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Steve Randall: The shape of class in America

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The market system has built-in mechanisms to ensure that employees’ total compensation does not “get out of hand” (from the capitalists’ viewpoint) … and that employees will dutifully take the command and direction of their bosses at work. The critical key to both these constraints on employees is unemployment in the labor market — an excess supply of labor, or people looking for jobs who cannot find them. — Eric A. Schutz, “Inequality and Power: The Economics of Power” (2011) In capitalist America, most people identify with the middle class. But while many do claim that status, a survey conducted by the American Payroll Association, and reported in the Huffington Post in September 2012 shows …

Jody Kasper: In modern policing, officers must be far more than ‘enforcers’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are excerpts from Jody Kasper’s remarks upon taking office Tuesday as chief of the Northampton Police Department. NORTHAMPTON — Over the past few weeks, when news of my selection as police chief became public, many people contacted me with their congratulations and support. A number of these calls and …

Stan Rosenberg: How Bay State helps lead the US, once again

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a …

Amy Wasserman: Despite programs, some local students not getting enough to eat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PELHAM — One recent morning as I was writing a check out to the middle school for a coming field trip, it occurred to me that the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is paying for radio advertising and building a huge addition to accommodate more grades. How …

Clare Higgins: Obamacare’s Republican roots

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON— The Supreme Court has spoken – and Obamacare lives! Chief Justice Roberts, no friend of the president, wrote the majority opinion that allows the Affordable Care Act to stand. There has been the hope for repeal on the right, and a single-payer system on the left, but …

Adam Fisher: The idea of racial reconciliation in America

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Here’s another column about racism you do not need to read. In the emotional tsunami that rose up after June 17 fatal shooting of nine black members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, …

Don Robinson: The person we are looking for as president

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Campaign 2016 is still in its early stages. People like Donald Trump and Lincoln Chaffee are throwing their hats into the ring. Pundits are assessing the chances of candidates like Rick Santorum and Martin O’Malley. Before the winnowing gets serious, we need to ask ourselves fundamental …

Bill Eacho: Capitalism can stop climate change

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pope Francis has made it clear that all of us have a responsibility to be good stewards of this planet, and as such must address the challenge of climate change. Many frame this issue as capitalism vs. Christianity, as economic prosperity vs. morality. But it doesn’t have to …

David J. Narkewicz: Tax credit can do more to help state’s working families

Saturday, June 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Senate have put forth two separate proposals to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families in our state. This is an important step to address income inequality …

Jim Foudy: A pioneer of liberty: David Ruggles of Florence

Friday, June 19, 2015

FLORENCE — A small center for the display of early Florence history opens today on Nonotuck Street. It is a new focal point for the rich story of the village, and for the impact that strongly held values and beliefs can have on society. The David Ruggles Center …

Joe Blumenthal: The ‘war on drugs’ that cannot be won

Friday, June 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette’s editorial page Tuesday was devoted to the subject of society’s response to drug use and abuse. The editorial praised an exhibition at Forbes Library by a group of Northampton High School students and an anticipated emphasis by our new governor on treatment for drug …

Carroll: Reflecting on my father’s watch

Friday, June 19, 2015

When I was in my 20s, my father gave me his retirement watch, a Hamilton, with a warm and elegant face. It was an early electric model, and made symbolic sense since he retired from the power and light company. Before the electric company, he worked for a …

Lois Ahrens: Wanted: More justice in criminal justice system

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On June 11, Vivian Poreda must have believed she was out of options to pay her mortgage when she attempted to hold up the Freedom Credit Union with a cap gun. She knew her family was at risk of losing their home. She was charged with …