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Not an easy task, but saving Amherst mural worth effort

Friday, July 25, 2014

An enormous painting of Emily Dickinson’s face, surrounded by colorful blossoms and flanked by other luminaries from Amherst’s past, gazes out from the back wall of the Carriage Shops in Amherst center. The poet’s image provides the centerpiece of the community-created mural framing the historic West Cemetery that fans out beyond it, the burial ground for Dickinson and her family, as well as early town settlers, farmers, mill workers, servants, … 0

Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Friday, July 25, 2014

The term “unaccompanied minors” sounds so clinical, it’s easy to distance from it. The phrase has been everywhere in the national media lately because of the unprecedented surge in the number of children fleeing Central American countries in hopes of finding refuge in the United States. We prefer the word, “children.” It is children who are traveling thousands of miles through dangerous terrain, … 0

Nation must abandon ‘War on Drugs’

Friday, July 25, 2014

I have been horrified by the newspaper headlines the last couple of weeks: Israeli children murdered, Palestinian children murdered in return. A plane shot out of the sky and hundreds of people dead, including eighty children. Seven hundred deaths in Gaza, a third of them children. And thousands of children have lost their lives in the Syrian war. Closer to home, we see … 0

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Carrie Hemenway: Abhors violence on both sides but Israel must defend itself

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CORRECTED Damon Road in Northampton will be closed to through traffic for much of Aug. 9-10

Northampton BID must win over critics

Friday, July 18, 2014

By the numbers, the “no” votes won the day in 2009 when downtown Northampton property owners considered launching a Business Improvement District. But that didn’t scuttle the BID, because reluctant property owners could simply opt out. Since then, guiding this effort to polish Northampton’s commercial center has been … 0

Pre-campaign hits and misses

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton reportedly plans to spend most of the summer in relative seclusion, after a month-long pre-campaign road test promoting her qualifications from being secretary of state and testing her stamina for a potential marathon ahead. But frenzied … 0

Susan Morrello: Gives praises for Amherst Taste recycling

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Amherst’s Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Amherst Committee, participating businesses and volunteer composting coaches. At the recent Taste of Amherst, you collectively diverted approximately six tons of compostable “trash” from ending up in landfills or from being incinerated. Instead, it went to … 0

Suzanne Forman: Generosity, caring by Ted’s greatly appreciated

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: On Saturday I drove to Northampton and parked in the parking garage in order to buy my daughter some shoes at Ted’s Boot Shop. We spent about ten minutes in the store and left with my daughter sporting some new sandals. When the search through … 0

Danielle Letourneau-Therrien:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” … 0

Carolyn Cave: UUSA invites folks to come see the restored window

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Dear Amherst friends and neighbors, The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA) would like to thank the community for supporting the restoration of the beautiful “Angel of the Lilies” Tiffany stained glass window. With the support of the Historical Commission and very generous CPA funding … 0

Editorial: Pope shows compassion, needs to show action

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pope Francis met for the first time last week with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy. He conducted a private Mass with six victims — two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany — at his Vatican … 0

Rick Hood: Amherst commitment to school equity real, growing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee did the right thing by meeting this week. Dr. Amilcar Shabazz did the right thing by apologizing at that meeting. But there is more to be said about this. This situation was not a failure of the chairs of the committees; … 0

What the Second Amendment intended

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment. But what does it mean? History offers some surprises: It turns out in each era, the meaning is set not by some pristine constitutional text, but by … 3

John Howard: Now is the time to think about buying electric car

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: Now is the time to buy an electric car. With the new state point of sale rebate of up to $2,500, the IRS tax break of up to $7,500 and the price drop of $5,000 on several electric cars (EV), a Massachusetts resident can own … 0