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Rabbi Justin David: The holy refuge of Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When people think of Yom Kippur, which beings Friday evening, phrases like “Most important Jewish holiday,” “Holiest day in the Jewish year” and “Day of Atonement” come to mind. The word “Kippur” actually refers to the literal practice of “atonement.” But actually, the rabbis who lived 2,000 years ago and created the form of Judaism we now practice defined Yom Kippur less by what it is, and more …

Amherst must confront lack of downtown parking

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amherst is facing a serious parking squeeze downtown and town officials must take a hard look at what the construction of two projects with 114 housing units — but few parking spaces — in the northern end of the town center will mean. A short distance up East Pleasant Street another 75-unit student housing building is going up, also with scant parking provided, …

Larry Parnass: Why the Gazette published a series on the planned death of Lee Hawkins

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Editors in the Gazette’s newsroom usually counsel reporters to “write tight” and respect readers’ time. Occasionally stories go long, though, and Laurie Loisel’s series last week about Lee Hawkins did. That brought some questions and complaints from readers. One reader told me she considered the amount of space dedicated to the …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Editorial: Electricity costs pinch New England, but relief may be on horizon

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A recent drop in gasoline prices helps only a little to buffer news that electricity costs will rise sharply this winter, making it more expensive to keep lights on in the darkest season and delivering a blow to …

John Paradis: 5 steps that help veterans make transition to civilian life

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The first thing I wanted to do when I returned from a deployment was hug my spouse and kids. It’s a scene I replayed in my mind every day I was away. Then I just wanted to sleep. …

Annie Turner: Will NFL’s baby steps against off-field violence gain traction?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I had a pastor friend a number of years back who recounted how members of his congregation would speak of the death of an elderly person as “a blessing.” The pastor would then say of various life events, …

Marty Nathan: One climate marcher’s dream: an Environmental Marshall Plan

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The author wrote this essay on the bus returning to Northampton from the People’s Climate March in New York City Sept. 21: The sun is setting, my feet hurt and my back is aching. I am …

Sarah Metcalf: Ed Cotton would have been marching for the trees

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the many burdens laid on us by the threats of climate change is a sense of helplessness. How cheering and energizing, then, it was to march on Sept. 21 with roughly 400,000 people who not only demand action, but are ready to take it …

Crazy theories abound about Islamic State in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

While much of the world grows increasingly concerned about the threat posed by the Islamic State, a surprisingly large number of people in the Muslim world are convinced we are all being deceived. With great confidence, they claim that ISIS, as the group is also known, is not …

Editorial: Ken Burns again tells America its history

Monday, September 29, 2014

In a black and white photo that appeared in the Gazette on May 19, 1981, a group of young independent filmmakers — Larry Hott, Buddy Squires, Amy Stechler, Ken Burns and Roger Sherman — are shown in their …

In Close Proximity: Car ownership — but who owns whom, exactly?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The contemporary world is one of restless mobilities, radically morphing physical landscapes, baroque technologies, new forms of governance and subjectivity, and onerous inequalities. The automobile provides vivid insight into all five phenomena as well as into their relationship. — “The U.S. Car Colossus and the Production of Inequality,” …

Stephanie Gelfan: College students should pay for ambulance, fire services

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: A simple first step to addressing the problem of Amherst town ambulance and fire services being overburdened by intoxicated students would be to directly and fully charge any student who has gotten an ambulance ride to the hospital due to excessive drinking or drugging, and …

John Silvestro: Praises WMECO for response to downed power lines

Monday, September 29, 2014

To the editor: Close to midnight on Saturday I was quite startled when I heard a thunderous thud outside my home, followed by a loss of electric power. I ran to my window in Hadley and saw the power lines down on my street along with the utility …