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Guest columnist Oriel Strong: Think impossible thoughts
04-22-2024 5:03 PM

By ORIEL STRONG

Mariel E. Addis’s April 17 guest column “Under siege from all sides” was heartfelt and thought-provoking. I share Addis’ foundational ethic that we must resist ranking any human being as better or worse than another. Trans and gender-nonconforming...

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Patricia Crosby: Meeting of Friends call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza
04-22-2024 5:03 PM

By PATRICIA CROSBY

 As Friends (Quakers), we respect the humanity of all people, which is why we have sought nonviolent responses to conflict anywhere. Our experience teaches us that violence only creates hatred, fear, hopelessness, and endless new cycles of war and...


Guest columnist Barry Hirsch: Palestinians should turn to Israel for real path to peace
04-22-2024 5:03 PM

By BARRY HIRSCH

Last month, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Mohammad Mustafa to be the new prime minister. Here is the speech I would love to hear him give: It is time that we admit that we made a mistake in 1948 when we decided that Israel...


Columnist Richard Fein: National debt — A threat to our nation’s future
04-21-2024 10:34 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

This is an update on a column I wrote last year about a threat to our future well-being: the national debt. To summarize, unless the debt crisis is brought under control soon the future will be much more difficult for you, your children, grandchildren...


My Turn: The pecking order revolution: Massachusetts’ fight for animal rights
04-21-2024 10:34 AM

By ROB MOIR and MIKE SALGUERO

 Massachusetts residents care about the living conditions of egg-laying hens, veal calves, and pigs. In November 2016, voters passed Ballot Question 3, the Massachusetts Minimum Size Requirements for Farm Animal Containment. With a sweeping majority...


Adam Siegel: For Lease
04-21-2024 10:33 AM

We had a pretty little gift shop in Amherst, briefly. Botanica, open for about six months, attracted a lot of business … on the day it closed. When everything went on sale. Let's do better Amherst.Adam SiegelAmherst


Kate Hamel: We need grassroots democracy
04-21-2024 10:33 AM

We need grassroots democracyThe current emphasis on federal politics over state politics is slowly killing the nation and its people. The Founding Fathers believed in a union of states, each with its own governing body and unified by a shared...


Columnist Andrea Ayvazian: Standing as witness to Armenian martyrs
04-19-2024 4:47 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

My sister Gina had the proclamation framed and she displays it prominently on her wall. It means so much to our family. The Proclamation of the City of Northampton marking Armenian Martyrs’ Day, dated April 24, 2018, is signed by then-Mayor David...


Taylor Guss: Northampton's zoning should align with its climate goals
04-19-2024 1:45 PM

Humanity is currently facing the crisis of a generation with climate change. We exceeded 1.3 degrees Celsius of warming in 2023, just shy of 1.5 degrees, the threshold scientists warn could have catastrophic consequences for the planet. Northampton...


Guest columnist Bill Dwight: How to make sense of Northampton’s school budget dilemma
04-19-2024 11:36 AM

By BILL DWIGHT

 Before 2013, our school budget process was an annual exercise in misery. Then it wasn’t. Now it is again. A review of the history can help get us back on track.Proposition 2½ limits to 2.5% how much Massachusetts cities can annually increase their...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: Climate solutions tough, but can be done
04-19-2024 7:01 AM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

My column last month, “Solving humanity’s shared climate crisis” noted that greenhouse gas emissions anywhere, cause climate change everywhere. I explained the importance of the countries that have gotten rich burning fossil fuels providing funds to...


Bridget Miller: Why walkability is the pathway to a healthy Amherst community
04-18-2024 5:26 PM

By BRIDGET MILLER

Picture a quiet rural town where the charm of winding roads and open spaces should invite pleasant walks and friendly encounters. Yet, instead of a stroll, residents navigate treacherous paths and dodge traffic on roads devoid of sidewalks or safe...


Ben Tobin: Another educational song and dance
04-18-2024 5:25 PM

As a kid growing up in the 1990s and early 2000s in western Massachusetts, watching Malcolm in the Middle — the saga of a fourth-wall busting child prodigy and his family — was a staple of post-school hours. Jumping forward to present times, and my...


David Sloviter: The ghosts of Warsaw don't really speak
04-18-2024 5:25 PM

It’s not really fair to use conversations with ghosts and other dead people to justify one’s personal opinion. Guest columnist Richard Bogartz admitted that he does not believe in ghosts but then uses what he believes he hears them say [“What the...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Under seige from all sides
04-17-2024 5:46 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

 When I first heard John Lennon’s masterpiece “Imagine,” and heard the line “imagine no religion,” I thought, “How awful is that; religion is a good thing!” Probably in junior high at the time, I couldn’t understand the significance of the line. I do...


Columnist Johanna Neumann: Reaping the rewards of rooftop solar
04-17-2024 5:45 PM

By JOHANNA NEUMANN

This week my boys and I are visiting my mom and stepdad for April break. Shortly after we arrived, they proudly gave us a tour of their new PV solar array, which they had installed on the south face of their home earlier this year. My stepdad, Rick,...


Julia Riseman: Join Friends of Northampton Trails
04-17-2024 5:43 PM

It's spring! I can't wait to pump up my bike tires and get back on the rail trails. We are so lucky. Northampton enjoys extensive, beautiful, and accessible trails that knit our community together. I feel so grateful for the Friends of Northampton...


Justine McCarthy and Ed Lamoureux: Political will needed to benefit from new power line technology
04-17-2024 5:43 PM

Political will needed to benefit from new power line technologyRecent news articles about upgrading power lines with new, lighter, higher-capacity wiring have us feeling hopeful. We’d like the Gazette to report on this process, called advanced...


Shelly Berkowitz: More examples of corporate greed
04-17-2024 5:43 PM

Many kudos to Olin Rose-Bardawil for writing a column in which he (sadly) documents many excellent examples showing how corporate financial interests hijack and seriously undermine the very necessary regulatory functions of our government agencies,...


Guest columnist Jim Palermo: Beware the zeitgeist! It’s bad for our kids
04-17-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM PALERMO

 I ran into a friend who asked why I had not for a long while submitted columns to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. I responded that I had not written because I was overwhelmed by the myriad issues that threaten out great country; that gnaw at the very...


Toni Doherty: 2020s essential workers: Oxymoron?
04-16-2024 5:45 PM

As a school employee, I’ve hesitated to write, expecting judgment for being self-serving. Here’s what kicked me into gear: Jim Bridgman’s March 5 “A Look Back,” 50 years ago: “Salaries at the University of Massachusetts continued to increase at a...

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