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John Paradis

John Paradis: Just me, myself and I — happily unplugged in our antic age

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I run as much for my mental health as I do for physical exercise. I get on a trail and it’s my time alone. I focus on the moment. It’s my Zen time to treasure — my own form of transcendental meditation, my own yoga. Outside — especially this time of year — there’s a definite sense of peace. I love the sensation of letting go and being aware of the surroundings. But it doesn’t have to be a sunny summer day for me to appreciate the beauty of our region and the variety of wildlife. And, as I get older, I realize that solitude is something to treasure and it’s also healthy. … 0

Kathleen Anderson:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — The recent memo from school committee chairs denouncing Amilcar Shabazz’s recent comments at a meeting of the Schools Equity Task Force comes across as an incitant document. It is an example of what social justice and anti-racism professional practitioners could describe as an example of white power. This, as we can now witness, can be quite unsettling and feels irresponsible. One … 2

Elizabeth S. Chilton: Public-minded archaeology, as practiced at UMass, thinks beyond monetary value

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to a recent editorial (“Native artifacts should be public treasures,” July 4) and articles by Kathleen McKiernan (“Deerfield farmer wants UMass to return ‘several thousand’ Indian relics,” July 1, and “Deerfield panel adopts dig policy,” July 8). I would like to provide some clarity on the work … 1

Jim Palermo: 'Something is fundamentally wrong when government is more concerned about the rights of corporations than those of individuals'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

There is something fundamentally wrong when a government of, by and for the people becomes more concerned about the rights of corporations than the rights of individuals. In legal parlance the use of the term “person” has long been … 0

Betsy K. Mathews: How is Retreat wrong choice for Amherst? Let me count the ways

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — At a recent trade show in Las Vegas, Landmark Properties’ Senior Vice President Jason Doornbos asserted that its Retreat brand student housing developments go for the “wow factor in its amenity packages.” Although no amenity package has been specified for the proposed Cushman Retreat, there are … 0

Jonathan Klate: Don Berwick in governor’s race for right reasons: public service

Sunday, July 6, 2014

AMHERST — In the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, Don Berwick is the compelling story now. Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, established pols aspiring to higher office for years, are being challenged by a smart, mature, experienced, unabashed progressive who has surged into serious contention for … 2

Bill Newman: Paint on, Northampton, and let’s keep debating

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The streets belong to the people. But what about the crosswalks? This issue has riveted Northampton since the Department of Public Works — at the request of a private citizen, who paid for it — painted … 1

Jonathan Kahane: A World Cup viewer raises a flap about the flops

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — I played high school and collegiate soccer in the 50s and 60s. Has the game ever changed! We had boots the size of barges that navigated the Erie Canal. We nailed in our cleats. Balls were kicked in from the sidelines — there were no throw-ins. … 0

Rich Szlosek: Of fireworks and feuds of past Fourths of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, I regularly took the subway to downtown Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. There was something about … 0

Keith Eddings: A mother’s lasting lesson about the joy of giving

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AMHERST — My mom’s last generous act came June 22, two years after she died, at the lawn sale we held to distribute the last vestiges of her life, accumulated over 60 years of marriage and family. The … 0

Bruce Watson: This summer’s irresistible page scrollers, 'Your email,' 'Wikipedia'

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LEVERETT — This summer, like all summers, will see its share of beach books, “page turners” and “great summer reads.” Yet if the rest of the year is any judge, summer reading is changing. Gone are the lazy … 0

Jay Fleitman: About those ‘lost’ IRS emails

Monday, June 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The IRS has been accused of targeting conservative groups by selectively pulling their applications for tax-exempt status for prolonged scrutiny in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. By delaying and denying approval of those applications, … 2

Melissa Perot: Hope for North Amherst, a village on the rise

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — The North Amherst Library’s garden started it all, perhaps, by making that difficult intersection such a pleasure to pass by or, if on foot, to stop and appreciate the space carefully tended by the Amherst Garden Club. W.D. Cowls Inc. added a bus stop seat, book … 1