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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 beginning Adam and Eve were expected by …

Editorial: Another school struggles to overcome rape culture

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Must progress against rape on campus be so slow? As the White House pushes a sexual assault awareness campaign, does every college and university in the country have to go through its own spastic awakening? Events in Virginia this week suggest that might be so. What’s happening in Charlottesville shows how loathe institutions …

Editoral: Sandy Hook gunman’s ills were known but unaddressed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Down in Newtown, Connecticut — ground zero for the second-worst school shooting in American history — the school superintendent gathered staff Monday to review a long-awaited report on how it was that a ticking time bomb named Adam Lanza was allowed to go off inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The explanation is tough to swallow, because the report makes clear that many …

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Editorial: Northampton BID’s fatal flaw found in court files

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Buried deep in files attached to Hampshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini’s order last week that the Northampton Business Improvement District halt its operations is a cry for help that went unanswered. It is contained in two emails sent by the Northampton city clerk to another city …

Joe Blumenthal: Thoughts on the demise of the Northampton BID

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nov. 12, 2014, was a sad day for downtown Northampton: Judge John A. Agostini ruled the Business Improvement District “null and void.” Thus ends a long and controversial chapter of our city’s history. The saga revolves …

Sara Weinberger: Looking for a common religious path in fractured world

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When religion makes the headlines, the focus is on extremism. Religious law is reinterpreted to justify the oppression of others. Religious leaders invoke their moral superiority to enter our bedrooms and condemn everything from homosexuality to birth control. The name of god is invoked to launch …

Ellen Putnam: Loves her Gazette, and ‘Tonight’s Sky’

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: I am often teased by my family for my cover-to-cover, vacation-pack-when-I’m-away reading of the Gazette. This approach has many benefits, however — among them, my daily enjoyment of Patrick Rowan’s “Tonight’s Sky,” found if one looks closely along with the weather forecast. It provides a …

Chris and DeAnne Riddle: Says investing in solar for house was worth it

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: Following up on a recent letter to the editor concerning solar power, I’ll pass on our experience with solar hot water and electricity. First, we got rid of our oil-fired furnace, and replaced it with a Daikin air-source heat pump, an efficient electrical unit that …

J.M. Sorrell: BID was not needed in the first place

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: With great interest, I have followed the development of the BID, the court case and the opinions pro and con. I was a condo owner in the BID district when it was formed. At a public hearing, I spoke clearly about my opposition to the …

Leonard A. Cohen: Lenient sentence in probation case suggests system is rigged

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: Regarding an article in the Nov. 14 Gazette, “Hatfield man gets probation in rigged hiring case,” how is it that William Burke gets a slap on the wrist for his involvement in a decade of illegal hiring practices at the state Probation Department instead a …

Adam Fisher: Addiction’s greatest enemy: the truth

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last week, both of my sons attended a talk by former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, a man who gave his first-person account of an addictive past — from alcohol to pills and on into the …

Editorial: Sober minds help identify steps against substance abuse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs tears at family and community life. And so it is good to see a community fight back, as South Hadley did last week. For much of a day, people of all ages got together in a thoughtful place — a conference …

John O. Fox: Trust shaken in Amherst town government

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Kendrick Place — with 104 beds — and One East Pleasant — with 182 — have been marketed by Archipelago Investments, the developer, as projects designed to attract residents of all generations — millennials, graduate students, University of Massachusetts faculty and administrators, young parents, retirees, as …