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Charles Bowles & Peter Whalen: Northampton BID struggles to fend off unproductive legal challenge

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest column concerning the Northampton Business Improvement District was written by Charles Bowles and Peter Whalen — the group’s chairman and treasurer — and other members of the board of directors. NORTHAMPTON — Imagine a Northampton without Sidewalk Sales. Without Restaurant Week. Without sidewalks plowed in the winter or cleaned in the summer. Without holiday lights or hanging flowers. With graffiti and weeds instead of tended …

Will this become Scotland’s independence day?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: James Pentland, a native Scot and the Gazette’s night editor, offers thoughts on Scotland’s independence vote, to be taken Thursday. Today, in deciding whether to break up the United Kingdom and become an independent nation, voters in Scotland face the most momentous choice in the 307-year history of the Union. There have been two previous referendums on greater autonomy for Scotland …

Dillon Sussman: Why some Valley residents choose to walk in the middle of the street

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the joys of being a land planner is that what I learn at work helps me understand how communities function and why people act the way they do. Here’s an example: A year ago I moved from one neighborhood to another in the same city — Northampton. One of …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Natural gas pipeline opponents dig in for long fight against Kinder Morgan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CUMMINGTON — What have we learned since January, when landowners across Massachusetts started receiving knocks on their doors from Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline land agents with requests to survey land? Affected landowners, concerned citizens, nonprofits and officials at all levels of government have networked with allies across …

Adam Fisher: The timeless appeal of the unvarnished truth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At a time when my daughter was not much taller than a door handle, the two of us would sometimes walk to a nearby park in Springfield where we lived. My daughter had pretty much gotten …

Peter Ives & Jenny Fleming-Ives: Scotland’s judgment day nears on independence from Great Britain

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For years we have been returning to Scotland every other summer to visit Jenny’s family and our many Scottish friends. Scotland is the place we first met in 1969 and where we were married in 1971 …

Sara Weinberger: Valley humanitarians reach out to Syria

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A friend recently shared his perspective of the current situation on planet Earth: “If the whole world is in flames, where do you direct the fire hose?” Indeed, the world does seem to be in flames. We are paralyzed with shock when the news tells us …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The lives of the have-too-muches

Friday, September 12, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — No one in our household can figure out why a fat, glossy, intimidating magazine called Departures arrives in our mailbox every month. I told a friend we got this mysterious delivery quarterly and she asked me if the magazine was about death and dying. It is …

John Paradis: Chased into fall by a sense of dread

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What if everyone who meant something to you suddenly disappeared? Like a snap of your fingers. Poof. Gone. How would you process a world without the people you love? With anger? Hopelessness? Would your faith be undermined? This summer has been the summer of great misery. …

Gerald S. Budgar: Massachusetts needs to get in the swing of it, electorally speaking

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As the nation begins gearing up for the 2016 presidential race, it appears that Massachusetts will sit on the sidelines without playing an important role in the excitement a presidential race can generate. In fact, once the race is set and the nominees chosen, about the …

Vijay Prashad: What President Obama should not do about ISIS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A rational observer of United States intervention in the swath of land that runs from Libya to Afghanistan would come to a simple conclusion: U.S. military action leads to chaos. Examples are legion, but the two most dramatic …

Karen List: Young performers ‘rock on’ in Emily List’s name

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weathervane Theater was closing last summer’s production of “Honk!” when Codey, one of its young actors, was diagnosed with sarcoma and started an aggressive treatment program. Codey was able to return to the theater between treatments, and Sarah …

Bruce Watson: Get your head (and your data) out of the cloud

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LEVERETT — Recently the Internet, with its state-of-the-art, high-tech genius for dredging the depths of the human species, served up nude photos of celebrities. Of course, some of us remember the old days — when you’d shoot a roll of nude photos, mail a few to friends, put …