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John Paradis: A real Common Core: Let’s teach young people about character

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember a lot of things about middle school and most were not very positive. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of good role models. I would describe my middle school years as being stuck in a state of anarchy. Later, in public high school, I had an exceptional coach, Wayne Nakoneczny, who left an imprint on me with principles I’ve kept through adult life – principles that have served me well during military service and with my own kids. Coach Nak, a former Marine who was later inducted into our town’s sports hall of fame, talked about work ethic and the importance of getting up early and arriving on time. He emphasized …

Alan Verson: Hotel Northampton workers made clear their opposition to union; others should respect outcome

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I have absolutely no connection either to the Hotel Northampton or to the union that unsuccessfully tried to unionize the hotel employees, but I was shocked and offended to read that the city’s Human Rights Commission is taking steps to hold a public hearing into what some have said were unfair …

Patricia E. Healey: Why nurses union cancelled its seminar at the Hotel Northampton

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FLORENCE — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) has held many conferences and educational sessions at the Hotel Northampton over the years. One future seminar, “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) Patients: What Nurses Need to Know to Manage Their Acute Care,” had been scheduled for Nov. 12. However, in light of the anti-union campaign recently waged by the management and owners of the …

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

Neosha Narayanan: The scourge of scientific illiteracy in the US

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — New York City is under water. What once used to be a bustling metropolis now resembles an underwater museum, only open to divers who float around with oxygen tanks on their backs. The Empire State Building is licked by waves, its windows covered in algae. The …

Johanna Neumann: Amherst should go big on solar

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — Like many of us, Amherst’s late town manager, John Musante, had a vision for a cleaner and greener future. In fact, the week before his untimely death, Musante’s team unveiled the next chapter in Amherst’s solar story: a proposal to power all of Amherst’s town and …

James Durfer: The VA and me — a Desert Storm veteran now fighting ALS reports from his new front line

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The quality of care and wait times at our nation’s veterans hospitals has been headline material for the last year. I would like provide both a personal description of my care and a brief description of …

Tom Gardner: Play about Vietnam war can teach a forgetful nation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is “The Draft” versus “Mediamnesia.” Who are these contenders battling it out in the ring of our troubled national memory? Let me explain. “Mediamnesia” is a term I’ve coined for the phenomenon of national forgetting encouraged by the selective absence of information and truth-telling in …

Gerald S. Budgar & Megan R. Zinn: Northampton public schools are serving college-bound well

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — There has been considerable discussion about standardized tests the Northampton public schools are required to administer to students. While proponents say these tests are useful in measuring the quality of education delivered in local classrooms, many residents don’t feel they accurately measure student progress or the …

Samantha Kramer: Hotel puts profits over lives of employees

Monday, October 5, 2015

To the editor: The Hotel Northampton is an example of why unions are still needed. Workers are not treated with respect or dignity. At a place where workers cannot afford the food that they are selling, or the rooms that they are cleaning, there is a problem with …

Lois Barber & Ron Israel: Concern real that Paris climate change pledges are falling short

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — The 21st United Nations sponsored Conference of the Parties will be held in Paris this December. The goal of this gathering, known as COP21, is to produce the first meaningful, legally binding international climate treaty since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Paris may be our last …

Janie & Bert Thurber: Fort Hill Brewery neighbors decry mission creep

Sunday, October 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Recent Daily Hampshire Gazette stories and Facebook publicity about the burgeoning brewery business in Easthampton encourage the assumption that these enterprises, whatever their location, enjoy unqualified public endorsement. Not true for householders on Fort Hill Road, neighbors to the brewery of that name. Residents of this …

Hampshire COG responds to state DPU’s denial of electricity aggregation project

Friday, October 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following commentary was written by the elected councilors of the Hampshire Regional Council of Governments. NORTHAMPTON — The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of …

Bill Newman: Innocence lost, decency found — thanks to Yogi Berra

Friday, October 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I miss Yogi Berra. A signed photograph of him, a Father’s Day gift from my wife Dale, hangs on a wall in my office, close to the one of Mickey Mantle, above the one of Bobby …