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Jay Fleitman: Suffocating in the higher ed cocoon

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The country is in a funk. The economy barely sputters along. The coming generation is pessimistic about the prospects of the economy providing for them and whether or not Social Security and Medicare will survive. The national political scene is polarized and paralyzed. Stories of random shootings and heinous crimes are regular fodder. ISIS has transformed from a provider of localized brutality into a major exporter of terrorism and murder. The Middle East seems to further spin out of control as American influence wanes while our NATO ally Turkey may face a war with Russia. Sixty-four percent of Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction. For the life of me, …

Sara Weinberger: Really, America? Too afraid to do the right thing?

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember as a child on Yom Kippur watching those in my synagogue beating their chests with clenched fists as they chanted an alphabetized list of transgressions, ranging from gluttony to gossip. When I became too cool to sit next to my parents, my friends and I stood in the back of the sanctuary, mockingly punching each others’ chests, chuckling as …

Michael Dover: My mother, the refugee — and lessons from her life

Friday, November 27, 2015

LEVERETT — “Frances, do you remember the time we were all lined up against a wall to be shot?” I was in my early 20s and at an afternoon family gathering. As we sat on the patio chatting, my aunt — my mother’s older sister — asked my mother this question. I’d known …

Nat Reade: How Smith College can be a better ‘good neighbor’

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I read Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s essay in the Gazette Nov. 6, I was encouraged by one line: “We pride ourselves on being good neighbors.” In many ways, this is already the case. Smith’s presence in Northampton allows us to walk through beautiful gardens, …

Joseph Tarantino: The ‘Narkewicz Effect’ — if nonprofits have money, liberals want it

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After listening to Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s advocacy for his proposed PILOT program, I have one suggestion: He should resign and leave the job of mayor to someone better able to hold the office without embarrassing the city or himself. It is just appalling that community …

Kevin Lake: Whether to approve PILOT? That’s wrong question

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After attending one of the Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s community meetings about his proposed PILOT program and reading what I can find about it, I wrote the mayor and the members of the City Council to …

Tom Weiner: Young women at Northampton High help lead the way on gender attitudes

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Our community should be grateful to the members of the Northampton Key Club who rallied and marched Oct. 28 in support of a safe, harassment-free community. Many young women in our community are routinely mistreated in the form of catcalls and other demeaning behaviors by some …

Adam Fisher: The mea-culpa merchant of monstrous stories

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a kid, my single-mom mother would read me stories. There was no television and there was no Internet. There were tales to be heard on the radio, but somehow that was never the …

Sara Weinberger: Let’s expand the definition of local food’s local heroes

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As we bemoan the end of this season’s glorious bounty of locally grown food, we celebrate the fact that when many U.S. farmers are calling it quits, our “buy local” movement has resulted in an increase in local agriculture. What a gift to live in the …

Kimberly A. Lutz: Conte refuge plan deserves public support

Friday, November 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Silvio O. Conte, western Massachusetts’ congressman for over 30 years, was an avid outdoorsman and angler with a vision for conservation that extended far beyond a single plot of land. That vision became reality when the Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge, the only refuge …

Tom Nields-Duffy: Fellow parents concerned about a mother’s prosecution

Friday, November 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I write, joined by the others listed below, to express outrage and distress about the charges recently filed against Julie Conley (Gazette, Nov. 5). Over the many years our children have attended pre-school and now elementary school together, we have witnessed the loving bond between mother …

Marilyn Marks: Naming all the animals of racism right here, right now

Friday, November 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After an unexpected incident of racially motivated aggression in Northampton, Josh Miller and his Smith College colleague wrote eloquently in the Gazette of the need for whites in the Valley to recognize the omnipresence of racism and to take action to “recognize, name, and confront” acts …

Karl Meyer: Federal wildlife service must preserve the promise at Great Falls

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recent abandonment of its flagship Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Turners Falls defies all logic. In August, the service abruptly withdrew its on-site interpreter and funding for the Great Falls Discovery Center. The center was …