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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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Michael Burkart: A sad history of institutional racism

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the editor: In a letter published Nov. 4. about racism the author claimed that “racists exist in minority cultures as well.” I agree that prejudice exists across all groups, and any individual is able to exercise it. However, a key factor in the exercise of prejudice is …

Dave King: Here’s some good reasons to install solar

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the editor: We have been getting a lot of inquiries about our solar energy installations from neighbors who are either sick of supporting corrupt, polluting industries, of sending money to foreign governments that hate us, or just want to save on their energy bills. So in the …

Casey Pease: Why did so many voters not bother to turn out?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the editor: The 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest voter turnout in 72 years. Only 36.4 percent of eligible voters voted, down 4.5 percent points from 2010. This was the lowest turnout since 1942, which makes sense because we were in the middle of World War II …

Editorial: Sentence for probation trio should send strong message

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A judge in Boston Thursday will impose sentences on three high-ranking officials convicted of public corruption. They worked in the state’s probation department, where for many years what mattered most for applicants was not what you knew but who you knew. A jury sent a message in July …

New VA leader focused on reform

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At last, America’s military veterans seem to have a Secretary of Veterans Affairs who gets it. VA Secretary Robert McDonald, the former chairman, president and CEO of Proctor & Gamble who came to the VA just three and a half months ago, has made clear in his words …

Kate Collins: We have leash laws for a reason

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: My dog, Annie, is a timid little rescue dog. For six weeks, I’ve been helping her develop confidence in herself around other dogs and trust in me to keep her safe. On Nov. 4 at 4 p.m., Annie was attacked by a dog who was …

Ed Shaughnessy: Proud of sports effort by students at Smith Vocational

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: My wife and I went to North Adams to watch Smith Vocational’s girls’ soccer team play in the first round of the Western Mass. Soccer Tournament. The game was noteworthy because it is the first year that the program has been in place and the …

Rob Zucker: A dream, perchance to be confused

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: I drifted off to sleep last night after reading Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life piece in Hampshire Life, called “To Sleep, Perchance to dream on …” and wouldn’t you know it, I, too, had the strangest dream. I was at the Kentucky Derby attending the …

Suzy Shure: Two questions unanswered in pipeline debate

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette published a letter to the editor Nov. 7 written by an executive with the New England States Committee on Electricity. It was a very long letter, but it still doesn’t answer the two questions I would like to have answered about the proposed …

Marty Nathan: A new air war with an old side effect: massive pollution

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I was digging compost and wheelbarrowing it past my backyard chickens to the front yard vegetable garden when I found myself thinking the same thoughts I shared on these pages in 2011. Then I had pondered …