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Bill Newman: Difficult vital decisions at life’s end

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My mother was seated comfortably in a favorite chair by her bedroom window that overlooked the snow-dusted fields and stands of evergreens behind the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. The gentle late afternoon light of that warm-for-winter day filled the room. Her oncologist was seated on the hassock beside her — a woman doctor who was accomplished, kind, direct, …

Jeffrey Peterson: Smith Vocational — where the ‘skills gap’ gets closed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You may be seeing more and more of these kinds of help-wanted ads popping up across the nation: JOB DESCRIPTION: Someone highly skilled in manufacturing technologies, engineering, electricity, plumbing, automobile repair, animal science or health care. Must be hard working, reliable and able to adapt to ever-changing work environment. Salary: Up to $60,000 year to start. Qualifications: Diploma from a vocational/technical …

Paul Foster-Moore: Me and Enis was just talkin’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So I was driving down this country lane up north past lots of farms with my buddy Enis and we saw this huge Confederate flag plastered conspicuously on the side of a barn and so I asked my buddy, “Enis, is that the flag of the defunct, ill-conceived southern Confederacy?” “Yup,” he says …

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Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School changes graduation requirements

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

Jason Johnson: The ills that Lake Warner suffers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HADLEY — Lake Warner is approximately a quarter mile from the Connecticut River in Hadley. It is a 68-acre, freshwater lake and wetland ecosystem undergoing “eutrophication.” Eutrophication describes intensifying enrichment of an aquatic ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically containing nitrogen or phosphorus or both. It is measured using …

Lily Wallace: Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tensions between the students who run WMUA, the student radio station of the University of Massachusetts, and members of both the non-student volunteer DJ and listener community exploded in April when student leadership voted to dismiss …

Marty Nathan, MD: Given climate change, the band cannot just play on.

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Every summer I have the inestimable privilege of spending a week or so on an island in the Bay of Fundy, watching tides rise and fall 25 feet twice a day. I avoid the news, telling friends that I am “cleansing my soul” of the responsibilities …

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 …

Lissa Pierce Bonifaz: A pox on both of your standardized tests

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — When it comes to the question of standardized testing in our schools, we should listen to the educators. At a recent forum in Springfield, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education presented only two options: MCAS or PARC. The special education teachers who spoke at …

Don Robinson: ‘Amazing Grace’ in Charleston

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — “We the people … in order to form a more perfect union … do ordain and establish this Constitution.” For the American constitutional project to succeed, we need a national culture that shares fundamental values. On the Fourth of July weekend the Gazette published an article …

Nathan P. Somers, MD: How we are guided by sadness

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When life’s challenges and letdowns are thrown their way, children may experience sadness. Maybe they lost an important sports game, got a bad grade, lost something or someone special, or had their feelings hurt. Sadness is an emotion that’s uncomfortable for any adult, especially parents, to …

Jim Foudy: Grow Food Northampton plants seeds of inclusion

Friday, July 17, 2015

FLORENCE — Build it and they will come. Well, they will if they know about it and feel welcome. That was the challenge Grow Food Northampton faced after opening its organic community garden plots. Organizers looked around and saw mostly white, native English-speakers working the soil. Information sheets …

Maria Geryk: The Amherst regional school consolidation question

Friday, July 17, 2015

Over the past several years, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District has been operating with state funding that has been stagnant at best, and declining at worst. In addition, enrollments have been declining steadily over the past several years, a trend which is seen across the state and is …