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Rekha Basu: Is Hillary Clinton playing it too cool?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — I envy Hillary Clinton’s ability to keep her cool. I wish I knew how she does it. When she walked, characteristically beaming and waving, onto the Des Moines Area Community College stage with Tom Vilsack last week in Des Moines, Iowa, it was as if the previous week’s testy exchange at a Las Vegas press conference had never happened. You wouldn’t imagine that newscasts were being …

Richard M. Clifford Sr.: The blessing of uncommon courtesy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — On a recent visit to a 7-Eleven, I walked up to the door as another car pulled into the lot. I hauled open the door and then turned and waited for an elderly gentleman behind me to reach the door. As I held the door open for him to walk through he turned to me and smiled, saying, “There ain’t many …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Embattled Kinder Morgan pipeline project fires up TV spots, ‘push’ polling

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by Kinder Morgan and orchestrated by Tony Buxton, lobbyist and lawyer for Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas …

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 …

Daisy Mathias: WMUA DJ believes WMUA will work through issues, thrive

Thursday, August 6, 2015

In response to Lily Wallace’s opinion piece in Gazette, the first important fact to note is that Wallace is not a member of WMUA. I am a community member of WMUA, earning my disc jockey certification in 2004 and remaining a member in good standing since then. For …

Andrew Larkin: The drums of war march on

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, and Sunday is the anniversary of the dropping of a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. Tens of thousands were killed in each community immediately, and more died subsequently from acute radiation sickness, and then more …