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Peter Ives & Jenny Fleming-Ives: Scotland’s judgment day nears on independence from Great Britain

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For years we have been returning to Scotland every other summer to visit Jenny’s family and our many Scottish friends. Scotland is the place we first met in 1969 and where we were married in 1971 and where our first two children were born. So every other summer we have returned to visit old friends we first met …

Editorial: Students stand as witnesses to America’s race problem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cherita Moore is a junior at the University of Massachusetts. Last week, she joined a procession through the Amherst campus to make the point that black Americans face unequal treatment from police. Moore and 75 others gathered Sept. 10 because a month and a day earlier, in Ferguson, Missouri, an 18-year-old unarmed black man was shot and killed by a police officer. But …

Natalia Muñoz: Community caring physicians shrinks with practice’s closing

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: Due to burdens imposed by the health insurance companies, solo practitioners like Dr. Shelley Berkowitz find themselves with impossible cost increases. It is a loss for our community when someone of her caliber, closes the practice. She is an extraordinary physician who listens and asks all sorts of questions, knowing that a health issue isn’t just the thing itself, but …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

Jim Cahillane: A hearty second to idea of honoring professional baseball player Stu Miller

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: Richard Szlosek and I must be of a certain age because his memories so often align with my own (column, “The ballplayer who went far,” Sept. 5). Not forgetting the fact that his family bakery supplied our wedding cake in 1955, we’ve never met except …

Ben James: Parenting in geological time: Answering a child’s questions about climate change

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I’m driving in the pickup truck with my 8-year-old. He’s worried. He has recently skimmed an article in a scientific journal about the earth’s gravitational force — how it is weakening — and he has worked …

Editorial: When 3,700 people agree on Valley’s ‘common good’

Monday, September 8, 2014

Some headlines mark seasons: A strawberry crop comes in, schools reopen or retailers prep for Black Friday. Hollywood stars walk the red carpet and people rush to beat an IRS deadline. You can feel a year pass by. And the United Way of Hampshire County hits its fundraising …

John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — My friends, like so many of you, I was appalled when our nation elected a liberal legislator from Illinois to the highest office in our land. I joined you in our chorus of protest because we … 9

Editorial: Medical marijuana for students is hardly reefer madness

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the use of medical marijuana, with Massachusetts joining this commonsense club in 2012. Physicians tout the benefits of marijuana for patients suffering from ailments including chronic pain, nausea from cancer treatments, … 1

Editorial: State primaries Tuesday shape November’s election choices

Friday, September 5, 2014

Voters should recognize the importance of Tuesday’s primary elections, with statewide contests on both the Democratic and Republican ballots that will shape the state’s political landscape. With four statewide offices open, voters Tuesday will determine which candidates go …

Bill Newman: White America’s invisible injustice

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Here is what we know so far about police officer Darren Wilson fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri, a minute or two after noon on Aug. 9. Officer Wilson is white. Michael Brown is African-American. Brown, and his friend Dorian Johnson, …

Thomas Trenchard: Carol Ross deserves public support in her work to ease racial tension in Amherst

Friday, September 5, 2014

To the editor: I was disappointed upon reading the Gazette’s Aug. 28 editorial, “Amherst Together stance creates a town divided” and quite puzzled by the defensive reaction. You seem to do in your editorial exactly what you are accusing Carol Ross of: dividing the community. Carol Ross was …

Maria MacDonald: Upset to see driver’s alleged drug involvement in fatal crash

Friday, September 5, 2014

To the editor: I am saddened by the tragic and fatal accident on Route 5 in Easthampton on Aug. 28 and my thoughts go out to the family. But what upsets me even more is the way in which the system is involved in the lives of the …

McGrath family, friends issue statements about fatal Easthampton crash Aug. 28

Friday, September 5, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following messages come from family members and loved ones of Edward Daniel McGrath Jr. and Brittany Danielle McGrath, the father and daughter who were killed Aug. 28 when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by an SUV. The first message is from Iris McGrath, …