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Marietta Pritchard: More than meets eye, sometimes, in a classified ad

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — It’s an old habit from working at a newspaper, looking at the classified ads in search of a possible story. The suggestion came early in my career from a much more experienced editor, who knew that within the cryptic prose of an ad there was often something else lurking — an intriguing human story, an economic trend. When I first joined the Gazette, it was the result of responding to a classified ad. Later, when I left the paper to become a freelancer, I scanned those same ads in search of work. Rarely was anyone looking for a writer or editor, but just in case. More recently, from an online source called LinkedIn, …

Jonathan Kahane: A walker’s lessons along the Northampton bike path

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Much to my wonderment and occasional dismay, I have become a “regular walker” on the bike path as part of my daily exercise regimen. I surely have seen every possible form of human-propelled non-motorized conveyance and have crossed paths with a wide assortment of the human race. I have even become friends with some! Though most of my travels have been …

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. …

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 …

Ben James: Parenting in geological time: Answering a child’s questions about climate change

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I’m driving in the pickup truck with my 8-year-old. He’s worried. He has recently skimmed an article in a scientific journal about the earth’s gravitational force — how it is weakening — and he has worked …

John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — My friends, like so many of you, I was appalled when our nation elected a liberal legislator from Illinois to the highest office in our land. I joined you in our chorus of protest because we … 9

Bill Newman: White America’s invisible injustice

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Here is what we know so far about police officer Darren Wilson fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri, a minute or two after noon on Aug. 9. Officer Wilson is white. Michael Brown is African-American. Brown, and his friend Dorian Johnson, …

Rutherford H. Platt: The timeless moral compass of Jane Addams

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jane Addams, who established Chicago’s Hull House 125 years ago this summer, may be the most important American woman that you have barely heard of. Addams has all but vanished from the pantheon of American history, though she …

Rich Szlosek: The Northampton ballplayer who went far: Stu Miller

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Sunday afternoons were always the best time of the week when I was growing up in Northampton in the late 1940s. It seemed like there was always somewhere to go or something that had to be … 3

Steve Paul: A minnow’s swim beside Amazon.com

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Almost 20 years ago, during one of my brief but most notable periods of insanity, I bought a bookstore. Yes, I ventured into the bookselling business. I was floating on some years of experience as a book critic, …

Jay Fleitman: Rights and the Hobby Lobby case

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A letter to the editor appealed to fellow Democrats to contribute to Democratic candidates for Senate outside of Massachusetts. The writer was concerned about the impact of a Republican-controlled Senate on the future of Supreme Court nominees. The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby …

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Essay: What we did on our summer vacations. … The nation’s smoldering seams of inequality, injustice, unequal treatment under the law and unresolved racism roiling our society-in-denial violently erupted, again. … Methane vents are fracturing the northern regions as the polar ice vanishes and the tundra … 4