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Philip Korman & Margaret Christie: CISA’s 2016 resolution: Local food for all

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By February, many of us have already forgotten our New Year’s resolutions, especially in today’s world of ever-scrolling Facebook and Twitter feeds. It’s hard to get traction to make big change. At CISA, our 2016 resolution is to ensure more people have more access to local food, a campaign we are calling “Local Food for All.” With the help of our community, partners and farmers, we expect this effort to …

Natalia Muñoz: Puerto Rico’s long economic captivity

Monday, February 8, 2016

In 1898, the exhausted Spanish empire illegally gave away Puerto Rico to the United States at the end of the Spanish-America War. Gen. Nelson Miles, an architect of the massacre of indigenous peoples in the 19th century in this country, then invaded Puerto Rico and established a military outpost that led to the …

John Sheirer: Our parties, our race problem

Monday, February 8, 2016

Last month, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes popped up on Facebook to celebrate the great civil rights leader’s birthday. Now that we’re in Black History Month, I’m pleased to see more of his words making the rounds in social media. Unfortunately, along with King’s inspiring quotes, I’ve read many comments claiming that King himself was a Republican who would oppose today’s …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …