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Linda Butler: Let's not leave climate money on the table
05-30-2024 4:08 PM

A recent EarthTalk column [Gazette, May 15] was headed, “Is the Inflation Reduction Act good for climate?” The answer is a resounding “yes.” This act, passed in 2022 and often called the IRA, is the single largest climate bill in U.S. history. Thanks...


Rebecca Allen-Oleet: Public school cuts cause disproportionate harm
05-30-2024 4:08 PM

The Northampton school district is close to my heart, both as a parent with a kindergartner and an employee of Jackson Street School. As a school psychologist, I witness each day the important work that school staff do to support the neediest of our...


The many faces of food insecurity: Exhibit at Forbes Library shares diverse stories of access issues in our community
05-30-2024 3:02 PM

By JACOB NELSON

History is everyone’s story. Its lessons can inform a bright future for everyone, but only if we truly listen to everyone.For almost a year, members of the Storytelling Circle of the Hampshire County Food Policy Council (HCFPC) have been collecting...


The Beat Goes On: One banjo master salutes another in Amherst, big stage in Deerfield opening for the summer, and more
05-30-2024 2:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Over the past few years, Tony Trischka, considered one of the most influential banjo players around, has been delving deep into the music of another banjo master: the late Earl Scruggs.Scruggs, in the 1940s, developed a unique three-finger style of...


Guest columnist Andrea Egitto: Mayor’s budget still shorting children
05-29-2024 4:28 PM

By ANDREA EGITTO

 The roughly $3 million difference between Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra’s budget proposal for Northampton Public Schools and the Northampton School Committee’s budget proposal seems rather small in the context of a city budget that will be...


Lois Ahrens: Our radical abolitionist ancestors continue to inspire us
05-29-2024 4:26 PM

This Sunday, I was again inspired and invigorated by the now 22nd annual celebration organized by the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee. There are too many people to thank for the years of work raising money, hiring sculptor Thomas Jay Warren who...


Tom Riddell: Google's AI Overviews and other whoppers
05-29-2024 4:26 PM

It’s Memorial Day, and I’m catching up with the news. Reading Saturday’s Gazette, an AP headline attracts my attention. I’m intrigued and bemused: “Cats on moon? Google’s AI tool is producing whoppers.”Google’s recently retooled search engine has a...


Columnist Susan Wozniak: Animals’ family instincts come to fore as loving pets
05-28-2024 4:22 PM

By SUSAN WOZNIAK

My kids were raised with pets. The first pet arrived before our first child was born. We had just bought a house and I wanted a dog, like the dog our neighbors owned.She was named Boots, and was half German shepherd and half collie. Boots was a like a...


Reed Schimmelfing: Third party reality
05-28-2024 4:21 PM

On the May 22 opinion page, the Gazette published a letter expressing distress over the issue of third-party candidates for president [“Party disenfranchisement is not what democracy looks like”]. The writer referred to the May 13 opinion page...


Arnold Levinson: Needs or wants for Northampton?
05-28-2024 4:21 PM

The Gazette has featured articles about a lack of funding for public education. Layoffs of personnel, curriculum changes and special education programs are about to suffer. Yet despite this, the newspaper has also highlighted the “need” to build a...


Guest columnist John P. DiBartolo Jr.: Keep cyclists and pedestrians safe
05-28-2024 7:19 AM

By JOHN P. DIBARTOLO JR.

The recent front-page Gazette story (“Bike-ped crashes become emerging threat,” May 16) highlights the expressed concerns of the Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation relating to protected bike lanes. Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt has been even...


Pam Hyjek: Forests are magical
05-28-2024 7:18 AM

I must remark upon a recent proposal to simply remove the decayed and deteriorating parking lot located at the juncture of Finn and King streets running north from the Foster Farrar Hardware along the east side of King up to the electric company land!...


Northampton superintendent outlines school layoffs on eve of budget hearings this week
05-27-2024 4:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s schools are poised to layoff 17 full-time teachers next school year, the most significant of expected cuts should the City Council approve Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget next month.On the eve of the...


Jan Whitaker and Barton Byg: Normalizing house flipping
05-27-2024 9:42 AM

At a time when so many people are priced out of the housing market, both as renters and buyers, it’s an unpleasant surprise to see an article in the recent Home Magazine called “The Basics of Flipping Homes.” Its headline is ironic, given that the...


Richard Cooper: 50 years supporting Northampton students
05-24-2024 2:37 PM

On May 14, the Northampton High School Auditorium was host to the 50th Scholarship Awards Ceremony, organized by Northampton Dollars for Scholars, a momentous occasion not just for the organization but for our entire community. The event marks a...


Live from Argentina: Acclaimed tango guitarists to play in Northampton for dancers and music lovers alike
05-24-2024 1:27 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you go to a milonga, or social dance, to do tango dancing in Buenos Aires, you’ll likely be doing it to live music.In western Massachusetts? No so much.Now, though, Western Mass Tango, which has hosted tango lessons and dances in the region for...


Sidney Moss: More communities should follow Hadley's Memorial Day example
05-23-2024 7:51 PM

I was really touched to see the article on May 18, 2024 in the Gazette “Banner time for Veterans” about how 82 veterans from Hadley are being personally recognized for their service on Memorial Day with their pictures being displayed. As a World War...


Jamie and Ginny Elkin: Thanks for generosity of Gazette readers
05-23-2024 7:51 PM

We are so grateful to the readers of the Gazette. After the article was published about our efforts to raise money for migrants going through Oaxaca Mexico, we raised an additional $2,500 from the community. Here is the link if anyone wants to learn...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-23-2024 5:05 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of the Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are...


Communities to mark Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies
05-23-2024 4:09 PM

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday originally called Decoration Day that was formalized in 1868 and serves as the nation’s foremost annual day to honor its deceased service men and women.A bevy of parades and commemorative...

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