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Marty Nathan: Nikki Haley and the pope

Friday, October 9, 2015

I used to have to wait for inspiration to write about climate change. Now it is most difficult – between the dramatic weather effects and the gathering struggle to stop greenhouse gas emissions – to decide which topic to choose and to find the time to write about it all. I planned to write about the pope’s visit, but then Hurricane Joaquin hit, dumping a record 24 inches of rain …

John Paradis: A real Common Core: Let’s teach young people about character

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember a lot of things about middle school and most were not very positive. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of good role models. I would describe my middle school years as being stuck in a state of anarchy. Later, in public high school, I had an exceptional coach, Wayne Nakoneczny, who left an imprint on me with principles I’ve …

Alan Verson: Hotel Northampton workers made clear their opposition to union; others should respect outcome

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I have absolutely no connection either to the Hotel Northampton or to the union that unsuccessfully tried to unionize the hotel employees, but I was shocked and offended to read that the city’s Human Rights Commission is taking steps to hold a public hearing into what some have said were unfair …

Dr. Ilana Schmitt: ‘Vaping’ is proven path to tobacco addiction

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — New state regulations limiting the sale of e-cigarettes to children take effect Friday. And they come not a moment too soon. This is because of the association of “vaping” in children with their regular use of tobacco cigarettes — a link around which there is a …

John Sheirer: Who is the Democrats’ Donald Trump? (Hint: it’s a trick question)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “Democrats and Republicans are all the same,” is a fashionable lament, but it’s one that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Recent years have brought us reality-challenged Republicans such as Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Allen West, Joe …

Jim Foudy: Chilling signposts of climate change, from Alaska and elsewhere

Friday, September 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — President Obama visited Exit Glacier in Alaska earlier this month and declared it a “signpost” for the impact of climate change on the planet. My wife, Christine, and I visited Exit Glacier two years ago and there are, literally, signposts along the trail showing how much …

Mansour Ghalibaf: Owner explains his stance on proposed unionization

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I have worked at the Hotel Northampton for the past 25 years. I began as its general manager, and, since 2006, I have been its owner. I have put my heart and soul into this work …

Jon Weissman: Employers should be neutral on union efforts

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On Sept. 14, the Gazette reported: “Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf says he believes issues between managers and workers are best handled face to face — without the presence of a third party. And that’s just one reason why he says a union would be a …

Barbara Benda Jenkins: Belchertown chief’s free pass on suspected OUI put others in jeopardy

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

PELHAM — The ongoing story about the Granby Police Department’s unwillingness to arrest the Belchertown police chief for observable and self-acknowledged drunken driving alerts citizens once again to the importance of being ever-vigilant about transparency in government. The Granby police chief repeatedly excuses his department’s lack of appropriate …

Adam Fisher: Songs in the key of Pope Francis

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The pope’s arrival in the United States next Tuesday has revved up the Christian aspect of my 45-year interest in spiritual life. It has also put me in mind of a time when my half-sister snookered …

W. Michael Ryan: A nearly forgotten hero of Valley health care, and ladies’ hats

Monday, September 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Before Cooley Dickinson became a hospital, Cooley Dickinson was a man, born in 1804, a fifth-generation resident of Hatfield, a humble shoemaker, a poor but industrious farmer, a clever businessman and a shrewd investor who overcame …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Hungarian official’s professed Christianity does not measure up

Friday, September 11, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — For weeks, the front page of the New York Times has been dominated by what is now seen as the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has seen since World War II. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and war, mostly from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, …

Mac Everett: Yes, old, but not at all in the way: ‘Re-purposing’ to thin the municipal waste stream in Northampton

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Fellow Northampton residents, let’s talk trash! Now that our dump has become a green hillock, what happens to our non-recyclable refuse? Our garbage must be trucked to distant landfills in other communities where it is out of our sight, mind, and reach of Pioneer Valley groundwater. …