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Editorial: Leader of WMass Catholics seeks to reconnect with faithful

Thursday, February 11, 2016

As an inspiring Pope lifts Catholic hopes worldwide with his call for inclusion and justice, the leader of the Springfield Diocese is using a Lenten tradition to reach out to disaffected Catholics. He is calling for the spirit of renewal, and forgiveness, to permeate the church in western Massachusetts. Whether he succeeds depends on follow-through. In a remarkable pastoral letter distributed this week, Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski apologizes for a …

John Paradis: Taking control of our last years

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Last fall, a friend recommended the book, “Being Mortal,” by noted Boston surgeon Atul Gawande. Looking at how Americans approach aging and end of life, Gawande’s book denounces the often extreme and frequently unnecessary life-sustaining measures that the medical world often takes: breathing machines, feeding tubes and an array of painful and invasive treatments. He proposes a significant overhaul of our approach to …

Bonnie Harrison: My fence, my offense: An Easthampton citizen’s lament about local government

Thursday, February 11, 2016

On Sept. 2, I went to the Easthampton building inspector and commissioner’s office to get clarification on fencing I planned to install. I was accompanied by my brother, who was also applying for a permit. After asking my questions twice regarding my fencing, I was given the go-ahead to install the fence and it went up Sept. 15. Nine weeks later, I got …

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J.M. Sorrell: My Ellen Story story

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We must never underestimate how our actions of assistance may greatly influence someone’s life. As state Rep. Ellen Story heads towards retirement, I want to express my gratitude for Story’s intuitive and strategic support at a pivotal moment in history — and for me. My first formal meeting …

William Knightly: Quabbin doesn’t need rattlers but Bunker Hill might

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: I can just imagine that the good people of Dana, Prescott, Greenwich and Enfield would be thrilled to know that the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has “hatched” a plan to breed and raise 150 timber rattlesnakes until they are good and strong and …

David Furlong: Bernie, The Donald and me: A Valley entrepreneur’s encounters with two presidential candidates

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When I was a lad of 19, I liked woodworking, so I made use of my father’s machines in the basement by making wooden toys. Soon I needed to find a market for my wares, so in the …

Jonathan Klate: Leftists in the attic, and Hedda Hopper too

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This is a story at once personal, historical, and allegorical. The acclaimed movie “Trumbo” provides dramatic illumination of a sordid period in American history, when free and loyal citizens were persecuted by the government for thought crimes and …

Won-Ho Lee: I asked my peers: Would you trade privacy for security against terrorism?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We are a species instinctively dominated by fear — seeing it as an indicator that action needs to be taken. In modern society, one topic instills insecurity around the globe: terrorism. We are constantly combating extremist organizations originating in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other countries. These organizations we …

Rev. Peter Kakos: Who benefits from Guantanamo?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Following the release of 10 inmates from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo ordered by President Obama Jan. 14, three days after the prison entered its 15th year, Sen. Marco Rubio was quick to go on air blasting …

Gary Michael Tartakov: Parsing the phrase that inflames: ‘Black Lives Matter’

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It seems clear to me that those repeating the phrase “Black Lives Matter” — like those who raised it on City Hall in Northampton — intend its meaning to be inclusive not exclusive. So we need to consider …

Global climate change touches down in an Alaskan native village

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. …

The millennial work ethic

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dear previous employer, You may think that you have gotten the best of me, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you have put me in a bad spot, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you can …

Richard Cooper: Ralph Levy will be missed by many in Northampton area

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: Ralph Levy will be remembered and missed by many in the area. Perhaps he touched your life when you shopped at Harry Daniel’s getting your gym uniform in the ’60s. Maybe you remember him from the Circle Players, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, NHS Theater …