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Editorial: Intimate partner violence must not be hidden problem

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thirty-nine witnesses took the stand in Hampshire Superior Court — one for each year Jessica Ann Pripstein lived. They testified to enable a jury to establish Ryan D. Welch’s guilt or innocence in Pripstein’s murder just minutes into Feb. 20, 2012, after she’d picked up the check at a bar where he’d been drinking and sulking. Everything was about to go wrong for Pripstein. It is painful to see so …

Bruce Watson: Here comes Ol’ Man Winter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LEVERETT — Another winter looms. Or perhaps winter no longer looms — it lurks, it swears, it stands just up the road waving its middle finger. In the wake of last year’s record-crappy winter, which iced major organs and saw thousands hospitalized with frostbitten despair, many are wondering: What will this coming winter be like? The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts another wollapaloozza. (Editor’s …

Joe Bodin: Enforce all the laws governing our roads

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to the letter-writer who commented on illegal bike riding, especially her mention of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 85, Section 11B. That law also makes riding bicycles on sidewalks and on the wrong (left) side of the road illegal. If someone were to do that in a car or on a motorcycle, they would be stopped, cited and probably fined. …

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

Peter Ives & Jenny Fleming-Ives: Scotland’s judgment day nears on independence from Great Britain

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For years we have been returning to Scotland every other summer to visit Jenny’s family and our many Scottish friends. Scotland is the place we first met in 1969 and where we were married in 1971 …

Editorial: Students stand as witnesses to America’s race problem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cherita Moore is a junior at the University of Massachusetts. Last week, she joined a procession through the Amherst campus to make the point that black Americans face unequal treatment from police. Moore and 75 others gathered Sept. 10 because a month and a day earlier, in Ferguson, …

Natalia Muñoz: Community caring physicians shrinks with practice’s closing

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: Due to burdens imposed by the health insurance companies, solo practitioners like Dr. Shelley Berkowitz find themselves with impossible cost increases. It is a loss for our community when someone of her caliber, closes the practice. She is an extraordinary physician who listens and asks …

Stuart Krantz: One person, one vote must remain American way

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: The amount of money a person owns must not dictate how much speech a person can have. In the United States of America, each person must have one vote and not use their corporate money as a way to have more speech We must amend …

Andrew Morehouse: Join to take action against hunger in WMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: In western Massachusetts, there are more than 200,000 people annually struggling with hunger or food insecurity — not knowing where and when their next meal will come from. This number has doubled in the past five years. For this reason, our region’s emergency food network …

Asher Brookes: School lunches should offer a proper nutritional example

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning again to school lunches. Traditionally, the U.S.D.A. has used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third …

C.L. Dick: Amherst doing more than its fair share for UMass

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: No matter how large the town of Amherst is, we need smart, sustainable, esthetic and creative solutions with the needs of all citizens in mind. Why does the state university system put 30,000 students in a town the size of Amherst, when cities like Lowell …

Jon Lackman: Gaza crisis demands ‘intellectual humility’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: Many recent letters concerning Gaza reek of moral certitude. We are taught in school to advance one position, to invoke counter arguments only to rout them, with some good reason, but this conflict demands nuance and reservation. It is millennia-old and in the last century …

David Starr: Time for Northampton to ban plastic bags, Styrofoam cups

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: One path to minimize Northampton’s contributions to climate change is to reduce its contributions to landfills by 90 percent — 30 percent from increased recycling rates, 30 percent from increased composting and 30 percent from fewer purchases and less packaging. The numbers are impressive but …

Editorial: American war fever is being stoked anew

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney wants America “back on offense,” this time against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. President Obama, after devoting much of his presidency to unwinding Bush-Cheney military misadventures, appears ready to fall in …