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Sara Weinberger: Really, America? Too afraid to do the right thing?

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember as a child on Yom Kippur watching those in my synagogue beating their chests with clenched fists as they chanted an alphabetized list of transgressions, ranging from gluttony to gossip. When I became too cool to sit next to my parents, my friends and I stood in the back of the sanctuary, mockingly punching each others’ chests, chuckling as we recited this alphabet of evil deeds. What I remember most was the transgression corresponding to the letter “x.” Each year, when we made it down to “x,” we would point to the word that sent us into “preadolescent” giggles — “xenophobia.” Each year we wondered what the meaning of this strange …

Michael Dover: My mother, the refugee — and lessons from her life

Friday, November 27, 2015

LEVERETT — “Frances, do you remember the time we were all lined up against a wall to be shot?” I was in my early 20s and at an afternoon family gathering. As we sat on the patio chatting, my aunt — my mother’s older sister — asked my mother this question. I’d known …

Sean Glennon: Count me deflated by NFL’s apparent war on Tom Brady

Friday, November 27, 2015

FLORENCE — The shift in perspective isn’t something fans of professional football ever need to think about. It’s annual, inevitable, encoded in our body clocks. Just as piles of Thanksgiving leftovers disappear from refrigerators in daring midnight raids. Just as the dying season’s stubborn oak leaves partner with cold wind to spin and …

Natalia Muñoz: Sorry, Northampton, is democracy too boring for you?

Monday, November 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Nov. 3 elections in Northampton tell a story of privilege, complacency and amnesia. The vast majority of registered voters didn’t show up because they: • Are happy with the way things are. • Don’t care …

John Sheirer: Assign best police officers to the most important beat: schools

Saturday, November 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the deaths at Virginia Tech in 2007, my little community college in Connecticut had a training session about responding to a campus shooting. Before the session began, my colleagues and I chatted, shuffled papers and made last-minute class plans as we always do before pre-semester …

Marty Nathan: Popular pressure helped stop tar sands oil pipeline

Saturday, November 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Let’s get this straight: the stakes for the climate in the struggle over the construction of the Keystone XL were huge. The victory for the environmental movement and for those at risk of sea level rise, …

Bill Newman: Into the Bernie maelstrom

Friday, November 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At the recent Bernie Sanders rally in Springfield, a woman I met confided she hadn’t been as excited about a presidential candidate since Bobby Kennedy. Her enthusiasm was shared. Six thousand people jammed into the Mass …

Joanne Marqusee & Sanford Belden: CDH’s greatest role is fulfilling mission of providing health care

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As leaders of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, one of Hampshire County’s anchor institutions and Northampton’s largest employer, we recognize how important it is to support the city and its residents. A city and its institutions and residents …

Kathleen McCartney: There is good reason for independent colleges to be tax-exempt

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s proposal to increase city revenues via a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program has generated much discussion in our community. The program asks nonprofits to voluntarily contribute an amount based on the valuation of their tax-exempt property. A strong Northampton is …

David R. Pesuit: Smith College clearly benefits from vital Northampton downtown

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I am a downtown Northampton property owner who remembers the 1970s, when much of Northampton’s commercial and residential downtown was on weak legs. Many downtowns were hurting then. Many never recovered. Nearby malls and mail-order catalogs with lower prices sucked downtowns dry. Smith College is lucky …

Cammie McGovern: A place where anything is possible: Whole Children

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The nonprofit group Whole Children recently honored Cammie McGovern, its founding parent and award-winning author, as its first Disability Awareness Pioneer. This is her acceptance speech. The first time I met Carrie McGee, I thought she seemed very appealing and sweet and a little bit nutty. …

Tsultrim Dolman: My nation, my people’s oppression in Tibet

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A MHERST My name is Tsultrim Dolman and I was born in east Tibet in 1968. I was put in prison when I was teenager and after my release, I escaped by walking to India. I was able …

Vijay Prashad: ‘Rival interests’ twist political landscape in Syria

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Syria, wrote the Irish journalist Patrick Seale, is the “mirror of rival interests.” That was in 1965. The phrase applies today. Not long after the protests began in 2011, rival interests threw themselves into the struggle. There was …