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Stan Rosenberg: How Bay State helps lead the US, once again

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law that was of course modeled on the health care bill we passed here nearly a decade ago. The results of that law …

Amy Wasserman: Despite programs, some local students not getting enough to eat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PELHAM — One recent morning as I was writing a check out to the middle school for a coming field trip, it occurred to me that the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is paying for radio advertising and building a huge addition to accommodate more grades. How is it that one public school in our community has extra funds and others need …

Clare Higgins: Obamacare’s Republican roots

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON— The Supreme Court has spoken – and Obamacare lives! Chief Justice Roberts, no friend of the president, wrote the majority opinion that allows the Affordable Care Act to stand. There has been the hope for repeal on the right, and a single-payer system on the left, but it’s Obamacare for the win. Elements of the Affordable Care Act are derived from two …

What happened to the pot stigma?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Twenty years ago, drug dealers were seen for what they were ­— criminal and dangerous elements in our society. They were shunned by the mainstream. People who sold marijuana were considered losers, in the business of harming our children. Parents warned their kids to stay away from those …

Rebecca Rice: Juror No. 3 reflects on the case against Leo E. Fugler III

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The excused were giddy as schoolchildren on a snow day as they hurried out of the Hampshire County Superior Court, released from jury duty in the Commonwealth vs. Leo E. Fugler, III trial, grateful they won’t …

John Paradis: Book lovers to the rescue — we hope

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You know that saying, “he’s like a kid in a candy store?” Well, my parents would say this about me: “He’s like a kid in a book store.” Some kids might spend a day fishing or tinkering on a car in the garage. But not me. …

George Courmouzis: Boston’s uphill Olympics bid

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Boston faces two uphill battles in its quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. One is against the majority of the residents of Boston and Massachusetts, who voice concerns about leadership, cost and benefits. The other is against the odds of beating its European contenders. In …

Hwei-Ling Greeney: The right first step: get people housing

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST — Since I both live and work in downtown Amherst, I crisscross both sides of North Pleasant Street multiple times a day. As I walk past CVS, I see a woman with a cardboard sign, asking for money. Her slumped shoulders and weathered face make her look …

Christine M. Flowers: Jenner’s dignity dimmed by cheesecake poses in magazine

Monday, June 8, 2015

So apparently we’re all supposed to be inspired by the Person Formerly Known as Bruce Jenner. We’re supposed to clean up our language so that the correct pronouns are used, we’re supposed to marvel at the “beauty” of that Annie Liebowitz cover, we’re supposed to avoid sexist speculation …

Jeanne Shumway: Don’t cram middle schoolers into Amherst Regional High School

Sunday, June 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Gazette’s brief editorial Thursday was disappointing: not for what it says, but for what it ignores. It rather gushingly praises a proposed change in the basic structure of education in the Amherst regional schools which would house all secondary grades (7-12) in the high school …

John Sheirer: Youth isn’t wasted on the young

Sunday, June 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Commencement ceremonies are a way of life around here this time of year, with our excellent colleges, universities and many fine high schools. Those ubiquitous ceremonies raise an inevitable question about our youth: How will these capped-and-gowned youngsters carry our world into the future as we …

Carl Doerner: Waiting for true account of Robert F. Kennedy’s killing 47 years ago

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — June 6 marks the anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel. The man convicted of the shooting, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, remains in prison. That Sirhan shot at …

Marty Nathan: The $5.5 billion pipeline dinosaur that should never come to life

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Psychological warfare is being waged in Massachusetts towns as natural gas local Distribution Companies (LDCs) declare moratoria on new subscribers until the building of Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct (NED, also known as the Tennessee Gas) …