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Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal is necessary. Iran’s nuclear program was built on the U.S. government’s Atoms for Peace project of the 1950s. A member of the …

Don Robinson: Jimmy Carter, the lion of Camp David

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancerous tumors in his brain provoked deep feelings around the world and across this country. The news stirred personal memories as well. In the fall of 1975, when he declared his candidacy for president, his staff planned a visit to Northampton around Thanksgiving (he was still in the low single digits in the polls). They …

Barry Hirsch: Rhyme and reason with Iran over the nuclear deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The premise on which all Iranian nuclear discussions are based is that under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. As is often stated “all options are on the table,” which we all know is code for military strikes. This premise appears to be the position of the President Obama, Democrats, Republicans and the Israelis. Working from …

John Paradis: Be nicer to each other; the importance of attitude in today’s world

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I once had a boss who told me that “half of life is just showing up.” But in today’s economy or in life, that doesn’t cut it anymore. Most business and management journals today say that to be successful in the 21st century, students need to think strategically, …

Karin Jeffers: Management not to blame for CSO labor dispute

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Clinical & Support Options Inc. is a nonprofit behavioral health agency that serves more than 14,500 individuals and their families of the Pioneer Valley and employs more than 580 members of our communities. As you may know, some …

Phil Wilson: CSO has turned into a corporation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When I first took my baby steps toward becoming a mental health clinician, I interned at agencies that resembled small rabbinical schools. In San Francisco, during the mid-80s, the directors of most of these tiny outposts were, first …

Alex Kent: Cars and downtown Amherst

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The perennial question in Amherst is, Where will we put all the cars? Although I use and frequently depend on cars, I increasingly dislike them. While cleaner than they used to be, cars still belch toxic fumes. They have an insatiable appetite for a fuel that is both …

John Sheirer: Misleading reports on Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jay Fleitman’s recent Aug. 4 column, “The Planned Parenthood Videos,” echoes a wave of misleading media reports. The worst coverage has been by Fox News and other right-wing media. These outlets dishonestly claim that the videos show Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of abortion-related “baby parts.” That’s …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Opening our arms to the trans community

Monday, August 10, 2015

Recently, the light blue, pink and white flag I ordered for our church arrived in my mailbox. I opened the package and studied the flag. The write-up in the ad had said that it was impossible to hang the flag upside down, and they were right. Because the …

David O. Stowell: Kicking tires on an Amherst Town Meeting critique (with response from original authors)

Monday, August 10, 2015

In the June 3 online edition and the June 5 print edition of the Amherst Bulletin, University of Massachusetts Associate Professor of Political Science Ray La Raja and graduate student Wouter Van Erve assert Amherst Town Meeting lacks several key ingredients necessary for it to qualify as representative …

Richard S. Bogartz: Bernie Sanders is the actual centrist

Monday, August 10, 2015

Throckmorton bopped in, grinning, proclaiming how delighted he was to live in a country with such a balanced political spectrum. “We have the Democrats on the left, the Republicans on the right. Greens and Occupies on the left. Libertarians and Tea Partiers on the right. True balance.” Brynhildr …

Gary and Carlie Tartakov: More work needed on race relations

Friday, August 7, 2015

It’s always interesting, and sometimes quite revealing, to notice how different articles in a newspaper will line up with each other, particularly when they appear with headlines or pictures on the same page. That was surely the case in the July 11 edition of the Gazette with the …

Alex Risley Schroeder: Saluting cooperative values at home in the Valley

Thursday, August 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Every year at this time, the River Valley Market Co-operative grocery honors an individual, nonprofit and business that nurture and sustain cooperative values in our community. The individuals and businesses receive $500 and the nonprofit receives $1,500, plus proceeds from our Strawberry Ice Cream Social. Nominated …