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Sara Weinberger: Really, America? Too afraid to do the right thing?

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember as a child on Yom Kippur watching those in my synagogue beating their chests with clenched fists as they chanted an alphabetized list of transgressions, ranging from gluttony to gossip. When I became too cool to sit next to my parents, my friends and I stood in the back of the sanctuary, mockingly punching each others’ chests, chuckling as we recited this alphabet of evil deeds. What I remember most was the transgression corresponding to the letter “x.” Each year, when we made it down to “x,” we would point to the word that sent us into “preadolescent” giggles — “xenophobia.” Each year we wondered what the meaning of this strange …

Michael Dover: My mother, the refugee — and lessons from her life

Friday, November 27, 2015

LEVERETT — “Frances, do you remember the time we were all lined up against a wall to be shot?” I was in my early 20s and at an afternoon family gathering. As we sat on the patio chatting, my aunt – my mother’s older sister – asked my mother this question. I’d known …

Sean Glennon: Count me deflated by NFL’s apparent war on Tom Brady

Friday, November 27, 2015

FLORENCE — The shift in perspective isn’t something fans of professional football ever need to think about. It’s annual, inevitable, encoded in our body clocks. Just as piles of Thanksgiving leftovers disappear from refrigerators in daring midnight raids. Just as the dying season’s stubborn oak leaves partner with cold wind to spin and …

Joseph Tarantino: The ‘Narkewicz Effect’ — if nonprofits have money, liberals want it

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After listening to Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s advocacy for his proposed PILOT program, I have one suggestion: He should resign and leave the job of mayor to someone better able to hold the office without embarrassing the city or himself. It is just appalling that community …

Kevin Lake: Whether to approve PILOT? That’s wrong question

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After attending one of the Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s community meetings about his proposed PILOT program and reading what I can find about it, I wrote the mayor and the members of the City Council to …

Tom Weiner: Young women at Northampton High help lead the way on gender attitudes

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Our community should be grateful to the members of the Northampton Key Club who rallied and marched Oct. 28 in support of a safe, harassment-free community. Many young women in our community are routinely mistreated in the form of catcalls and other demeaning behaviors by some …

Adam Fisher: The mea-culpa merchant of monstrous stories

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a kid, my single-mom mother would read me stories. There was no television and there was no Internet. There were tales to be heard on the radio, but somehow that was never the …

Sara Weinberger: Let’s expand the definition of local food’s local heroes

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As we bemoan the end of this season’s glorious bounty of locally grown food, we celebrate the fact that when many U.S. farmers are calling it quits, our “buy local” movement has resulted in an increase in local agriculture. What a gift to live in the …

Kimberly A. Lutz: Conte refuge plan deserves public support

Friday, November 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Silvio O. Conte, western Massachusetts’ congressman for over 30 years, was an avid outdoorsman and angler with a vision for conservation that extended far beyond a single plot of land. That vision became reality when the Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge, the only refuge …

Tom Nields-Duffy: Fellow parents concerned about a mother’s prosecution

Friday, November 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I write, joined by the others listed below, to express outrage and distress about the charges recently filed against Julie Conley (Gazette, Nov. 5). Over the many years our children have attended pre-school and now elementary school together, we have witnessed the loving bond between mother …

Marilyn Marks: Naming all the animals of racism right here, right now

Friday, November 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After an unexpected incident of racially motivated aggression in Northampton, Josh Miller and his Smith College colleague wrote eloquently in the Gazette of the need for whites in the Valley to recognize the omnipresence of racism and to take action to “recognize, name, and confront” acts …

Karl Meyer: Federal wildlife service must preserve the promise at Great Falls

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recent abandonment of its flagship Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Turners Falls defies all logic. In August, the service abruptly withdrew its on-site interpreter and funding for the Great Falls Discovery Center. The center was …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Lessons from my time of loss

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — Last month, I did not write my column for the Gazette because I was totally focused on my mother, who was hospitalized, then declined and died. I was, of course, too preoccupied to write for the newspaper. But my experience since my mother’s passing has made …