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Mary Clare Higgins during a press conference held in her office Thursday afternoon.

Clare Higgins: Taking stock of Nov. 4 ballot questions in Massachusetts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are four questions on the ballot this November. Last month, I talked about Question 3, the casino repeal question. This question requires you to vote yes if you want to stop the casino mess (as the slogan goes). So, yes means no and I will be voting yes, hoping that this shortsighted public policy debacle is repealed. • Question 1 would repeal the indexing of the gas …

Philip Korman & Margaret Christie: A bushel and a peck of good things for Valley’s farm economy

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — We’ve always felt that how we feed each other is the true measure of any culture or community. We know that our faith in the importance of locally grown food and strengthening the local food economy is widespread in the Pioneer Valley. More and more people are invested in supporting local farms and ensuring that good food is available to …

Don Robinson: The party Obama can’t attend

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — Why, despite his substantial achievements and exemplary personal character, has President Obama become such a toxic presence for Democrats as they approach the mid-term elections? Among the many roles that a president plays, he is the leader of his party. Period. For better or worse, he stands before the nation as the person principally responsible for his party’s record. His approval …

Bruce Watson: A handy guide for disgusted voters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LEVERETT — With another damn election coming up — on a Tuesday again, like who has any free time on Tuesday? — your League of Disgusted Voters has no choice but to offer another damn voting guide. I mean, it’s not like other countries are stupid, right? Some …

Robert A. Jonas: A priest who deserved ‘boundless love’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As I read about the extraordinary spiritual vision of Pope Francis, and reflect on the impact of the synod of bishops at the Vatican, the face of my friend and mentor, Fr. Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), comes to mind. Henri was a Dutch priest, born to a …

Marietta Pritchard: A class reunion worth attending

Friday, October 17, 2014

TO OUR READERS: Starting Nov. 14, Marietta Pritchard’s monthly column moves from the editorial page to a new home in Hampshire Life. AMHERST — I’m not usually enthusiastic about class reunions, and in fact, I’ve managed to avoid all but a few of my own over the years. …

Beth Choquette, Mandy Gerry & Michaela O’Brien: The making of a playground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Bridge Street School started the year last month with a lot to be excited about: new staff, reinvigorated district leadership under our Superintendent John Provost and Chromebooks for students to share and learn basic computing …

Joe Gannon: Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette carried a story Oct. 4 about the City Council condemning the vandalizing of an Israeli flag hoisted outside a local synagogue. “The resolution characterizes the vandalism as expressions of contempt and implicit and actual violence,” the Gazette reported, “that are the opposite to the …

Adam Fisher: Security and the self: To inform or not to inform

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — My overstuffed basement is not a place I willingly visit, but with the recent kerfuffle about a “confidential [drug] informant” program at the University of Massachusetts, I felt compelled to go. Down in that basement somewhere, …

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: While citizens embraced ‘Silent Spring,’ a poisonous war raged on

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book “Silent Spring, published in September 1962, ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days before it came out, President Kennedy signed his approval for the so-called “rainbow herbicides” (Agents …

John Sheirer: The proud liberal legacy in America

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the strangest aspects of political discussions these days is that the word “liberal” gets tossed around as an insult. Some people even believe that calling someone a liberal automatically wins an argument. They don’t …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The President Obama disappointment index

Friday, October 10, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Seminary professor Tod Bolsinger defines good leadership as “disappointing your people at a rate they can tolerate.” As the pastor of a lively, growing and sometimes hard-to-manage church, I find myself reflecting on that definition frequently because I know I often disappoint my congregation — and …

John Paradis:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting in a community recreation hall outside Baltimore, Maryland, last month, my father, a World War II and Korean War veteran, dined with 67 other New England veterans of his generation following a day in Washington, D.C., as part of a national program called “Honor Flight.” …