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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...

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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...


Rachel Vigderman: Area women ending silence over weaponization of rape
04-16-2024 5:45 PM

I want to commend Sara Weinberger for her column “The appalling silence over the atrocities of October 7th” [Gazette, April 15]. As co-president of the Northampton/Amherst Chapter of Hadassah I would like to report that area residents, along with...


Maggie Baumer: Access to prosthetics and orthotics for physical activity a right, not a privilege
04-16-2024 5:45 PM

As one of the 5.6 million Americans living with limb loss and limb difference (LL/LD), I’m passionate about advocating for access to prosthetic and orthotic devices for physical activity, which are not typically covered by commercial insurance or...


Timmon Wallis: More funding for Ukraine not the answer
04-16-2024 5:45 PM

A recent letter write rwants more funding for Ukraine (”Support Ukraine funding,” Gazette April 5). It is, of course, the Republicans in Congress who are opposed to this. But that doesn’t mean Democrats should support it! The reality is that no amount...


Columnist Razvan Sibii: How to welcome a refugee family into your community
04-15-2024 4:38 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

The loud and shameless politics that surrounds the issue of undocumented immigration makes it easy to miss the moves that the Biden administration has been making in the realm of legal immigration, from rebuilding the refugee program to expediting the...


Guest columnist Jay Fleitman: Can’t leave Hamas intact
04-15-2024 4:37 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN

 The editorial space of this newspaper is replete with demands for a cease-fire in Gaza, and similar demands have been made by the governing bodies of Northampton and Amherst. This really is a “demand” for the Israelis to unilaterally stop their...


Walter Krzeminski: Locals who homered at Fenway for the home team
04-15-2024 4:36 PM

Three players from western Massachusetts hit home runs at Fenway Park playing for the home team. On Aug. 14, 2000, Rico Brogna from Turners Falls homered for the Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay. On April 13, 1990, Billy Jo Robidoux from Ware homered for the Red...


Mary Collins: Let’s create 413 Day
04-15-2024 4:34 PM

St. Louis, Missouri (area code 314) has a yearly event to celebrate their city. Appropriately, it’s called 314 Day.Begun in 2006 to show love and support for the city, the event includes numerous activities and festivities citywide.I daresay we should...

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