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Editorial: Is orange the new black and blue? Visitors hijack a pumpkin festival

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New England town. Check. Party with a color theme. Check. Police officers suited up for trouble and toting tear gas. Check. And later, resolutions of “never again.” Check. Residents of Amherst no doubt suffered a few flashbacks to the Blarney Blowout as they followed news of last weekend’s Keene Pumpkin Festival in the southern New Hampshire town. The web came alive over the weekend with images of students rampaging and …

Editorial: A new cheerleader for Easthampton business success

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The new leader settling in with the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce brings a fresh perspective to an age-old mission: finding small business success. Easthampton’s merchants, artists and entrepreneurs continue to fuel its steady transformation from mill town. It falls to Maureen “Moe” Belliveau, among others, to keep that going. Belliveau, who started …

Bruce Watson: A handy guide for disgusted voters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LEVERETT — With another damn election coming up — on a Tuesday again, like who has any free time on Tuesday? — your League of Disgusted Voters has no choice but to offer another damn voting guide. I mean, it’s not like other countries are stupid, right? Some vote on Sunday, some on Saturday, so what’s with this Tuesday thing? In November, no …

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Amy Kroin: Amherst school officials to blame for Terrell talk

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Trauma is not a teaching tool. But Calvin Terrell used trauma in his presentation to Amherst Regional Middle School eighth graders last Thursday. His talk, which left many students in tears and prompted one to …

Don Schneier: Fleitman as usual just sleepwalks through column

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: The future of Northampton may hinge on the outcome of a conflict between, on the one hand, a business consortium seeking to expand its privatization of the city, and, on the other, merchants resisting forced contributions to it. So, more immediately relevant than his sleepwalk …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Texas hospital did not make decision to release patient

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: An AP article published in the Gazette on Oct. 2 spoke of “The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the Ebola patient.” The same implication appeared in the headline of an article on Oct. 11 in the Gazette and was heard repeatedly on …

Kathy Conrad: Time to pay library workers more money

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Where is the place if you have nowhere to go they have to take you in? Where is the place where the amount of money in your pockets doesn’t count, nor the color of your skin or your first language? Where is the place that …

Editorial: Land stewards in Hadley help preserve forests, views

Monday, October 13, 2014

Members of the Scott-Agassiz family were well aware of the value of the land they tended for generations in North Hadley: It was priceless. They also knew that no matter what the deed for the property said, the land didn’t really belong to them. They were stewards of …

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: While citizens embraced ‘Silent Spring,’ a poisonous war raged on

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book “Silent Spring, published in September 1962, ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days before it came out, President Kennedy signed his approval for the so-called “rainbow herbicides” (Agents …

Karen M. Cardozo: ‘Before You Became Improbable’ praised

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: If you were in downtown Amherst between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Sept. 25-27, you may have noticed some odd goings-on: people in pairs, carrying flashlights and listening to headphones while interacting randomly with others who emerged toward them off the street. This was “Before You …

Paul M. Craig: Wall Street caps and trades while Rome burns

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: The more things Wall Street can turn into tradable securities, the richer Wall Street and its minions become. First, there’s the arithmetic of privileged greed; the higher mathematics of avarice is still to be developed. The Wall Street solution to reducing global warming is the …

Jovanna Robinson-Hidas: Supports assembly in Amherst on bullying

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: In response to “Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators” by Debra Scherban: As a recent alum from Amherst Regional High School, in 2012, and someone who has …

John Sheirer: The proud liberal legacy in America

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the strangest aspects of political discussions these days is that the word “liberal” gets tossed around as an insult. Some people even believe that calling someone a liberal automatically wins an argument. They don’t …