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Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: A call for united effort to improve Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As others have recently pointed out, Easthampton’s municipal budget will be challenging for the coming year. This has been the case in most communities in the Commonwealth, particularly since the economic crisis began in 2008. State tax revenues are down as a result of lost jobs and decreased corporate profits. Cities and towns have not seen increases to their property tax revenues because of sluggish growth in new … 0

Adam Fisher: When healing does occur

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last month’s disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the mudslide that decimated Oso, Wash., brought sorrow and confusion. As quickly as the search for meaning set in, so too did the words “healing” and “closure.” When retailed in the midst of crisis, these words strike me as uncaring, spoken by … 0

Steve Herrell: School start-time issue in Northampton will not just fade away

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At the conclusion of a five-year effort involving hundreds of people in Northampton, including psychologists, parents, pediatricians, sleep experts and students, and after seven forums and countless speeches and editorials, the Northampton School Committee on June 13, 2013, passed this resolution: “The School Committee directs the superintendent to implement a later … 5

Pam Wilmot: McCutcheon decision lifting campaign donation caps a blow to democracy

Monday, April 7, 2014

BOSTON — The Roberts Court, in its 5-4 McCutcheon v. FEC decision last week, continued its drive to give Americans a government of, by and for big money. While doing so, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch it is with political reality. The court found … 0

Jonathan Klate: Fact-checking our sources of belief

Sunday, April 6, 2014

AMHERST — Whatever its virtues, religion makes terrible history. And for that matter, history makes terrible religion. Zealots reach into the amorphous void of either and extract whatever is desired in support of a pre-conceived, self-serving opinion. When folks in positions of power do this, look out below. … 0

Bill Newman: Helping veterans for whom the wars are not over

Friday, April 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, why did the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America feel compelled to place 1,892 new American flags at Arlington National Cemetery in late March? The … 3

Rich Szlosek: A child’s lost afternoon recovered, maybe

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I have read a lot about the problem of concussions in professional football this past season. I had always accepted the old league propaganda that they were rare in the game and life in general. In … 0

Steve Randall, Rob Crowner, & Larry Ely: In close proximity

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Look! You fools! You’re in danger! Can’t you see? They’re after you! They’re after all of us! Our wives … our children … they’re here already! You’re next! — Dr. Miles Bennell (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 1956) … 0

Peter B. Klejna: Church’s stained-glass window brims with religious symbolism

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — I wish to congratulate the Gazette, particularly staff writer Chad Cain and photographer Jerrey Roberts, for the excellent March 20 article regarding the projected sale of the Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass window known as “The River … 0

Ernie Brill: Small steps will do little in Amherst to turn corner on racism

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I was honored to work with Carolyn Gardner for a decade at Northampton High School, admiring her dedication to get the best from all students. We worked together on the faculty anti-racism committee, started the Students of Color Association and helped organize Rev. Dr. Martin Luther … 0

Jay Fleitman: GOP’s supposed ‘war on women’ is anything but

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Republican “war on women” had been waged for many years by the time Sandra Fluke took to the podium at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This appearance crystallized her image as the face of a … 17

A.J. LaFleur and Mary P. Colwell: Hard landing for Mountain Goat after closing

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A year ago this past week our lives took a difficult and challenging turn. On March 28, 2013, the bank holding the notes on the Mountain Goats, our retail stores, lost confidence in our ability to … 3

John Hornik & Judith Cameron: We must not conflate mental illness, gun violence

Monday, March 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes. More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under five killed … 5