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Carol Fusia Campbell: NFL’s Goodell squandered opportunity

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: I love the game of football. That’s probably no surprise. I grew up around the sport. My father was a football coach and our family lived, breathed and ate football. But I am sickened by the Ray Rice situation. I am sickened that there is any doubt that domestic violence should receive a swift, definitive, penalty; sickened that for even one moment the owners and commissioner tried …

Kevin Collins: Not all Amherst Town Meeting members bother to vote

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: As we head into Fall Town Meeting in Amherst, we face more decisions on zoning. Zoning votes are special because they require a two-thirds majority to pass. Sometimes, a majority may vote in favor of a proposed article, but it will fail because it did not receive the required two-thirds. What this math does not take into account is those …

Robert Greeney: This Amherst resident favors the middle road

Monday, September 22, 2014

To the editor: When in doubt I favor the middle road. I do not want to stop growth and development. I do not want to promote growth and development. I image this town collectively deciding the best way to interface with growth at UMass and manage initiatives from profit making developers. From where I sit I prefer that housing for students is not …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Sara Weinberger: Valley humanitarians reach out to Syria

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A friend recently shared his perspective of the current situation on planet Earth: “If the whole world is in flames, where do you direct the fire hose?” Indeed, the world does seem to be in flames. We are paralyzed with shock when the news tells us …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The lives of the have-too-muches

Friday, September 12, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — No one in our household can figure out why a fat, glossy, intimidating magazine called Departures arrives in our mailbox every month. I told a friend we got this mysterious delivery quarterly and she asked me if the magazine was about death and dying. It is …

Editorial: Many volunteer hands help make light work

Friday, September 12, 2014

All around the Pioneer Valley this weekend, important work is getting done — for which not a single dollar has exchanged hands. Thanks to legions of volunteers expected to fan out in sites around the region, library shelves will be dusted, parks refurbished, gardens planted, a playground built …

Graham Gal: Of corporations, free speech and rights

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: While the Sept. 2 column by Jay Fleitman asks what rights plaintiffs seek to protect in the Hobby Lobby case, perhaps an equally important question is what rights that company has that should be protected. Corporations are formed to allow for a separation of the …

Osa Flory: League’s book sale not possible without generous volunteers

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton League of Women Voters will hold its 65th annual book sale Sept. 27 at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Help from the public has been amazing. In just six weeks, 12,000 books were donated at Forbes Library and at Cooper’s Corner. …

Michael Lawrence Levine: Questioning a lot of recent positivity in Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: How wonderful to have a positive town manager in Amherst whose immediate reflex is to support anyone and everyone in town government before performing the slightest analysis of the facts and data. His recent reflexive support of the planning office director is positively positive. I’m …

Joshua Mintzer: Initiative process is a vital check for Massachusetts citizens

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I must take exception to a letter published Sept. 4 attacking the fundamental, Constitutional right of citizens to issue initiative petitions. It is far from the “frontal attack on American representative democracy,” as the author describes in a most alarmist tone. Instead, the process serves …

Linda Rowley: Bicyclists do not belong in roundabout’s crosswalk

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I have a message for the woman who almost ran into my car last week while riding a bicycle in the pedestrian crosswalk at the roundabout in front of Look Park. I strongly recommend you …

John Paradis: Chased into fall by a sense of dread

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What if everyone who meant something to you suddenly disappeared? Like a snap of your fingers. Poof. Gone. How would you process a world without the people you love? With anger? Hopelessness? Would your faith be undermined? This summer has been the summer of great misery. …

Alan Lipp: Thoughts for when the world seems insane

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: The world is too much with me, Wordsworth’s words echo in me, now laden with new weight. Another man is beheaded; an unarmed boy is shot by the police, his body left for six hours …