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Ed Gregory: A very special, and sluggish, delivery

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You’ve heard the phrase “snail mail.” Well, believe it! I recently purchased a relatively expensive book online from Northampton and arranged for delivery to my home in Greenfield. Big deal, right? You bet it is! I offer the following authentic tracking data of the item from the Florence post office. Before reading the account, keep in mind that Florence is only 20.7 miles from Greenfield; about 25 minutes …

Michael Goldman: A cross-country ski destination of the heart

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FLORENCE — I can understand the practicality of cross-country skiing. I mean, if the neighboring village were running low on a crucial medicine, or if the tribe were running out of meat and the nearest caribou herd were five miles away, I would be the first to don my skis. But to flail across an icy lake, parts of my body soaked in …

Editorial: Amherst arrestee’s cellphone video offers chilling view of police conduct

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before Thomas C. Donovan’s cellphone video went dead March 8, it captured an alarming sequence of events: Donovan backing up. Police officers coming toward him. Donovan asserting his right to record police conduct. An officer knocking the phone from his hand. Another officer stomping on it. In a civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, the University of Massachusetts …

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Malcolm X as relevant now as at his death 50 years ago

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was brutally murdered in New York City. With his assassination, the United States missed a chance to fully address some of the racial issues that persist to this day. …

Editorial: Those who opt out of measles vaccine take unnecessary risks for all

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Receiving confusing, misleading, or outright untrue information from the government — and corporate America — over the years has left many people cynical. In the health field in particular, public trust has been shattered time and again by misjudgment. Consider the act of prescribing the devastatingly dangerous Thalidomide …

Andrew Larkin: Riddles of a frozen Connecticut River

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last fall I wrote on this page that the Connecticut River might freeze this winter because of the closing of the nuclear reactor in Vernon, Vermont, and the loss of its thermal pollution of the river. …

Justina Gregory: Don’t call these library books “unpopular”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: I read with interest Dave Eisenstadter’s article in last weekend’s Gazette reporting that the Five College Consortium plans to purchase land in Hadley to build a library annex. I write to address some of the article’s implications. It’s misleading to characterize the volumes to be …

Michael DiPasquale: Says Northampton PTO should not be against charter schools

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: A few years ago, shortly after our children started their first year at Northampton High School, the Parent Teacher Organization sponsored a showing of “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,” a documentary that is highly critical of charter schools. The fact that the PTO …

Joseph Sharp: City does not do enough to get people to shovel their sidewalks

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To the editor: As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable.” New Englanders have long had (apparently divergent) views regarding snow and the issue of removing snow from public ways. This divergence dates to Emerson’s day …

Editorial: Valley provides crux leadership in green building projects

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Since the green building movement took off in the United States in the past two decades, Massachusetts has become a leading state in embracing the practice of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient construction. And the Pioneer Valley demonstrates the success of green building in an array of residential, commercial and …

Tracey Belliveau: My father’s hospice care at Northampton VA came with compassion — and cats

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “I’ve got bad news.” This was the beginning of a phone conversation with my 91-year-old father, Robert L. Belliveau, from his bed in Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Doctors would not be able to operate on his failing …

Sarah Aasheim: Documentary ‘The Crash Reel’ an inspiration for local family

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I’d like to express my thanks to Whole Children of Hadley for its Feb. 8 screening of “The Crash Reel.” This documentary tells the comeback story of Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. …

Lynne Rudder Baker: Appalled by UMass Amherst policy to bar Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To the editor: I am appalled by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new and gratuitous policy of barring Iranian students from certain fields of study, as told in a Feb. 13 Boston Globe article headlined, “UMass Amherst Stops Admitting Iranians to Some Graduate Programs.” Here are some salient …