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Editorial: Food bank rethinks Thanksgiving table — to strengthen offerings all days of the year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In church basements around the Valley, those without enough means are enjoying traditional Thanksgiving meals today thanks to community volunteers and donations that make such feasts possible. Meanwhile, at dining tables around the Valley, other families who struggle to make ends meet may have found it more difficult than usual to assemble ingredients considered necessary for a Thanksgiving table. That’s in part because two years ago, the network of anti-hunger …

Don Robinson: The United States of impasse

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — It’s Thanksgiving, time to remember our manifold blessings, both personal and communal. We are grateful to occupy such a lovely place in God’s abundant creation, so bountiful, so forgiving. We are thankful for faith and hope, ever renewing, that one day we will be able to break through our stale habits and old ways and find the energy, together, to imagine …

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 …

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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 …

Elissa Rubinstein: Projects make Amherst center adjunct of UMass campus

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Archipelago’s One East Pleasant development replacing the Carriage Shops is on “the fast track,” according to an article in Saturday’s Gazette. That was certainly the impression of residents who attended last Wednesday’s public hearing. Many, many letters to the Select Board from concerned abutters and Amherst …

Carol Sharick: It is time to de-escalate Amherst racial allegations

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — I am the parent of a junior at Amherst Regional High School. I write in response to the pieces printed recently regarding the situation of former teacher Carolyn Gardner. It is an interesting time for all of us as we learn about each other and try …

EDITORIAL: Walking the beat online requires energy and care

Monday, November 17, 2014

With Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs, a younger generation of police officers is weaving social media into the daily routines of local police departments. Deployed with the aim of engaging their communities, such communication tools are being met with generally positive reviews. As some recent cases illustrate, …

Picking up the pieces after BID lawsuit ruling

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Five years of operation. Five years of legal challenges. That was life as the Northampton Business Improvement District knew it, and that life is over. A judge last week ruled the city of Northampton committed a kind of original sin while processing the group’s application. It failed to …

Emma Ayres: My abortion story — Why this health option for women must be a right, not a privilege

Friday, November 14, 2014

AMHERST — I entered Planned Parenthood. Was patted down by the security guard. Admitted to the waiting room. Called into the clinic. Put on a flimsy pastel hospital smock. Treated by professional and compassionate people. Blood work done. Cold lubed-up ultrasound. Asked if I was sure this was …

Editorial: Signs of bipartisanship hopeful on Beacon Hill

Friday, November 14, 2014

In the 10 days since Republican Charlie Baker was elected governor, signs are hopeful that he will follow through on his pledge of bipartisanship in working with an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. Three days after the election, Baker spent …

Editorial: NFL settlement with players lifts veil on extent of football injuries

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In many American households, Sunday has traditionally been given over to church, family supper and football. Or — with the decline in religious attendance and the rise of pizza delivery — just a whole lot of football. It’s …

John Paradis: Young people who don’t grab headlines are showing us a better way

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I think we can all pretty much agree that there is nothing better than overturning cars, tearing down street signs, throwing gas bottles and jumping off roofs and banging on cars. Hey, the Blarney Blowout at University of Massachusetts last March and the Keene, New Hampshire, …