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Darien Gardner: For those with chronic pain and illness, self-starvation just one method to end one’s life

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In most cases a pet owner is doing the good and right thing by having their beloved pet put down to save it from needless and lengthy suffering, and similarly, in most cases human beings are doing the good and right thing by ending their lives for the same reasons. But in the same circumstances, the medical profession may do nothing for us. Even if the pain goes … 0

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the course of 18 days, the Israeli assault on Gaza cost over 1,000 Palestinian lives, with many thousands wounded. Gaza’s infrastructure has been pummeled — its water and sewer systems, its hospitals and its schools have been rendered inoperative. Jens Laerke of the United Nation’s humanitarian agency says, “Our aid … 6

Ralph Dolan: Edwards’ faith reached beyond fire and brimstone

Monday, July 28, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of the columnist’s look at the life of 18th century preacher Rev. Jonathan Edwards. NORTHAMPTON — Jonathan Edwards was described as a “frail, scholarly” youth of 24 when he arrived in Northampton in 1727. He came to succeed his maternal grandfather, the Rev. Solomon Stoddard, as … 0

John Sheirer: ‘We the neighborhood’ feels like sound political philosophy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the Fourth of July, my wife Betsy and I walked the hilly driveway to our neighbors’ house. Using the key that they had left for us, we let ourselves in so we could water their plants and feed their cat while they were away for … 0

Carl P. Leubsdorf: GOP’s trouble with Hispanic vote in 2016

Friday, July 11, 2014

Republicans are once again criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration. Despite a lot of talk, the GOP has done nothing to improve its dire political standing with Hispanics. Within days of Mitt Romney’s decisive 2012 defeat, GOP leaders agreed they needed a more positive approach to the … 1

John Paradis: Just me, myself and I — happily unplugged in our antic age

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I run as much for my mental health as I do for physical exercise. I get on a trail and it’s my time alone. I focus on the moment. It’s my Zen time to treasure — … 0

Kathleen Anderson:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — The recent memo from school committee chairs denouncing Amilcar Shabazz’s recent comments at a meeting of the Schools Equity Task Force comes across as an incitant document. It is an example of what social justice and anti-racism professional practitioners could describe as an example of white … 3

Elizabeth S. Chilton: Public-minded archaeology, as practiced at UMass, thinks beyond monetary value

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to a recent editorial (“Native artifacts should be public treasures,” July 4) and articles by Kathleen McKiernan (“Deerfield farmer wants UMass to return ‘several thousand’ Indian relics,” July 1, and “Deerfield panel … 1

Jim Palermo: 'Something is fundamentally wrong when government is more concerned about the rights of corporations than those of individuals'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

There is something fundamentally wrong when a government of, by and for the people becomes more concerned about the rights of corporations than the rights of individuals. In legal parlance the use of the term “person” has long been … 0

Betsy K. Mathews: How is Retreat wrong choice for Amherst? Let me count the ways

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — At a recent trade show in Las Vegas, Landmark Properties’ Senior Vice President Jason Doornbos asserted that its Retreat brand student housing developments go for the “wow factor in its amenity packages.” Although no amenity package has been specified for the proposed Cushman Retreat, there are … 0

Jonathan Klate: Don Berwick in governor’s race for right reasons: public service

Sunday, July 6, 2014

AMHERST — In the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, Don Berwick is the compelling story now. Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, established pols aspiring to higher office for years, are being challenged by a smart, mature, experienced, unabashed progressive who has surged into serious contention for … 2

Bill Newman: Paint on, Northampton, and let’s keep debating

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The streets belong to the people. But what about the crosswalks? This issue has riveted Northampton since the Department of Public Works — at the request of a private citizen, who paid for it — painted … 1

Jonathan Kahane: A World Cup viewer raises a flap about the flops

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — I played high school and collegiate soccer in the 50s and 60s. Has the game ever changed! We had boots the size of barges that navigated the Erie Canal. We nailed in our cleats. Balls were kicked in from the sidelines — there were no throw-ins. … 0