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Holidays a time to help less fortunate children

Friday, November 28, 2014

As we celebrate this holiday season, it is a time also to remember people who are less fortunate. There are many in the Valley who — because of illness, loss of a job, family circumstances — face a cheerless season without the generosity of others. Opportunities abound to offer that cheer, especially for the children. For the 82nd year, the Daily Hampshire Gazette is sponsoring the Sidney F. Smith Toy …

Cindy Beal & Lynne Marie Wanamaker: It’s never too late to report sexual assault

Friday, November 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — We were appalled to see a misinformed opinion piece by Christine Flowers in the Nov. 21 Gazette. Christine Flowers’ guest essay — “Cosby accusers waited too long” — stands as a worst-case example of what not to say when someone takes the courageous step of disclosing a violation. Experts in sexual violence, trauma and recovery know that it is never too …

Editorial: Food bank rethinks Thanksgiving table — to strengthen offerings all days of the year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In church basements around the Valley, those without enough means are enjoying traditional Thanksgiving meals today thanks to community volunteers and donations that make such feasts possible. Meanwhile, at dining tables around the Valley, other families who struggle to make ends meet may have found it more difficult than usual to assemble ingredients considered necessary for a Thanksgiving table. That’s in part because …

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Don Robinson: The United States of impasse

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — It’s Thanksgiving, time to remember our manifold blessings, both personal and communal. We are grateful to occupy such a lovely place in God’s abundant creation, so bountiful, so forgiving. We are thankful for faith and hope, ever renewing, that one day we will be able to …

Rev. Peter Ives: There’s no place like ... Earth — A Thanksgiving reflection

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Years ago William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, described the whole of Earth as God’s great farm. The earth is the Lord’s, he said. “All the resources of the earth: land, water, minerals, wood, and produce and from this Farm, and the owner is God. We have …

Editorial: Another school struggles to overcome rape culture

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Must progress against rape on campus be so slow? As the White House pushes a sexual assault awareness campaign, does every college and university in the country have to go through its own spastic awakening? Events in Virginia …

Editoral: Sandy Hook gunman’s ills were known but unaddressed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Down in Newtown, Connecticut — ground zero for the second-worst school shooting in American history — the school superintendent gathered staff Monday to review a long-awaited report on how it was that a ticking time bomb named Adam Lanza was allowed to go off inside the Sandy Hook …

Rutherford H. Platt: Loss of Northampton Business Improvement District will cost city and residents

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The demise of Northampton’s downtown Business Improvement District (BID) due to a lawsuit by dissident property owners is astounding and inexplicable. Why would the plaintiffs incur legal fees presumably far exceeding the cost of BID assessments to which they object? Why did the city not “verify” …

Don Schneier: Plenty of problems with Northampton BID

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: If, as the Gazette describes it in its Nov. 17 editorial, the BID was operating under a “legal cloud,” it was one of their own making, a product of overreach. But the problems were more than legal. They were moral: imposing an ethos of commercialism …

Anne Perkins: Applauding whistle-blowing waitresses in Hadley

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to applaud the waitresses who had the courage to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner. Sadly, whistle-blowers are rarely honored in our society. Although I personally do not know Marie Billiel, Jaime Young or any …

Meghan Sharick: Amherst adults not showing proper respect at meeting

Monday, November 24, 2014

To the editor: Respect: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. Respect has been on the list of classroom expectations since kindergarten; respect is demanded of us from a very young age and should continue to be …

Mary Russo: It’s a question of social justice

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: Given the negative emotions associated with abortion in the media (guilt, anger, shame, fear, etc.) it was heartening to read Emma Ayres’ clear and brave account of her own experience in guest column in the Gazette Nov. 15. It meant that she was free to …

Richard Suchocki: Praises Cinemark, Applebees for honoring veterans

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to give kudos to Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and Applebees for the way they honored veterans on Veterans Day. Veterans were able to see the movie “Fury” with Brad Pitt for free and Applebees, decorated with red, white and blue balloons and …