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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 two years ago, the network of anti-hunger …

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 break through our stale habits and old ways and find the energy, together, to imagine …

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 nothing that we can call our own. We are Tenants only,” Penn said. In the …

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Clare Higgins: Thankful for a simple thing: clean water

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Did you know that last Wednesday was World Toilet Day? Yes, there is such a day and it’s actually serious business. About 35 percent of the people on our planet have no toilets or latrines. That’s 2.5 billion people! And 1.8 billion people drink water contaminated …

Editorial: President Obama breaks logjam on immigration reform

Friday, November 21, 2014

President Obama made good Thursday not only on his pledge to address the nation’s broken immigration system but on this country’s duty to show compassion for those whose dreams brought them here. That is America’s story, after all. …

Editorial: Open minds key to Amherst development

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In town-gown relations, as in real estate, three factors matter most: location, location and — you guessed it — location. Nowhere is that more evident than in the latest arguments over proposals to bring University of Massachusetts students and year-round Amherst residents out of their separate spheres and …

Christine M. Flowers: Cosby accusers should have spoken up sooner

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I know that the nuns who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I’ve come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it’s always good to reach out to the suffering, there are times …

James McDonald: Thanks Dan Yacuzzo for his work on city’s behalf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I attended the memorial service for Dan Yacuzzo at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. What an affirmation of his life it was. I came away with an awareness of how lucky this city has been to have a man like Dan working on its behalf. Northampton …

Amy Cohen: Route 9 Diner owner should have money go to nonprofits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: I have been following the coverage of sexual harassment at the Route 9 Diner in Hadley and while I certainly agree that the current employees do not deserve to have their jobs jeopardized, people like myself, a former patron, need to see the owner, who …

Robin Dizard: Help support area Abortion Rights Fund

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: The courageous and thoughtful Nov. 15 guest column by Emma Ayres about abortion brings out vital facts: women are entitled, by law, to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term, and decide to abort when they cannot in good conscience become mothers. Ayres calls …

Gayle Pemberton: After BID ruling Northampton, thoughts of a famous film

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: Re: BID ruling: Welcome to Pottersville. Gayle Pemberton Easthampton …

Alison Lucey: Wants to know why flags were removed from cemetery

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To the editor: On Nov. 15, I visited my husband’s grave at the Village Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg. Much to my astonishment and disappointment, the American flag and Elks Club memorial flag were both missing from his grave. I then realized that all the American flags throughout the …

William Brezinski: Peace Corps volunteers are front line of ‘American exceptionalism’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

To the editor: This time of year, with Veterans Day, we recognize individuals and groups who have sacrificed personally and emotionally to build the United States. Our military is assigned overseas, lives in hostile environments and are placed in the middle of political unrest. Many give their lives …