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Mia Kim Sullivan: What’s behind the attack on Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST I write to voice my support for the doctors and clinic workers who help people obtain abortions, often at great personal cost. The current call to defund Planned Parenthood has been coordinated with attack videos that are highly edited in order to demonize the doctors who were filmed. As David Cohen and Krysten Connon document in their book, “Living in the Crosshairs,” the personal nature of political attacks on …

Karen List: Artful action: A look at this year’s grants through the Emily List Fund for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST Romeo and Juliet were once eaten by alligators. Hamlet met a princess though, as anyone familiar with Shakespeare knows, there is no princess in the play. And the actors cannot for the life of them dance. Such is the way it goes when the Very Serious players from Messenger Theatre Co. take …

Jim Palermo: Pope’s message on environment showcases an engaged moralism

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Reactions to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical (“Laudato Si”) expose the absurdity of the idea that there is a separation of religion and state. Such a separation is now, and always has been, illusionary. Prior to the issuance of the encyclical, Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, said, “I don’t want to …

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Amy Finlay: What white people can do to oppose racism

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: As a woman who calls myself “white,” I do not know, firsthand, racial violence. I am lucky enough that I don’t know domestic violence firsthand either, but I do have a clear, instinctual understanding of it. I know that if a man is beating a …

Helen Scharber: What striking CSO workers stood to gain — and what they risked

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Workers at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) went on strike for three days last week after negotiations with management failed to produce much-needed improvements in pay and working conditions. In a recent interview with 22News, CEO …

Leo Fountain: Flag deserves to fly at Easthampton pond

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: In response to a letter-writer’s comment last week on the flag flying over Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton: How dare you disrespect the American flag and say where and how it should be flown? I served my country in the military, in the Navy, as did …

David Roitman: Review of state regulations OK, but not if needed rules are weakened

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: On July 22, the Gazette reported Northampton City Council approval of the Chemiplastica storage tank at 238 Nonotuck St. in Florence. My wife and I recently walked by the plant during a lovely evening stroll and the article caught our eye. I’d like to highlight …

Nora Dillon: CSO workers proved the depth of their commitment to fair pay

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: I am a former employee of Clinical & Support Options. For two years I worked in crisis services in the agency’s Northampton office. Last Wednesday, as friends and former colleagues began their strike for fair pay, CEO Karin Jeffers cut off their health insurance. While …

Editorial: Needed reform would ease access to public records

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group representing municipal officials is using scare tactics to water down or kill a much-needed reform to Massachusetts’ public records law. Lawmakers should see the lobbying effort for what it is — a crusade to put bureaucratic convenience ahead of the public’s right to know how their …

Mary L. Ford: The modern-day health miracle known as Medicare

Friday, July 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I’m fed up with citizens complaining that government is a problem, not a solution. I want my children and nieces and nephews to know that because of Medicare, my generation as we grow old does not have to turn to them to cover hospital bills and …

Eva Hudlicka: A plea to CSO management: Build consensus with staff

Friday, July 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — There is a better way! For three days this week, clinicians from Clinical & Support Options (CSO) went on strike to demand living wages and reasonable working conditions. CSO is a regional, nonprofit community mental health agency, providing outpatient and crisis services. The decision to strike …

Pete and Lene Mc Lean: Worthington bridge problem must be addressed now

Friday, July 24, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The closure of the bridge on Sam Hill Road here in the town of Worthington must be addressed. This past winter, and the mud season that followed, were among the worst that many residents of this community have ever experienced, mainly due to the closing of …

Editorial: Ed Porter closes nearly four decades of helping disabled in western Massachusetts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In stepping down as executive director of what is now known as the United Arc after almost 40 years, Ed Porter leaves some very big boots to fill. It is understandably hard to replace somebody who has been on the job for roughly four decades. In Porter’s case, …