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Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Essay: What we did on our summer vacations. … The nation’s smoldering seams of inequality, injustice, unequal treatment under the law and unresolved racism roiling our society-in-denial violently erupted, again. … Methane vents are fracturing the northern regions as the polar ice vanishes and the tundra thaws, giving wings to the galloping dragon of catastrophic climate change. … Gaza City, comprising about the same area as Northampton but the most densely populated place on Earth, has absorbed bombardment comparable to the explosive tonnage of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, destroying 17,000 homes and leaving 100,000 homeless. At least 600 of the slaughtered are children. The entire U.S. Congress and many friends and family agree … 4

Editorial: When a crowd helps tell Northampton’s story

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A project early last May in Northampton sent 100 people scurrying around the city with cameras. What they captured, in a 48-hour hunt for images of city life, hasn’t had time to cure, so these photographs can’t be called historic. Give them time. The first entries culled from one thousand photos submitted to … 0

Joseph R. Blasi: American labor must recover its lost fair share of economic gains

Sunday, August 31, 2014

For Labor Day, let’s talk bluntly about labor’s fair share of the profits and of the productivity of the economy. The hard truth is that labor, meaning the middle class, is not receiving its fair share. There is no clear-cut reversal of the middle class’s declining fortunes in sight and no new ideas on the big radar screen. From the end of World … 0

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Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Andrew Larkin, M.D.: Don Berwick’s progressivism is right for our times

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick Is running for governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat. He is the only candidate who has stated he is a progressive. Seventy percent of Americans support a progressive agenda. When he talks it … 0

Lynn Griesemer: Tini Sawicki of Amherst had will to live, desire to give

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Tini Sawicki’s life will be remembered by many far into the future. For people, especially women, who are diagnosed with breast cancer, Tini was the president of the club, and she will remain on the emeritus list forever. She faced cancer as a patient willing … 0

Kirk Whatley: Taking good with bad in state’s new gun legislation

Monday, August 25, 2014

HADLEY — According to Guns and Ammo magazine, Massachusetts rates fourth from the bottom of the barrel when comes to being “gun friendly.” On Aug. 13, Gov. Deval Patrick signed Massachusetts’ latest gun control law, the Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. However, unlike past laws, … 0

Editorial: Northampton mayor shows compassion for those in immigration limbo

Monday, August 25, 2014

While immigration reform eludes Washington lawmakers and the president, Northampton’s mayor took a stand last week that will help foreign-born individuals and families in the Valley feel less vulnerable. Mayor David J. Narkewicz agreed to sign an executive … 1

William J. Rowan: Rationalizing Israel’s behavior in Gaza

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: It never ceases to astound me when otherwise intelligent people continue to rationalize Israel’s unconscionable behavior in Gaza as a reasonable and proportionate act of self defense in response to recent Palestinian “aggression.” Israel wants to cherry pick the time period at which to start … 0

Barry Hirsch: The political uses of Palestinian ‘victimization’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a recent edition, a letter-writer says the “majority of people in Gaza are simply longing for a life of peace and cooperation.” In 2007, the people of Gaza held an election that was endorsed … 0

Stephen Siegel: Israel turned Gaza into ‘open-air prison’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a letter to the Gazette, “Israel weathers years of rocket attacks” (Aug. 8), several writers argue “there was no occupation and there was no blockade” in the two years following Israel’s 2005 so-called “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip. However, while Israel did remove its … 0

Jon Lackman: Let’s help students find right path through high-speed world

Sunday, August 24, 2014

To the editor: In a recent article about Northampton schools taking “more steps into high tech,” the city’s district technology director, Angelo Rota said, “The world is working at that high rate of speed, so we need to give our kids exposure to that. Is that good or … 0

Carol Sharick: Amherst educators can only do so much. The rest is up to us.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

AMHERST — I attended the Amherst Regional School Committee retreat this month and was pleasantly surprised at the civility and productivity shown by the group. Given what I’ve read in the paper in recent months, one would think … 0

Editorial: Arts advocates put Transperformance on the map

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The lineup for Tuesday’s “Transperformance XXIV” — the annual musical extravaganza that raises money for arts enrichment programs in Northampton’s public schools — lists the following local residents as hosts for the event, along with the more famous … 0