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Mariette Bien-Aime, left, and Crystal Norwood, right, give away t-shirts with a slogan "UMASS STANDS AGAINST RACISM" during the rally against racial graffiti at the Student Union building in the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2014.

Editorial: Ugly messages on UMass campus reveal an everyday racism

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Wednesday, everyone connected with the University of Massachusetts Amherst had to accept that it is a place where a student can come home to a message of hate. But it is also a place, it is important to note, where a thousand students and faculty members show up to reject intolerance. They acted swiftly, and so did campus police. A UMass student from North Andover pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he vandalized property as well as a related count of “property damage to intimidate” by leaving notes affixed to dorm-room doors in the Southwest Residential Area. Sadly, the arrest Friday of …

Robert A. Jonas: A priest who deserved ‘boundless love’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As I read about the extraordinary spiritual vision of Pope Francis, and reflect on the impact of the synod of bishops at the Vatican, the face of my friend and mentor, Fr. Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), comes to mind. Henri was a Dutch priest, born to a prominent Roman Catholic family who harbored frightened Jews in their attic when the Nazis took …

Alice Swift: Wants Amherst voters to approve two local questions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Many voters in Amherst are probably not aware of two local questions on the ballot on Nov. 4 in addition to the four statewide questions described in the red booklet sent to voters by the Secretary of State. Question 5 would raise the Community Preservation Act surcharge in Amherst from 1.5% to 3%, like most of the neighboring towns. The …

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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 …

John Paradis:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting in a community recreation hall outside Baltimore, Maryland, last month, my father, a World War II and Korean War veteran, dined with 67 other New England veterans of his generation following a day in Washington, D.C., as part of a national program called “Honor Flight.” …

Michael Eagan: Why does law let casinos serve free alcohol?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To the editor: The expanded gaming act which was passed three years ago in Massachusetts has been called the best piece of casino legislation in the country by our legislators, some news media and of course the casino …

Chris Crane: Part-time Jones Library workers deserve benefits, respect

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To the editor: As I peruse the list of Jones Library staff, I am surprised to see that part-time, non-benefitted staff members make up about half of the library employees as a whole. This means that the library …