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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 work in Easthampton Oct. 6, knows small business from the …

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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Editorial: Find right tone, tactics for policing in our times

Monday, October 13, 2014

The message from a veteran law enforcement official was unambiguous: Due to persistent challenges, and the rise of technologies like social media, police officers must do their work differently to remain relevant in the 21st century and serve …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The President Obama disappointment index

Friday, October 10, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Seminary professor Tod Bolsinger defines good leadership as “disappointing your people at a rate they can tolerate.” As the pastor of a lively, growing and sometimes hard-to-manage church, I find myself reflecting on that definition frequently because I know I often disappoint my congregation — and …

Editorial: Anti-bullying lesson backfires in Amherst

Friday, October 10, 2014

Great teachers challenge students, but there is a big difference between awakening minds and saying things so shocking a good message gets lost. That appears to have happened last week in Amherst when a consultant made middle-schoolers run …

Richard Brunswick: Question 3 can stop casino mess before it starts

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to express my agreement with columnist Clare Higgins and a letter-writer in encouraging voters to vote yes on Question 3 to stop casinos in Massachusetts. TV airwaves are being flooded with ads promising many new jobs due to casino construction and employment. …

Daniel Wininger: Do we want downtown Northampton to look like strip mall?

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: A Subway sandwich shop is opening up Main Street in Northampton. My heart sank when I saw this. Let me count the things wrong with this picture: • The Haymarket Cafe is just a few doors down. They make incredible sandwiches and they are a …

Paul Slater: Sights of peaceful, generous co-existence in Northampton

Friday, October 10, 2014

To the editor: I would like to share some pleasant, heartwarming stories to offset a bit of what we see too often in recent headlines. Some time ago in honor of my 90th birthday my Canadian in-laws made a generous donation to the Soldier On program here in …

Gavin Andresen: Let’s prepare in Amherst for future parking needs, not only current

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: I’d like to encourage newspaper editors and Amherst residents to consider more creative solutions to a downtown parking “crunch” than building expensive parking structures. One goal of mixed-use, dense development is to move away from the automobile-focused culture to a more enlightened and environmentally friendly …

Jonah Keane: Don’t let big-money opponents win Nov. 4 on bottle bill expansion

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: At Massachusetts Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, we clean up trash all year from the banks of the Mill River and out in the Meadows. Ballot Question 2 in November will remove many littered bottles from our beautiful natural areas and get them into …

Stefan Petrucha: An Amherst theater experiment offers delight

Thursday, October 9, 2014

To the editor: I want to extend my kudos to all involved in “Before You Became Improbable,” billed as “an interactive theatrical adventure” and sponsored by the Emily Dickinson museum, directed by John Bechtold. It’s difficult to give an accurate sense of this unique experience, but, basically, after …

Editorial: Luck, timing help prevent a tragedy in Easthampton

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The column of wind that barreled across the west side of Mount Tom early Wednesday wasn’t a tornado, but these winds, known as microbursts, can be just as destructive. No one who lives near Mountain Road needs to be told that. Bryan Lamore, who was motoring up the …