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Marietta Pritchard: A class reunion worth attending

Friday, October 17, 2014

TO OUR READERS: Starting Nov. 14, Marietta Pritchard’s monthly column moves from the editorial page to a new home in Hampshire Life. AMHERST — I’m not usually enthusiastic about class reunions, and in fact, I’ve managed to avoid all but a few of my own over the years. I don’t enjoy the boosterism and enforced jollity along with mediocre food and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. But this one was going to be different. It was a mini-reunion, just a few friends who would meet for a couple of days in Williamstown, chosen for its convenient location and pleasant lodgings. When we first started planning, one of our number wanted to make sure the event didn’t replicate …

Beth Choquette, Mandy Gerry & Michaela O’Brien: The making of a playground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Bridge Street School started the year last month with a lot to be excited about: new staff, reinvigorated district leadership under our Superintendent John Provost and Chromebooks for students to share and learn basic computing skills. And outside, our school sports a refurbished playground. We’d like to explain how this …

Joe Gannon: Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette carried a story Oct. 4 about the City Council condemning the vandalizing of an Israeli flag hoisted outside a local synagogue. “The resolution characterizes the vandalism as expressions of contempt and implicit and actual violence,” the Gazette reported, “that are the opposite to the goodness with which Northampton residents aspire.” Perhaps now would be a good time to contrast …

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A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

In Close Proximity: Car ownership — but who owns whom, exactly?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The contemporary world is one of restless mobilities, radically morphing physical landscapes, baroque technologies, new forms of governance and subjectivity, and onerous inequalities. The automobile provides vivid insight into all five phenomena as well as into their relationship. — “The U.S. Car Colossus and the Production of Inequality,” …

Clare Higgins: The cost of not paying to protect children

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jeremiah Oliver is dead — his remains found months after the reports of his disappearance. The system that has been established in our state to protect children failed him. Months went by with no signs of this little boy. Finally, his body was discovered on the …

Clare Higgins: 'There's no prohibition against soaking people with low incomes' Why the Massachusetts casino law needs to be repealed

Monday, September 29, 2014

I’ve been known to buy a lottery ticket or two (or three…). When I was an underpaid early childhood educator, I would sometimes buy a scratch ticket. Only the $1 tickets and probably not more than once or …

Wikipedia grows up on campuses

Friday, September 26, 2014

A trusted bromide in academia is that you become a better student when you become a teacher. Something like that is happening at Wikipedia. The Internet encyclopedia has grown explosively since its creation in 2001, but it quickly earned a reputation as a Petri dish for misinformation. That’s …

Michael Carolan: A profound silence at the People’s Climate March

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — My daughter was going to attend the People’s Climate March in New York City with my friend and me. Until she decided she had too much homework. While I understood, I thought she was a perfect …

Don Robinson: Our Constitution — and a president’s war against ISIS

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — Among reasons for President Obama’s declining approval numbers, his abuse of the Constitution’s war powers does not loom large. But as we head back into war in Iraq and environs, it behooves us to pay attention …

Bruce Watson: Here comes Ol’ Man Winter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LEVERETT — Another winter looms. Or perhaps winter no longer looms — it lurks, it swears, it stands just up the road waving its middle finger. In the wake of last year’s record-crappy winter, which iced major organs and saw thousands hospitalized with frostbitten despair, many are wondering: …

John Montanari: The lot of the non-liberal in Valley

Monday, September 22, 2014

SHUTESBURY — It isn’t easy being a non-liberal in the Pioneer Valley. I know, world’s smallest violin and all. Hey, if I really didn’t like it, you might say, I could move to Texas or someplace. Never. The Valley is my home, and here I will stay. Still, …

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 …

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Much to my wonderment and occasional dismay, I have become a “regular walker” on the bike path in Easthampton as part of my daily exercise regimen. I surely have seen every possible form of human-propelled non-motorized …