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What’s your elevator pitch?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let’s say you step into an elevator, push the button for the 10th floor, watch the doors slide shut and cast a quick glance at the other passengers in the car. Lo and behold, you spot one of the Koch brothers! No, it’s the CEO of ExxonMobil! Or the CEO of TransCanada, the outfit behind the Keystone XL pipeline! Or maybe it’s President Obama himself! You swallow hard. This is … 0

Don Robinson column: Freedom Summer 1964

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The civil rights movement came to a head a half-century ago, during the summer of 1964. I was a graduate student and spent most of that summer in Mississippi. While largely a spectator, speaking to gatherings of white people (church groups, Rotary Clubs and the like), I saw enough to give me a sense of what was at stake. It had become clear … 0

Sara Weinberger: Loving our way out of Mideast war

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two weeks ago, my daughter texted me, “What are you supposed to do when there is a siren?” Under ordinary circumstances, that would have been an odd question. My daughter, however, was texting from a hotel room in Jerusalem, where the sirens meant “Take shelter,” because Hamas was firing dozens upon dozens of long-range missiles at targets ranging from Eilat in … 2

Elizabeth S. Chilton: Public-minded archaeology, as practiced at UMass, thinks beyond monetary value

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to a recent editorial (“Native artifacts should be public treasures,” July 4) and articles by Kathleen McKiernan (“Deerfield farmer wants UMass to return ‘several thousand’ Indian relics,” July 1, and “Deerfield panel … 1

Jim Palermo: 'Something is fundamentally wrong when government is more concerned about the rights of corporations than those of individuals'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

There is something fundamentally wrong when a government of, by and for the people becomes more concerned about the rights of corporations than the rights of individuals. In legal parlance the use of the term “person” has long been … 0

Betsy K. Mathews: How is Retreat wrong choice for Amherst? Let me count the ways

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — At a recent trade show in Las Vegas, Landmark Properties’ Senior Vice President Jason Doornbos asserted that its Retreat brand student housing developments go for the “wow factor in its amenity packages.” Although no amenity package has been specified for the proposed Cushman Retreat, there are … 0

Jonathan Klate: Don Berwick in governor’s race for right reasons: public service

Sunday, July 6, 2014

AMHERST — In the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, Don Berwick is the compelling story now. Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, established pols aspiring to higher office for years, are being challenged by a smart, mature, experienced, unabashed progressive who has surged into serious contention for … 2

Bill Newman: Paint on, Northampton, and let’s keep debating

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The streets belong to the people. But what about the crosswalks? This issue has riveted Northampton since the Department of Public Works — at the request of a private citizen, who paid for it — painted … 1

Jonathan Kahane: A World Cup viewer raises a flap about the flops

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — I played high school and collegiate soccer in the 50s and 60s. Has the game ever changed! We had boots the size of barges that navigated the Erie Canal. We nailed in our cleats. Balls were kicked in from the sidelines — there were no throw-ins. … 0

Rich Szlosek: Of fireworks and feuds of past Fourths of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, I regularly took the subway to downtown Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. There was something about … 0

Keith Eddings: A mother’s lasting lesson about the joy of giving

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AMHERST — My mom’s last generous act came June 22, two years after she died, at the lawn sale we held to distribute the last vestiges of her life, accumulated over 60 years of marriage and family. The … 0

Bruce Watson: This summer’s irresistible page scrollers, 'Your email,' 'Wikipedia'

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LEVERETT — This summer, like all summers, will see its share of beach books, “page turners” and “great summer reads.” Yet if the rest of the year is any judge, summer reading is changing. Gone are the lazy … 0

Jay Fleitman: About those ‘lost’ IRS emails

Monday, June 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The IRS has been accused of targeting conservative groups by selectively pulling their applications for tax-exempt status for prolonged scrutiny in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. By delaying and denying approval of those applications, … 2