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CAROL LOLLIS
Mary Clare Higgins during a press conference held in her office Thursday afternoon.

Clare Higgins: Taking stock of Nov. 4 ballot questions in Massachusetts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are four questions on the ballot this November. Last month, I talked about Question 3, the casino repeal question. This question requires you to vote yes if you want to stop the casino mess (as the slogan goes). So, yes means no and I will be voting yes, hoping that this shortsighted public policy debacle is repealed. • Question 1 would repeal the indexing of the gas …

Philip Korman & Margaret Christie: A bushel and a peck of good things for Valley’s farm economy

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — We’ve always felt that how we feed each other is the true measure of any culture or community. We know that our faith in the importance of locally grown food and strengthening the local food economy is widespread in the Pioneer Valley. More and more people are invested in supporting local farms and ensuring that good food is available to …

Don Robinson: The party Obama can’t attend

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — Why, despite his substantial achievements and exemplary personal character, has President Obama become such a toxic presence for Democrats as they approach the mid-term elections? Among the many roles that a president plays, he is the leader of his party. Period. For better or worse, he stands before the nation as the person principally responsible for his party’s record. His approval …

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 …

Rich Szlosek: Mustered out by rumors of urban disquiet — Springfield 1965

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As closely as I was following events in Ferguson, Missouri, my interest perked up even more when the National Guard was sent in to keep the peace. I had flashback to my experience in Springfield in …

Rabbi Justin David: The holy refuge of Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When people think of Yom Kippur, which beings Friday evening, phrases like “Most important Jewish holiday,” “Holiest day in the Jewish year” and “Day of Atonement” come to mind. The word “Kippur” actually refers to the literal practice of “atonement.” But actually, the rabbis who lived …

Larry Parnass: Why the Gazette published a series on the planned death of Lee Hawkins

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Editors in the Gazette’s newsroom usually counsel reporters to “write tight” and respect readers’ time. Occasionally stories go long, though, and Laurie Loisel’s series last week about Lee Hawkins did. That brought some questions and complaints …