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Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, natural disasters, economic instability, epidemics, racism, and the international immigration crisis — it is so easy to ignore that we remain on …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal is necessary. Iran’s nuclear program was built on the U.S. government’s Atoms for Peace project …

Don Robinson: Jimmy Carter, the lion of Camp David

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancerous tumors in his brain provoked deep feelings around the world and across this country. The news stirred personal memories as well. In the fall of 1975, when he declared his candidacy for president, his staff planned a visit to Northampton around Thanksgiving (he was still in the low single digits in the polls). They …

Barry Hirsch: Rhyme and reason with Iran over the nuclear deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The premise on which all Iranian nuclear discussions are based is that under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. As is often stated “all options are on the table,” which we all know is code for military strikes. This premise appears …

Christopher Flavelle: birthright

Monday, August 24, 2015

Until three years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders — temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed …

Nancy Bandman-Boyle: Looking for compromise on library depository planned for Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — I’d like to clarify opinions I shared during the Hadley Planning Board meeting last week and offer further details than were reported in Wednesday’s article, “Hadley presses for smaller Five Colleges library annex.” I believe in a place for books and I support my local libraries. …

Clare Higgins: Trumpeting one presidential candidate’s huge and great news

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Here’s a letter to America from Donald J. Trump: I am applying to be the leader of the United States because I truly believe that Trump is the only person capable of making America Great Again. I know that you will agree once you really get …

Jeffrey Peterson: Determined to shape ‘happy trails’ in Northampton

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — People who visit the Smith Vocational and Agricultural Farm Fields on Burts Pit Road in Northampton will soon be greeted by an important message. A sign will note that people who use the property — 282 acres of state-owned land designated for agricultural use and under …

Philip Korman, Jeff Cole and Andrew Morehouse: State helps lead way in getting locally grown foods to low-income families

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently created a win-win situation for the Commonwealth, seizing a chance to improve public health, build our economy and support local farmers. Building on its vision to improve the health status of all residents, the department received $3.4 million from …

Adam Fisher: Why not let sleeping questions lie?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As once it was for the astronomers and poets of Egypt and Greece and Rome, so it is today as the dog days of summer reassert themselves in all their slurpy, sluggish splendor. Things slow down …

Jonathan Klate: A presidential litmus test: Is that glass half full, or half empty?

Monday, August 17, 2015

AMHERST — Here’s a debate question for all the presidential aspirants, from both major parties: “Do you have any comment on the half full or half empty glass controversy?” • Hillary Rodham Clinton: My position on the water in the glass is well known so what difference does …

Sara Weinberger: The importance of social workers

Sunday, August 16, 2015

During my career as a social work professor, I was confronted by parents and prospective students who questioned the choice of social work as a career. “Will my daughter be able to support herself?” “How will my child pay off their college debts on a social worker’s salary?” …

Carolyn Engle: Here’s how to keep Puffer’s pleasant

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I have read with interest recent articles in the Gazette about improving safety at Puffer’s Pond. My husband and I have spent many hours over many summers at Puffer’s Pond, enjoying its quiet beauty, refreshing waters and the surrounding trails. The articles state that the assistant town manager …