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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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Tom Weiner: Young women at Northampton High help lead the way on gender attitudes

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Our community should be grateful to the members of the Northampton Key Club who rallied and marched Oct. 28 in support of a safe, harassment-free community. Many young women in our community are routinely mistreated in the form of catcalls and other demeaning behaviors by some …

Kate Gehling: Net metering caps threaten to stall solar development

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I was happy to read your article about the demonstration of solar power installation in Plainfield. It is exciting to see residents taking advantage of opportunities that will make Massachusetts a clean energy leader. Caps on net metering, a program that buys back unused energy …

Thomas O’Brien: Congress needs to act on public transportation funding

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: Our nation has a backlog of at least $86 billion in needed bus and rail maintenance. Nationwide, there are more than 60 public transit projects on hold due to lack of consistent funding. And 45 percent of Americans have no public transit. This should be …

Isabel Polak: Sixth-grader: Give students time to prepare for school change

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I read the story “Residents must grasp need for Amherst school revamp” in the Gazette on Oct. 30. The people of Amherst are having a disagreement on how the school system is going to be configured. Fort River and Wildwood are old schools, and some …

Rebecca Fricke: Amherst Farmers Market made great strides this season

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: As the 2015 market season comes to a close the Amherst Agricultural Commission would like to acknowledge the gains the Amherst Farmers Market has made this year. We thank AFM Manager Tammy Ryan and the Amherst Farmers Market Committee for welcoming new Amherst farmers to …

Editorial: Conte Refuge expansion plan combines conservation, access

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Federal officials this week finished a three-month public review of a conservation plan to guide management of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge during the next 15 years. The period for public comment ended Monday, and we hope that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service …

Adam Fisher: The mea-culpa merchant of monstrous stories

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a kid, my single-mom mother would read me stories. There was no television and there was no Internet. There were tales to be heard on the radio, but somehow that was never the …

John Montanari: Inaccuracy, political bias among reasons public distrusts media

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its editorial in robust defense of the rights of journalists. That such a defense needed to be written is troubling, but good for the Gazette for doing so. When the subject turned to the public’s increased distrust in the media, …

Editorial: Finding the right words to discuss terrorism with our children

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The attacks in Paris were only hours old when one Pioneer Valley father got this question from his 8-year-old son: “What’s a terrorist?” Then came the follow-up: “What do they want?” This parent admits he struggled with both — and that’s understandable. When trying to help children understand …

Editorial: Reasoned response needed to halt agenda of Islamic State

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The murderous and coordinated attacks in Paris Friday night under the Islamic State banner sought to plunge the City of Light into darkness, and allow sorrow and fear to immobilize not only France but every nation. The carnage …