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Bill Newman: Difficult vital decisions at life’s end

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My mother was seated comfortably in a favorite chair by her bedroom window that overlooked the snow-dusted fields and stands of evergreens behind the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. The gentle late afternoon light of that warm-for-winter day filled the room. Her oncologist was seated on the hassock beside her — a woman doctor who was accomplished, kind, direct, …

Jeffrey Peterson: Smith Vocational — where the ‘skills gap’ gets closed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You may be seeing more and more of these kinds of help-wanted ads popping up across the nation: JOB DESCRIPTION: Someone highly skilled in manufacturing technologies, engineering, electricity, plumbing, automobile repair, animal science or health care. Must be hard working, reliable and able to adapt to ever-changing work environment. Salary: Up to $60,000 year to start. Qualifications: Diploma from a vocational/technical …

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 …

Adam Fisher: A big political idea from the Big Sky country

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With 481 days to go before the presidential election and roughly 30 declared and possible candidates in the running, my internal Gallup Poll has already chosen a favorite. If the election were held today, I would vote for Montana. It’s not as if I know a …

Reader comments: On that rebel flag in Williamsburg

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following reader comments address the decision of a Williamsburg company, CRD Metalworks, to display a replica of the Confederate flag on its building and to fly the banner on a flagpole in response to calls to remove the flag from the South Carolina statehouse. Sending …

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 — …