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Marietta Pritchard: More than meets eye, sometimes, in a classified ad

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — It’s an old habit from working at a newspaper, looking at the classified ads in search of a possible story. The suggestion came early in my career from a much more experienced editor, who knew that within the cryptic prose of an ad there was often something else lurking — an intriguing human story, an economic trend. When I first joined the Gazette, it was the result of responding to a classified ad. Later, when I left the paper to become a freelancer, I scanned those same ads in search of work. Rarely was anyone looking for a writer or editor, but just in case. More recently, from an online source called LinkedIn, …

Jonathan Kahane: A walker’s lessons along the Northampton bike path

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Much to my wonderment and occasional dismay, I have become a “regular walker” on the bike path as part of my daily exercise regimen. I surely have seen every possible form of human-propelled non-motorized conveyance and have crossed paths with a wide assortment of the human race. I have even become friends with some! Though most of my travels have been …

Charles Bowles & Peter Whalen: Northampton BID struggles to fend off unproductive legal challenge

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest column concerning the Northampton Business Improvement District was written by Charles Bowles and Peter Whalen — the group’s chairman and treasurer — and other members of the board of directors. NORTHAMPTON — Imagine a Northampton without Sidewalk Sales. Without Restaurant Week. Without sidewalks plowed in the winter or cleaned in the summer. Without holiday lights or hanging flowers. …

Joseph R. Blasi: American labor must recover its lost fair share of economic gains

Sunday, August 31, 2014

For Labor Day, let’s talk bluntly about labor’s fair share of the profits and of the productivity of the economy. The hard truth is that labor, meaning the middle class, is not receiving its fair share. There is no clear-cut reversal of the middle class’s declining fortunes in …

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Perhaps you are counting on technological solutions to our environmental woes. So imagine an invention, a brilliant machine, that can transport people and their favorite belongings and their children and their groceries; that’s great for your health instead of causing asthma and obesity; that doesn’t emit … 3

Tarin Weiss: School start not about shopping

Friday, August 29, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Right now, in the world of K12 it’s all about “Back to School.” New clothes, new shoes, and new school supplies top the list of must-haves to prepare our children for … for what, exactly? If …

Don Robinson: The new world information order

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ASHFIELD — For those concerned about the health of democracy in America and around the world, this has been a deeply troubling summer. President Obama is faring reasonably well. He has had to defend himself against charges that he has not been nice enough to members of Congress, …

Frank Gatti, M.D.: Police must help protect mentally ill from needlessly violent deaths

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — I just watched a video of the police killing of Kajieme Powell, age 25, in St. Louis on Aug. 19. He is the other police killing. He is the one thought to have been mentally ill and to have decided to die in the method known …

Kirk Whatley: Taking good with bad in state’s new gun legislation

Monday, August 25, 2014

HADLEY — According to Guns and Ammo magazine, Massachusetts rates fourth from the bottom of the barrel when comes to being “gun friendly.” On Aug. 13, Gov. Deval Patrick signed Massachusetts’ latest gun control law, the Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. However, unlike past laws, …

Ralph J. Dolan: Finding compassion for those in flight from violence in other lands

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — What now, America? With waves of human beings streaming across your southern border seeking refuge, you are now reaping the bitter fruit of centuries of occupation, plunder, coup d’ etats, proxy wars, exploitation, enslavement, torture and …

Clare Higgins: Investing in right start for America’s children

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We have a free public school system in our country that assures every child a seat. It doesn’t matter that the child just moved into the community, or has a special need, doesn’t speak English, or even that their parents don’t work. They don’t have to …

Adam Fisher: Honey, I sold the kids

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Children are darling. Children are dear. But children are also expensive, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which noted in its latest child-rearing guestimations that considering what we’ve invested, my three kids should be worth …

Heidi Ehrenreich: Memories of a boy who loved the alien genius of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HATFIELD — I keep a stash of Robin Williams films ready to be popped into my VCR, yes VCR, for those times when nothing else will lift spirits up and transform my gloom with pure glee. Even though …