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Bill Newman: Difficult vital decisions at life’s end

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My mother was seated comfortably in a favorite chair by her bedroom window that overlooked the snow-dusted fields and stands of evergreens behind the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. The gentle late afternoon light of that warm-for-winter day filled the room. Her oncologist was seated on the hassock beside her — a woman doctor who was accomplished, kind, direct, …

Editorial: Spate of break-ins may shift security stance in Amherst

Saturday, August 1, 2015

While the pace of life in Amherst slows considerably each summer, recent break-ins have people on edge — and rethinking their need to protect themselves and their property. So far, the amount of cash and belongings taken has been relatively small. What’s unnerving is the number of break-ins. Over one weekend in mid-July, 10 businesses or residences were broken into on Main and …

Thomas Weiner: Defend Planned Parenthood from baseless accusations

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: It is essential that women have access to the services of Planned Parenthood. Trying to dismantle this organization is a way to deny women basic rights. It must not be allowed to happen through trickery and deceit. Thomas Weiner Northampton …

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Anne Vaillant: Birth control, pregnancy risks more complicated than letter-writer suggests

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to a July 27 letter (“Death highlights risk of birth control side effects”) that includes this: “Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young woman or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is.” In fact, …

Hill Boss: ‘Delightful’ students outnumber those who are bigoted

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: The Carolyn Gardner story has gone far enough. The outrageous $180,000 settlement that Gardner will receive from the taxpayers of the Amherst-Pelham school district should have put the issue to bed, but it didn’t. Now the self-appointed and self-serving “Justice for Carolyn” committee continues to …

Editorial: Sensible Boston mayor makes right call on 2024 Olympics bid

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor …

Jason Johnson: The ills that Lake Warner suffers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HADLEY — Lake Warner is approximately a quarter mile from the Connecticut River in Hadley. It is a 68-acre, freshwater lake and wetland ecosystem undergoing “eutrophication.” Eutrophication describes intensifying enrichment of an aquatic ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically containing nitrogen or phosphorus or both. It is measured using …

Michael Sherry: Labeling Louisiana gunman ‘mentally ill’ further stigmatizes those who really are

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I keep reading in newspapers that the armed killer in the Louisiana movie theater suffered from a mental illness. Nothing in what I read indicated that he suffered from a mental illness. He is depicted as angry, hateful, provocative, attention-seeking, nasty and mean. In simple, …

Alan Peterfreund: Better timing of Route 9 traffic lights would aid vehicle flow

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: The regularity of significant traffic delays associated with the intersection of Route 9, I-91 and Damon Road in Northampton could be addressed by having the traffic light better respond to the predictable time of day traffic patterns. In the morning, traffic is heading towards Amherst. …

John P. Spineti: Let’s trim trees and end tunnel vision on I-91

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I frequently travel I-91 between Springfield and Northampton. The brush and trees along the highway have grown to such a height and thickness that the view from the highway is obscured. This not only prevents viewing the beautiful countryside but also has covered roadside signs, …

Bruce Barry: Nothing sinister about CD case cleaning tools

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: Whatever becomes the resolution on the radio station WMUA situation with former host Max Shea, please don’t let it impinge on Shea’s reputation that he kept a kit of razors and lighter fluid. Those of us who collect music like to remove sales stickers from …

Hollie Kalkstein: A CSO employee’s point of view on contract dispute

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: Last Thursday morning, as I got ready to participate on the picket line, I heard NEPR coverage of the work stoppage at Clinical & Support Options (CSO). I was struck by CEO Karin Jeffers’ reasonableness, caring and her statement of valuing the work we do. …

Editorial: Anti-terrorism task force in region helps sort rumor from reality

Monday, July 27, 2015

The arrest of a 23-year-old Berkshire County man in a suspected terror plot suggests that seeds of hatred and violence can fall anywhere. Keeping them from taking root is the mission of a squad of police officials in …