thank columnist Sara Weinberger for recommending the Movement Voter Project to those of us who are frustrated, but wish to do something to defeat Donald Trump and his MAGA cohorts in November.Given that the outcome for most states, such as...

New year, new look: Bombyx Center adds more varied arts programming to its lineup while making infrastructure improvements
02-22-2024 1:30 PM


What a difference a year makes.Late last May, the Northampton Fire Department abruptly shut down virtually all music performances at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence, citing inadequate fire prevention measures at the venue.The move...

Mac Everett: Refreshing development
02-20-2024 5:21 PM

How refreshing to see the design of Gaurang Patel’s infill project in downtown Florence. In both size and appearance, it looks like it already belongs there. And instead of first tearing down a reusable building, he will build it on a vacant lot. Best...

Peter Jones: Gratitude
02-19-2024 1:54 PM

Last week, I drove to a meeting in Greenfield and stopped on the way for a sandwich at the Subway in Deerfield. When I received my order and tendered my credit card, the cashier told me my bill had been paid by the person in front of me. I was...

Elaine Kersten: Housing a better option for King Street site
02-18-2024 1:40 PM

I agree with guest columnist Alex Kahn’s questions regarding the huge lot next to Foster Farrar (“King Street: Deciding the future of the gateway to Northampton,” Gazette, Feb. 16). Available, affordable and convenient housing has long been a goal for...

Christina White: Thankfurl for soft light for the future
02-16-2024 2:36 PM

On Feb. 1, the City Council unanimously adopted an amendment to the zoning ordinance to strengthen protection for the night sky. I would like to thank them and Carolyn Misch, director of Planning and Sustainability, for their thoughtful listening and...

Multistory building coming to downtown Florence
02-15-2024 1:46 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Nearly a decade after he developed a large office building at a prominent intersection at the corner of Main and Maple streets in downtown Florence, business owner Gaurang Patel is moving ahead with plans for a second mixed-use structure...

Paul Foster-Moore: Why are there so few child therapists?
02-14-2024 9:08 PM

I truly appreciated Maddie Fabian’s report describing the need to support and enhance child therapy services locally (and nationally) [“Young kids aren’t immune,” Gazette, Feb. 9]. I would like to see a follow up with an exploration of why the...

Columnist John Sheirer: A power in hands that work
02-11-2024 2:48 PM


Last summer, I asked my boss about taking some time off to address a medical issue. “As the human body ages,” I said, “strange things happen.” We laughed.“You must have lots of sick time saved up after working more than 30 years,” he said. I showed...

Sidney Moss: Need to abolish capital punishment in the U.S.
02-09-2024 8:56 PM

Bill Newman makes compelling points in his recent column “The illusion of kinder, gentler executions” [Gazette, Feb. 3]. When he describes the various ways that executions are conducted as purportedly legitimate ways of killing people, ranging from...

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


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...

Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Terrified about what Trump win would mean
02-08-2024 9:17 PM


It was 2016, the last year of the Obama administration. It was an election year with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the presidential ballot. I don’t have to remind you who won.Most of us, at least here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, had...

Glenn Siegel: Thanks for the good writing by columnists
02-08-2024 9:16 PM

A quick note of thanks to guest columnist Doug Selwyn for “High-stakes testing regime the opposite of educating kids” [Gazette, Feb. 5], and to sports columnist Jim Johnson for “One football game, 125 commercials” [Gazette, Feb. 6]. Their pieces —...

Lawrence Pareles: Ability to regulate effectively hangs in the balance 
02-06-2024 4:01 PM

I’m concerned about a new potential threat to our government because the right-wing Supreme Court is considering and might overturn the 1984 “Chevron deference” doctrine. This technical principle lets federal agencies interpret laws passed by...

Peter Lincoln: Teachers, not trophy projects
02-01-2024 4:50 PM

Instead of spending millions on bike lanes that maybe 1% of the population will use, how about hiring a few more teachers?Peter LincolnFlorence

Paul Garvey: Code of conduct needed for kids sports fans 
02-01-2024 4:50 PM

Gazette sports writer Garrett Cote did a great job relating to a serious problem with kids sports [“Officials face fan criticism,” Gazette, Jan. 25]. I think the schools should consider a “code of conduct” for everyone at school games. A suggestion: A...

Guest columnist Michael Miller: Abortion bans can’t stand up to scrutiny
01-30-2024 4:24 PM


The regulation of individual women’s abortion rights has long been debated in the U.S. In the 19th century, Matilda Joslyn Gage said, “Enforced motherhood is a crime against the body of the mother and the soul of the child,” and “To say when and how...

David Bliss: Online headlines
01-26-2024 3:42 PM

Bravo to the Gazette for updating your morning email of top stories in the paper. It is so refreshing to see new stories each morning, rather than the same ones being repeated for days on end. A job well done!David BlissFlorence

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