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Richard Szlosek at his home in Northampton.
JERREY ROBERTS

Rich Szlosek: Where sun still sets on a bit of the English empire

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I come from a family that never traveled anywhere. My parents seemed unaware of the concept of a vacation and so, not surprisingly, until I met my wife I had no idea I would enjoy trips to other locales. Even though I am basically still a stay-at-home guy, two or three times a year we pull out the … 0

Marty Nathan: A pipeline we don’t need for gas we don’t want

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I was thinking hard about writing a piece on the planned Northeast extension by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. when we received word from our next-door neighbor that the Northampton fire and police departments had been called to our house. We have been out of town and hard to reach. Another … 0

Readers respond to Prashad Gaza column: Rabbi Justin David, Avoiding either/or on the Gaza crisis

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are certain incontrovertible realities about the conflict between Israel and Hamas taking place in Gaza, none of which lead to easy conclusions. Hamas is firing rockets indiscriminately at civilian targets in Israel, for which Israel not only has the right but the obligation to respond in order to protect its … 1

Its sad how ignorant people really are, especially here in the sticks. What really happened in the financial crisis was that the...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Personally, I can’t see why anyone but the insurance industry would come out against a single payer system. The insurance industry, by...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Jim Palermo: 'Something is fundamentally wrong when government is more concerned about the rights of corporations than those of individuals'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

There is something fundamentally wrong when a government of, by and for the people becomes more concerned about the rights of corporations than the rights of individuals. In legal parlance the use of the term “person” has long been … 0

Betsy K. Mathews: How is Retreat wrong choice for Amherst? Let me count the ways

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — At a recent trade show in Las Vegas, Landmark Properties’ Senior Vice President Jason Doornbos asserted that its Retreat brand student housing developments go for the “wow factor in its amenity packages.” Although no amenity package has been specified for the proposed Cushman Retreat, there are … 0

Jonathan Klate: Don Berwick in governor’s race for right reasons: public service

Sunday, July 6, 2014

AMHERST — In the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, Don Berwick is the compelling story now. Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, established pols aspiring to higher office for years, are being challenged by a smart, mature, experienced, unabashed progressive who has surged into serious contention for … 2

Bill Newman: Paint on, Northampton, and let’s keep debating

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The streets belong to the people. But what about the crosswalks? This issue has riveted Northampton since the Department of Public Works — at the request of a private citizen, who paid for it — painted … 1

Jonathan Kahane: A World Cup viewer raises a flap about the flops

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — I played high school and collegiate soccer in the 50s and 60s. Has the game ever changed! We had boots the size of barges that navigated the Erie Canal. We nailed in our cleats. Balls were kicked in from the sidelines — there were no throw-ins. … 0

Rich Szlosek: Of fireworks and feuds of past Fourths of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, I regularly took the subway to downtown Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. There was something about … 0

Keith Eddings: A mother’s lasting lesson about the joy of giving

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AMHERST — My mom’s last generous act came June 22, two years after she died, at the lawn sale we held to distribute the last vestiges of her life, accumulated over 60 years of marriage and family. The … 0

Bruce Watson: This summer’s irresistible page scrollers, 'Your email,' 'Wikipedia'

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LEVERETT — This summer, like all summers, will see its share of beach books, “page turners” and “great summer reads.” Yet if the rest of the year is any judge, summer reading is changing. Gone are the lazy … 0

Jay Fleitman: About those ‘lost’ IRS emails

Monday, June 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The IRS has been accused of targeting conservative groups by selectively pulling their applications for tax-exempt status for prolonged scrutiny in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. By delaying and denying approval of those applications, … 2

Melissa Perot: Hope for North Amherst, a village on the rise

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — The North Amherst Library’s garden started it all, perhaps, by making that difficult intersection such a pleasure to pass by or, if on foot, to stop and appreciate the space carefully tended by the Amherst Garden Club. W.D. Cowls Inc. added a bus stop seat, book … 1