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Paul Foster-Moore: Me and Enis was just talkin’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So I was driving down this country lane up north past lots of farms with my buddy Enis and we saw this huge Confederate flag plastered conspicuously on the side of a barn and so I asked my buddy, “Enis, is that the flag of the defunct, ill-conceived southern Confederacy?” “Yup,” he says with a wry smile. “Surely that’s what …

Jason Johnson: The ills that Lake Warner suffers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HADLEY — Lake Warner is approximately a quarter mile from the Connecticut River in Hadley. It is a 68-acre, freshwater lake and wetland ecosystem undergoing “eutrophication.” Eutrophication describes intensifying enrichment of an aquatic ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically containing nitrogen or phosphorus or both. It is measured using several diagnostic tools such as transparency, dissolved oxygen and the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus …

Lily Wallace: Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tensions between the students who run WMUA, the student radio station of the University of Massachusetts, and members of both the non-student volunteer DJ and listener community exploded in April when student leadership voted to dismiss longtime host Max Shea for violating the station’s anti-harassment and discrimination policies. Since then, elected …

A teacher’s voice

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Think for a moment about what motivates you to be fully engaged when completing a task or learning something new. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Now think about a task that you do not find engaging, or that causes …

John Sheirer: Where slaves left their imprint, vital lessons for today

Monday, July 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My wife and I recently visited South Carolina and walked directly by Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. To be honest, I didn’t notice this particular church. Charleston is rich in historic buildings and beautiful landmarks. Another nearby church made a bigger impression because dozens of children …

Ramesh Ponnuru: Education anxiety may shape the 2016 campaign

Monday, July 13, 2015

College, once a sure ticket to the middle class, is causing a lot of anxiety these days. People are concerned about its cost, about low graduation rates and about the poor employment prospects of some graduates. Hillary Clinton complained about the burden of student debt in a speech …

Alan Vogel: Muffled voices at UMass radio station

Friday, July 10, 2015

LEEDS — I’ve been a member of the ACLU since 1970, having attended and graduated from college during a time of significant change and upheaval. A time when ideas and opinions were freely expressed and no opinion or idea was off limits. Unpopular, yes. Infuriating, absolutely. I never …

John Paradis: Flag down on this play

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I was driving downtown last Saturday morning, running an errand. Fourth of July was on my mind, and as I passed the crosswalk on South Street by Pulaski Park, I noticed something that immediately got my attention. A woman was walking up the steps from the …

Andrew G. Reiter: Unintended consequences in Confederate flag’s forced retreat

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Less than a week after the tragic mass shooting in Charleston, major retailers in the United States, including Amazon, Google Shopping, Wal-Mart, Sears, the online auction site eBay and the online marketplace Etsy, have all banned the sale of Confederate flag merchandise. Target pulled its …

Paki Wieland: Why I joined the fight for justice for ‘Las 17’

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On April 24 I was arrested at the Embassy of El Salvador along with Father Roy Bourgeois, Ed Kinane and John Honick. We were there to speak to the ambassador on behalf of ”Las 17,” the …

John O. Fox: Put undergraduate housing on UMass campus, where it belongs

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

AMHERST — For years, a central debate in Amherst, and Town Meeting, has been how to address the demand by University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduates for off-campus housing near the school. Many people believe that the demand can be appropriately handled in good part with more infill — …

Jay Fleitman: The court decision that pushed back on centralized governmental power

Monday, July 6, 2015

Big headlines followed recent Supreme Court decisions on King v. Burwell, which allowed for continued federal subsidies of health insurance policies under Obamacare, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which created a national right for same-sex marriages in the U.S. Hidden by the public glare of these two rulings were …

Thondup Tsering: A global leader for peace, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, turns 80

Sunday, July 5, 2015

AMHERST — Today, Monday, is the 80th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Tibetans and their supporters will be celebrating and rejoicing this special occasion with great fervor. Already we have seen several mega-celebrations in India. Even Tibetans in occupied Tibet, despite the Chinese ban, …