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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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Editor note on Gazette’s handling of sit-in coverage

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A media advisory Tuesday night said a sit-in the next day at Smith College would “call attention to issues of racism on our campus and other campuses around the country ….” It also said organizers “would …

John A. Provost & others: Northampton moves to curtail drinking, rowdy adult behavior at football games

Friday, November 20, 2015

To the editor: We believe wholeheartedly that interscholastic athletics play an important role in helping student-athletes to develop leadership skills and physical fitness, so we were disappointed this season by spectators on “the hill” at Northampton High School whose behavior undermined our character-building efforts. “The hill” refers to the terraced …

Rosie Haynes: On the Smith College sit-in: Only free speech opens minds

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last Wednesday, I joined over 200 students, faculty and members of the community gathered in the Smith College campus center in the sit-in organized in solidarity with the victims of racism at the University of Missouri. I, a Northampton High School senior, came not only as …

Jim Foudy: Half a loaf on needs public records law reform in Massachusetts

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts took a couple steps forward this week toward reform of the state’s Public Records Law, considered one of the weakest in the country. They were better than baby steps, but not the giant ones many advocates wanted. The law is a vital tool for transparency …

Jonathan Wright: How about a ‘co-PILOT’ program instead?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I have mixed feelings and misgivings about the PILOT program as proposed for Northampton. There is every danger that as this in instituted Smith College and others may reduce their other commitments, which are crucial to community connection and to the nonprofit sector. It appears this …

Nat Reade: How Smith College can be a better ‘good neighbor’

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I read Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s essay in the Gazette Nov. 6, I was encouraged by one line: “We pride ourselves on being good neighbors.” In many ways, this is already the case. Smith’s presence in Northampton allows us to walk through beautiful gardens, …

Joseph Tarantino: The ‘Narkewicz Effect’ — if nonprofits have money, liberals want it

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After listening to Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s advocacy for his proposed PILOT program, I have one suggestion: He should resign and leave the job of mayor to someone better able to hold the office without embarrassing the city or himself. It is just appalling that community …

Letters on Northampton’s proposed PILOT program

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We can do better than a PILOT program To the editor: I am becoming increasingly distressed about the mayor’s proposed PILOT program for nonprofits. It seems that economic responsibility is at the root of an argument for taxation that boils down to a simple premise: A nonprofit that …

Kevin Lake: Whether to approve PILOT? That’s wrong question

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After attending one of the Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s community meetings about his proposed PILOT program and reading what I can find about it, I wrote the mayor and the members of the City Council to …

Editorial: Tradition no reason to preserve misguided honor for Lord Jeffery Amherst

Thursday, November 19, 2015

History will sit heavily on the agenda when Amherst College trustees next meet. Nearly two centuries after the school took the name of Lord Jeffery Amherst, its students are renewing arguments that this 18th century English military leader should be repudiated for his attitudes toward native people. In …