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In Close Proximity: Car ownership — but who owns whom, exactly?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The contemporary world is one of restless mobilities, radically morphing physical landscapes, baroque technologies, new forms of governance and subjectivity, and onerous inequalities. The automobile provides vivid insight into all five phenomena as well as into their relationship. — “The U.S. Car Colossus and the Production of Inequality,” by Catherine Lutz, American Ethnologist, (2014) AMHERST — In their famous community study of Muncie, Indiana, culture during both the Roaring Twenties and the 1930s depression, Robert and Hellen Lynd documented the emotional and economic dependence of Americans on the automobile. Indeed, in all but three of the deepest depression years, car ownership continued to rise. “I’ll go without food before I’ll see us go without the …

Clare Higgins: The cost of not paying to protect children

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jeremiah Oliver is dead — his remains found months after the reports of his disappearance. The system that has been established in our state to protect children failed him. Months went by with no signs of this little boy. Finally, his body was discovered on the side of the road, wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a suitcase. His mother …

Clare Higgins: 'There's no prohibition against soaking people with low incomes' Why the Massachusetts casino law needs to be repealed

Monday, September 29, 2014

I’ve been known to buy a lottery ticket or two (or three…). When I was an underpaid early childhood educator, I would sometimes buy a scratch ticket. Only the $1 tickets and probably not more than once or twice a year. Of course I never won much. The New York State lottery used …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Natural gas pipeline opponents dig in for long fight against Kinder Morgan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CUMMINGTON — What have we learned since January, when landowners across Massachusetts started receiving knocks on their doors from Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline land agents with requests to survey land? Affected landowners, concerned citizens, nonprofits and officials at all levels of government have networked with allies across …

Adam Fisher: The timeless appeal of the unvarnished truth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At a time when my daughter was not much taller than a door handle, the two of us would sometimes walk to a nearby park in Springfield where we lived. My daughter had pretty much gotten …

Peter Ives & Jenny Fleming-Ives: Scotland’s judgment day nears on independence from Great Britain

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For years we have been returning to Scotland every other summer to visit Jenny’s family and our many Scottish friends. Scotland is the place we first met in 1969 and where we were married in 1971 …

Sara Weinberger: Valley humanitarians reach out to Syria

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A friend recently shared his perspective of the current situation on planet Earth: “If the whole world is in flames, where do you direct the fire hose?” Indeed, the world does seem to be in flames. We are paralyzed with shock when the news tells us …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The lives of the have-too-muches

Friday, September 12, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — No one in our household can figure out why a fat, glossy, intimidating magazine called Departures arrives in our mailbox every month. I told a friend we got this mysterious delivery quarterly and she asked me if the magazine was about death and dying. It is …

John Paradis: Chased into fall by a sense of dread

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What if everyone who meant something to you suddenly disappeared? Like a snap of your fingers. Poof. Gone. How would you process a world without the people you love? With anger? Hopelessness? Would your faith be undermined? This summer has been the summer of great misery. …

Gerald S. Budgar: Massachusetts needs to get in the swing of it, electorally speaking

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As the nation begins gearing up for the 2016 presidential race, it appears that Massachusetts will sit on the sidelines without playing an important role in the excitement a presidential race can generate. In fact, once the race is set and the nominees chosen, about the …

Vijay Prashad: What President Obama should not do about ISIS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A rational observer of United States intervention in the swath of land that runs from Libya to Afghanistan would come to a simple conclusion: U.S. military action leads to chaos. Examples are legion, but the two most dramatic …

Karen List: Young performers ‘rock on’ in Emily List’s name

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weathervane Theater was closing last summer’s production of “Honk!” when Codey, one of its young actors, was diagnosed with sarcoma and started an aggressive treatment program. Codey was able to return to the theater between treatments, and Sarah …

Bruce Watson: Get your head (and your data) out of the cloud

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LEVERETT — Recently the Internet, with its state-of-the-art, high-tech genius for dredging the depths of the human species, served up nude photos of celebrities. Of course, some of us remember the old days — when you’d shoot a roll of nude photos, mail a few to friends, put …