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Sara Weinberger: Really, America? Too afraid to do the right thing?

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember as a child on Yom Kippur watching those in my synagogue beating their chests with clenched fists as they chanted an alphabetized list of transgressions, ranging from gluttony to gossip. When I became too cool to sit next to my parents, my friends and I stood in the back of the sanctuary, mockingly punching each others’ chests, chuckling as we recited this alphabet of evil deeds. What I remember most was the transgression corresponding to the letter “x.” Each year, when we made it down to “x,” we would point to the word that sent us into “preadolescent” giggles — “xenophobia.” Each year we wondered what the meaning of this strange …

Michael Dover: My mother, the refugee — and lessons from her life

Friday, November 27, 2015

LEVERETT — “Frances, do you remember the time we were all lined up against a wall to be shot?” I was in my early 20s and at an afternoon family gathering. As we sat on the patio chatting, my aunt – my mother’s older sister – asked my mother this question. I’d known …

Editorial: Film ‘Spotlight’ Film story of betrayal that should not be forgotten

Friday, November 27, 2015

One of the biggest stories of 2002 is news again to millions thanks to Hollywood. While movie studios usually aim to distract viewers, sometimes their films contain uncomfortable truths. The new movie “Spotlight” recounts one of them: the Catholic church’s long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse. It tells the story of the Boston …

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Editorial: Open exchange is critical for those who seek social change

Monday, November 23, 2015

It has been heartening to see students on campuses here and across the country banding together to stand against racism. Strong, young voices can be a powerful force in changing the world. That racism persists, so deeply rooted, in this diverse nation is appalling. The fact that this …

Jim McGovern, Monte Belmonte & Andrew Morehouse: What motivates our hunger march

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As families across Massachusetts prepare to gather around the dinner table for Thanksgiving this week, we all take a moment to share our gratitude. But for many families who struggle with hunger, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. To help all of our community’s families and …

Trish Duffy: Buy a green light bulb in support of veterans

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: It is very heartwarming to see coverage in the paper in appreciation and thanks to our veterans from so many people. I’d like to see these people and others continue their support year-round by supporting the Green Light of Hope (www.greenlightavet.com). I am very surprised …

Anna Liakas: Flummoxed by decision to allow Dunkin’ Donuts in Haydenville

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps this seemingly trivial event offers practice for beginning to speak out in the world because I cannot remain silent in regards to the Haydenville Zoning Board of Appeals’s decision to ignore what appeared to be a majority of town sentiment in granting a special …

John Kapitzky: Governor’s stance on refugees is a disservice to Massachusetts

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: I was sorry to hear that our governor had refused to accept refugees from the Syria-Iraq-Libya region. It seems to be primarily a political act on his part, but I believe he really has little say in the matter. Still, I resent his speaking for …

Michael Palmer:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: After reading the Gazette’s editorial on Smith College’s response to the recent “bomb scare” in Northampton, I am struck by the similarities with the recent tragedy in Paris. The paper wishes to hold Smith accountable for the actions of two students while our governor and …

Kathleen McGovern: It isn’t alarmist to fear boxes in Northampton labeled ‘danger’

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: In the aftermath of the tragedies in Paris, I am moved to re-visit the night of Nov. 5, when Northampton center was shut down for two hours. People noticed five boxes in various locations in town, that had, according to the State Police, the words, …

Editorial: Heroic creativity offers glimpse inside life of ‘outsider’ artist, Genevieve Mae Burnett

Sunday, November 22, 2015

It was never easy being Genevieve Mae Burnett. She was 6 when her family took her to a psychologist to figure out why she heard things others didn’t. A few years later, this child’s struggle received a label: …

Editorial: State’s standardized testing shifts, but will retain prized autonomy

Friday, November 20, 2015

After two years of debate, the state’s top education board this week weighed in on the future of standardized testing in Massachusetts. For the most part, they checked the right box. The decision, while not ideal, will most likely improve an 18-year-old MCAS test that most acknowledge has …

Kaitlin LaFlamme: Support of NASA is critical for us here on Earth

Friday, November 20, 2015

To the editor: The United States needs to continue to support NASA. This will help expand exploration, keep up with competition, and lead to a better life here on Earth. For many, fulfilling their dreams is possible within their own home town. For others, their desires lead them …