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Dr. Newton Bowdan: Medical marijuana not ready for prime time

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Shortly before Thanksgiving I attended a meeting at a Northampton school. The subject was “Medical Marijuana.” I put the term in quotes because marijuana is marijuana, just as insulin is insulin. Whether marijuana is “medical” or “recreational” depends on the use to which it is put. What appalled me was that only one person on the panel, Paul McNeill, a coordinator for the Northampton Prevention Coalition, which …

Lynn Pasquerella: College students on holiday face an in-between world

Monday, December 15, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — This time of year, I make a point of looking out my office window. Here at Mount Holyoke College, I have a good view of the local bus stop. At the end of the semester, I like to spend a few moments watching students board buses as they head home for winter break. I see a couple of things. They …

Sara Weinberger: Why a 1948 statement has never become dated

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The frenetic pace of holiday preparations, as well as feelings of rage and powerlessness over a seemingly endless wave of state-sanctioned police brutality, seem to be holding many of us hostage these days. It’s not surprising that few people noticed an important day that came and went last Wednesday. Human Rights Day commemorates the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human …

Don Robinson: The United States of impasse

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — It’s Thanksgiving, time to remember our manifold blessings, both personal and communal. We are grateful to occupy such a lovely place in God’s abundant creation, so bountiful, so forgiving. We are thankful for faith and hope, ever renewing, that one day we will be able to …

Rev. Peter Ives: There’s no place like ... Earth — A Thanksgiving reflection

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Years ago William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, described the whole of Earth as God’s great farm. The earth is the Lord’s, he said. “All the resources of the earth: land, water, minerals, wood, and produce and from this Farm, and the owner is God. We have …

Rutherford H. Platt: Loss of Northampton Business Improvement District will cost city and residents

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The demise of Northampton’s downtown Business Improvement District (BID) due to a lawsuit by dissident property owners is astounding and inexplicable. Why would the plaintiffs incur legal fees presumably far exceeding the cost of BID assessments to which they object? Why did the city not “verify” …

Christine M. Flowers: Cosby accusers should have spoken up sooner

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I know that the nuns who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I’ve come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it’s always good to reach out to the suffering, there are times …

Joe Blumenthal: Thoughts on the demise of the Northampton BID

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nov. 12, 2014, was a sad day for downtown Northampton: Judge John A. Agostini ruled the Business Improvement District “null and void.” Thus ends a long and controversial chapter of our city’s history. The saga revolves …

Sara Weinberger: Looking for a common religious path in fractured world

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When religion makes the headlines, the focus is on extremism. Religious law is reinterpreted to justify the oppression of others. Religious leaders invoke their moral superiority to enter our bedrooms and condemn everything from homosexuality to birth control. The name of god is invoked to launch …

Adam Fisher: Addiction’s greatest enemy: the truth

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last week, both of my sons attended a talk by former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, a man who gave his first-person account of an addictive past — from alcohol to pills and on into the …

John O. Fox: Trust shaken in Amherst town government

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Kendrick Place — with 104 beds — and One East Pleasant — with 182 — have been marketed by Archipelago Investments, the developer, as projects designed to attract residents of all generations — millennials, graduate students, University of Massachusetts faculty and administrators, young parents, retirees, as …

Elissa Rubinstein: Projects make Amherst center adjunct of UMass campus

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Archipelago’s One East Pleasant development replacing the Carriage Shops is on “the fast track,” according to an article in Saturday’s Gazette. That was certainly the impression of residents who attended last Wednesday’s public hearing. Many, many letters to the Select Board from concerned abutters and Amherst …

Carol Sharick: It is time to de-escalate Amherst racial allegations

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — I am the parent of a junior at Amherst Regional High School. I write in response to the pieces printed recently regarding the situation of former teacher Carolyn Gardner. It is an interesting time for all of us as we learn about each other and try …