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digital 0327  8-5-02  Columnist Marietta Pritchard

Marietta Pritchard: Crossed wires of the info age

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — I hate to complain, but I’m going to do it anyway. It’s about Comcast, and it’s not original. Eveyone seems to be down on Comcast. Sen. Al Franken is only the most recent, as he tries to head off the huge merger planned between that company and Time Warner, a merger that threatens to gobble up every bit of electronic choice left to Internet, TV, cell phone and landline users. So here’s my much smaller-scale story, and I’m sure it will sound familiar. Because of a planned trip this summer, I wanted to brush up my French, so decided to sign up for one of the French language TV channels in the Comcast … 0

Robin Morris: ‘Mountaintop removal’ underway beside Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — While the inhabitants of North Amherst were looking fearfully to the east, where the threat of the Retreat loomed, we were blind-sided by an attack from the west. Back in February, residents of the Puffer’s Pond neighborhood received an abutter’s notice, informing us of a meeting to approve renovations by new … 3

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: A call for united effort to improve Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As others have recently pointed out, Easthampton’s municipal budget will be challenging for the coming year. This has been the case in most communities in the Commonwealth, particularly since the economic crisis began in 2008. State tax revenues are down as a result of lost jobs and decreased corporate profits. Cities and towns have not seen increases to their property tax … 1

Rev. Catherine A. Munz: The First Churches’ primary call is to serve, not conserve

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On March 2, members of six local congregations charged into First Churches and worshiped together for the first time. There were children, music, ushers and greeters, and coffee and treats from all six congregations. Our preacher … 0

'If money is speech, Mr. Roberts, can you lend me a few sentences until payday?' Bruce Watson: A fly on the wall at the first session of Congress

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MADISON: OK, settle down, gentlemen. We’ve got a Constitution, but the people want a Bill of Rights. Any of you want to spend another summer in Philadelphia? Then let’s get to work. HAMILTON: My committee drafted the basics, … 0

Pam Wilmot: McCutcheon decision lifting campaign donation caps a blow to democracy

Monday, April 7, 2014

BOSTON — The Roberts Court, in its 5-4 McCutcheon v. FEC decision last week, continued its drive to give Americans a government of, by and for big money. While doing so, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch it is with political reality. The court found … 0

Jonathan Klate: Fact-checking our sources of belief

Sunday, April 6, 2014

AMHERST — Whatever its virtues, religion makes terrible history. And for that matter, history makes terrible religion. Zealots reach into the amorphous void of either and extract whatever is desired in support of a pre-conceived, self-serving opinion. When folks in positions of power do this, look out below. … 0

Bill Newman: Helping veterans for whom the wars are not over

Friday, April 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, why did the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America feel compelled to place 1,892 new American flags at Arlington National Cemetery in late March? The … 3

Rich Szlosek: A child’s lost afternoon recovered, maybe

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I have read a lot about the problem of concussions in professional football this past season. I had always accepted the old league propaganda that they were rare in the game and life in general. In … 0

Steve Randall, Rob Crowner, & Larry Ely: In close proximity

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Look! You fools! You’re in danger! Can’t you see? They’re after you! They’re after all of us! Our wives … our children … they’re here already! You’re next! — Dr. Miles Bennell (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 1956) … 0

Peter B. Klejna: Church’s stained-glass window brims with religious symbolism

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — I wish to congratulate the Gazette, particularly staff writer Chad Cain and photographer Jerrey Roberts, for the excellent March 20 article regarding the projected sale of the Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass window known as “The River … 0

Ernie Brill: Small steps will do little in Amherst to turn corner on racism

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I was honored to work with Carolyn Gardner for a decade at Northampton High School, admiring her dedication to get the best from all students. We worked together on the faculty anti-racism committee, started the Students of Color Association and helped organize Rev. Dr. Martin Luther … 0

Jay Fleitman: GOP’s supposed ‘war on women’ is anything but

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Republican “war on women” had been waged for many years by the time Sandra Fluke took to the podium at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This appearance crystallized her image as the face of a … 17