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What’s your elevator pitch?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let’s say you step into an elevator, push the button for the 10th floor, watch the doors slide shut and cast a quick glance at the other passengers in the car. Lo and behold, you spot one of the Koch brothers! No, it’s the CEO of ExxonMobil! Or the CEO of TransCanada, the outfit behind the Keystone XL pipeline! Or maybe it’s President Obama himself! You swallow hard. This is … 0

Don Robinson column: Freedom Summer 1964

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The civil rights movement came to a head a half-century ago, during the summer of 1964. I was a graduate student and spent most of that summer in Mississippi. While largely a spectator, speaking to gatherings of white people (church groups, Rotary Clubs and the like), I saw enough to give me a sense of what was at stake. It had become clear … 0

Sara Weinberger: Loving our way out of Mideast war

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two weeks ago, my daughter texted me, “What are you supposed to do when there is a siren?” Under ordinary circumstances, that would have been an odd question. My daughter, however, was texting from a hotel room in Jerusalem, where the sirens meant “Take shelter,” because Hamas was firing dozens upon dozens of long-range missiles at targets ranging from Eilat in … 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

Steve Jones & Lindsay Jakows: Ballot measure can crack down on corrupting power of money in Massachusetts politics

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Represent.Us volunteers are gathering signatures to put a question on the November ballot in state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg’s district. The proposed ballot measure asks Rosenberg to vote for legislation to reduce the corrupting influence of money in Massachusetts politics. It would do that by: • Prohibiting … 1

Pat Schneider: Moved by Bill Newman’s homefront account of Vietnam era

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Today I am reading Bill Newman’s book, “When the War Came Home.” It is a portrait of a generation, written not in reflection long after events, but in immediate responses as journalist, memoirist, commentary, poet. Newman … 0

Don Robinson: A fossil fuel emancipation? Comparing numbers, and strategies, with end of slavery in US

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — To understand the challenge of climate change, Christopher Hayes argues that we can compare it to ending slavery in the middle of the 19th century. As Hayes recognizes, in a brilliant May 12 essay in The Nation, historical analogies are never perfect. There is no moral … 2

Christopher L. Doyle: WWI, A war too easy to forget

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Commenting recently about seeing the play “War Horse,” one of my 11th-grade students expressed surprise that “even some of the Nazis had humane feelings” for the plight of animals caught up in war. “It’s about the First World … 0

Marty Nathan: Getting the message that climate change crisis is real

Monday, June 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The World Meteorological Society announced that in April, for the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels surpassed 400 parts per million throughout the northern Hemisphere. This is an increase of 40 percent since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Prior to that the … 13

Marietta Pritchard: Steve Strimer’s love affair with print continues with Levellers Press

Friday, June 20, 2014

AMHERST — Steve Strimer may not literally have printer’s ink in his veins, but he comes about as close as you can get. I first knew him as a lively, funny, somewhat subversive presence at the Gazette in the late ’70s. I was a new editorial recruit, and … 0

Doyle McManus: ISIS — is it too extreme to survive?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just how terrifying is the Sunni Muslim extremist group that’s taken over a huge swath of territory in northern Iraq? Here are some clues: After seizing Iraq’s second-largest city, the group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, boasted of massacring 1,700 prisoners in … 0

Greg Rolland: Keep FBI’s hands off our school employees’ fingerprints

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Ordinary, non-criminal citizens should not, as a general rule, be subject to FBI fingerprinting. However, the kindergarten teachers of my twin daughters, both devoted and caring women, should? So says the recent Massachusetts law that will … 2

Adam Fisher: The VA’s standing around army of patients

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are at least two things that I can imagine might keep doctors from signing on to work at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. One is income. Nationwide, there is a great deal of hand-wringing … 0