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Jonathan Kahane: Meanings both personal and global in living to 100

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — When I woke up one recent morning, it was my mom’s birthday – her 100th birthday! There were no parades, no TV personalities or cameras around to publicize the event, not even an article describing the accomplishment. Over the years I have seen these types of celebrations, starring the birthday boy or girl. Some famous newscaster or politician interviews this centenarian and asks “To what do you attribute …

Rutherford H. Platt: Immersed in city while floating above: A Valley geographer explores NYC’s High Line

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NEW YORK — Manhattan on a busy weekday is not everyone’s idea of where to go for a tranquil spring stroll, but that is exactly what I did recently. Conveyed seamlessly to the city on a charter bus from Amherst, I landed in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 10:30 a.m. …

Margaret Christie & Philip Korman: Food consumers must play role in strengthening viability of community-supported agriculture

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a farm business model in which people share with the farmer the risks and benefits of growing food by buying shares of the farm’s potential harvest. The first CSA farms stated in New England over 30 years ago and there are now over 6,000 CSA farms …

Ed Orzechowski: A Northampton native’s Rip Van Winkle experience: A look at city’s changes after 46 years away

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two years ago my wife Gail and I moved back to Northampton after being away for 46 years. We hadn’t gone far, less than an hour by car, and still visited often for the restaurants, shopping and shows. So we were familiar with the changes that …

Elizabeth Vierling: Will the fight for GMO labeling get the job done?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — As a career educator, when I hear questions about “genetically engineered” plants (GMOs), I recognize how complex the issues are — and how difficult it is to sort out what our concerns should be. One is labeling. We can go to the grocery store, and increasingly …

Jay Fleitman: The incredible Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two stories about Hillary Clinton blend in time and implication. The first was of her keeping her emails from her time as Secretary of State on a private email server in her home, and of her wiping clean the server of 30,000 emails that Congress asked …

Barry Hirsch, M.D.: What patients should know about medical pot dispensaries

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The coming of a marijuana dispensary to Northampton raises serious concerns for me as a physician. I was educated and trained to use specific medications, at specific doses, for specific conditions based on pre-marketing studies done by drug companies and post-marketing studies performed by physicians. Once …

Jenny A. Daniell: Who is the real eco-terrorist, Berkshire Gas or pipeline critics?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LEVERETT — In an April 25 article published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Christopher Farrell, a spokesperson for Berkshire Gas, accused opponents of the Kinder Morgan pipeline of “eco-terrorism.” We’ve been looking for the eco-terrorists, and so far, we haven’t had much luck. And now, Farrell has apologized. …

Bill Newman: The wait for full marriage equality

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — No one outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget the celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waved. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that …

Samrat Upadhyay: Impermanence and suffering in Nepal

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Images coming out of Nepal’s devastating earthquake on Saturday reminded me of another earthquake of similar magnitude that occurred 81 years ago. That earthquake of 1934, or nabbey salko bhuichalo, as it was referred to throughout my childhood in Katmandu, had acquired an air of a legend, delivered …

David E. Sullivan & Ruth Ever: Prom and graduation parties that go too far

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Parents play a major role in their child’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. As we enter prom and graduation season, the Northwestern district attorney’s office is partnering with local substance abuse prevention coalitions, like the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition, to promote a clear message: …

Mark Zinan: Out standing in their field: the GOP’s 2016 contenders

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — With the first presidential primary a mere nine months away, Republican contenders are lining up in droves in their quest for the highest political office. While the Democratic Party has chosen to live or die with …

John Musante & Kumble Subbaswamy: Let’s keep positive town-gown momentum going

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — In 2013, when Amherst Town Meeting agreed to match the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s commitment of $30,000 for a consultant to aid in the development of a shared economic development and housing vision, an historic process was begun. This collaborative effort marked the first time the …