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Monica Moran: Lifting the curtain on domestic violence

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RUSSELL — People blame Jamal Palmer Rice for staying with Ray Rice. They wonder how someone as likable as the former Baltimore Ravens player could punch his fiancé in the face. They are astonished that Jared Remy, son of broadcaster Jerry Remy, could physically assault five girlfriends over 17 years with so little consequence from our legal system, until he killed Jennifer Martel. Normally, we use October — domestic violence …

Jonathan Edwards: Why life left the bottle bill behind

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WHATELY — When Massachusetts passed its original bottle bill in 1982 it was one of a small number of environmentally progressive states that wanted to put an end to beer and soda bottles and cans littering our roads, neighborhoods and amazing vistas that range from coastline in the east to western Massachusetts’ mountains and valleys. To say that the bottle bill in Massachusetts …

Ryan O’Donnell: End all barriers to voter registration

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deadline to register to vote has passed for this election, and everyone should be thankful to the activists across the Commonwealth who sought out new voters as well as our local election officials who work so hard to maintain our voter rolls. But given the challenges we face in Massachusetts today, the time may have come to take a closer …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project

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Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

John Sheirer: The proud liberal legacy in America

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the strangest aspects of political discussions these days is that the word “liberal” gets tossed around as an insult. Some people even believe that calling someone a liberal automatically wins an argument. They don’t …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The President Obama disappointment index

Friday, October 10, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Seminary professor Tod Bolsinger defines good leadership as “disappointing your people at a rate they can tolerate.” As the pastor of a lively, growing and sometimes hard-to-manage church, I find myself reflecting on that definition frequently because I know I often disappoint my congregation — and …

John Paradis:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting in a community recreation hall outside Baltimore, Maryland, last month, my father, a World War II and Korean War veteran, dined with 67 other New England veterans of his generation following a day in Washington, D.C., as part of a national program called “Honor Flight.” …

Editorial: High court’s non-decision blows away gay-marriage bans

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sometimes less can be more — at least for the Supreme Court. By declining to take up gay marriage this term, the court opens the door to such unions in 60 percent of the country, for the first time bringing this overdue liberty to a majority of gay …

Jim Palermo: The over-reaching of the super-rich

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Most Americans applaud the brave people in Hong Kong who are protesting against the Chinese government, demanding the right to democratic elections. At the same time, however, many of us who claim to love democracy are content to let our cherished form of government be eroded …

Bruce Watson: A long, slow road to destruction?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Turning off NPR again, I put the iPod on shuffle. Its first song came from some Old Folkie collection I forgot I had: The Eastern World, it is explodin’ Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’ You’re old enough to kill... If you’re old enough to remember, you recognize “Eve of …

Jay Fleitman: Singing the bluest state blues

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Blue Massachusetts, the bluest state in the U.S. There is not a single Republican in the congressional delegation, and other than Scott Brown’s short tenure in the Senate, not a single Republican has been elected to …

Stephen Brewer & Stephen Kulik: 1 in 7 Baystate men struck by prostate cancer; answers on high rate needed

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We would like to call attention to a disease that is more common and more lethal than even breast cancer in our state: Prostate cancer has become an epidemic, striking as many as one in seven men. This disease is personal — we are prostate cancer …

Jonathan Klate: Ode to the wonders of autumn

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AMHERST — The downsides of aging are painfully obvious. Physical capacity inexorably diminishes. Bellies soften. Lower limbs gradually crumble. Some things dry out while others clog up. Once easily remembered details slip from an ever more porous mind. …

Bill Newman: Where more than headlines blossom

Friday, October 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It is mid-morning on the last Sunday in September. The day’s newspapers lie open on the table on the deck which overlooks our yard. Sunlight is speckling the garden, lightly touching the cimicifuga. Cimicifuga, also called …