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Bill Newman: Whose free speech display of Black Lives Matter banner on City Hall?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shortly after the Black Lives Matter banner was raised at Northampton City Hall on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the president of a city police union, denying any connection, requested that Mayor David Narkewicz fly a banner recognizing National Peace Officers Memorial Day in May. Other banner and flag-flying requests no doubt will follow. We’ve been down this …

Lissa Pierce Bonifaz: Standardized tests got you down? Consider opting out

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Amherst Regional school system was recently notified that its students would take two high-stakes, standardized tests this spring. The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) for third to sixth grade will be augmented with items from another standardized test, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC). The state …

Bess Hepner: Celebrated at Smith, but for contributing what to the world?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Smith College students hear about Rally Day their first year. It’s when alumnae are honored and set an example for the graduating class. As a senior at Smith, this is a day I have been looking forward to. I am excited like many of my classmates to wear my gown for the first time. Even more, I am excited to leave campus at …

J.M. Sorrell: My Ellen Story story

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We must never underestimate how our actions of assistance may greatly influence someone’s life. As state Rep. Ellen Story heads towards retirement, I want to express my gratitude for Story’s intuitive and strategic support at a pivotal moment in history — and for me. My first formal meeting …

David Furlong: Bernie, The Donald and me: A Valley entrepreneur’s encounters with two presidential candidates

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When I was a lad of 19, I liked woodworking, so I made use of my father’s machines in the basement by making wooden toys. Soon I needed to find a market for my wares, so in the …

Jonathan Klate: Leftists in the attic, and Hedda Hopper too

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This is a story at once personal, historical, and allegorical. The acclaimed movie “Trumbo” provides dramatic illumination of a sordid period in American history, when free and loyal citizens were persecuted by the government for thought crimes and …

Won-Ho Lee: I asked my peers: Would you trade privacy for security against terrorism?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We are a species instinctively dominated by fear — seeing it as an indicator that action needs to be taken. In modern society, one topic instills insecurity around the globe: terrorism. We are constantly combating extremist organizations originating in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other countries. These organizations we …

Rev. Peter Kakos: Who benefits from Guantanamo?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Following the release of 10 inmates from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo ordered by President Obama Jan. 14, three days after the prison entered its 15th year, Sen. Marco Rubio was quick to go on air blasting …

Gary Michael Tartakov: Parsing the phrase that inflames: ‘Black Lives Matter’

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It seems clear to me that those repeating the phrase “Black Lives Matter” — like those who raised it on City Hall in Northampton — intend its meaning to be inclusive not exclusive. So we need to consider …

Global climate change touches down in an Alaskan native village

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. …

The millennial work ethic

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dear previous employer, You may think that you have gotten the best of me, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you have put me in a bad spot, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you can …

Jay Fleitman: Off debate stage, GOP candidates come more fully to life

Monday, February 1, 2016

I am writing this column on the day before the Iowa caucuses and it is being published after those results are in. On both sides of the aisle, the televised candidate debates will have had a major impact on the results of the voting. These debates serve our …

Renee Moss: Lives of the ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

When you were a kid, was there an adult in your life — someone besides your mom or dad — who was a mentor? Perhaps it was a teacher, coach, librarian or scout leader, or someone who shared your passion for piano or model airplanes. If you were …