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Rob Okun: The White Ribbon Day cause, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Major league baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the It’s on Us initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” the next new cause. Except it’s not. The issue is, though, finally getting sustained media attention. That’s good news. Consider: the international …

Cutting through static: A Hadley homeowner kicks tires on this year’s hefty electricity price hikes (COMMENTARY)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HADLEY — I’m pretty ticked off about my latest residential electric bill — partly because of what I owe, but mostly because of the actions of the Boston commissioners who are appointed by the governor of Massachusetts and his staff to regulate public utilities in the consumer’s interest. Recently, their actions have led …

Steve Herrell: Reset needed on later high school start time in Northampton

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Half of Northampton High School students fall asleep in class. No matter what the course, whether it be calculus or music theory, students don’t learn if they are asleep. In a well-done 2009 survey, under the auspices of the administration, 53 percent of students reported that they fall asleep in class “sometimes” or “often.” Fortunately, by this time, most Northampton school …

P. Craig Browning: Amid all the snow, an appeal from a power chair user: Help us get through

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It seems that nearly every year someone in the area media notes all the wheelchairs out in the middle of the road and wonders why that’s the case. Well, here’s one man’s view of that issue. …

Guest column: What would Confucius say about lack of trust in US government?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the widely revered “Analects of Confucius,” one of his disciples asks him about the essence of good government. Confucius replies as follows: “The requisites of government are that there be a sufficiency of food, enough military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their …

John Sheirer: Diving into the online abortion debate

Sunday, February 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I recently immersed myself in a week-long discussion of abortion while visiting the comment section of a conservative website. I was nearly the only pro-choice voice to stay in the discussion while surrounded by a dozen or so pro-life people, which is fine because we can …

Bill Newman: A Guantanamo prisoner’s own story

Friday, February 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — United States government officials arrange for proxy jailers in a foreign country to arrest a man, who is then held incommunicado, interrogated and tortured. Although our government determines that the factual basis for its requested detention …

Karen Ribeiro, Sarah Partan & Madeleine Charney: Valley chapter of ‘Mothers Out Front’ targets climate change

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AMHERST — The Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front would like to thank Scott Merzbach for his Gazette article on Jan. 22. We appreciate the additional invitation from the Gazette to elaborate on our work. Mothers Out Front is a rapidly growing community of mothers and others …

Alan Scheinman: Don’t let City Hall gamble with future of Northampton’s downtown

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I came to the Valley in 1961, Holyoke was a thriving city. High Street in Holyoke was a far better and more popular place than Main Street in Northampton. Back then, if you predicted Holyoke in its present economically depressed state, you would have been …

Jesse Schwalbaum: Singing the blues for a lost WMUA radio program

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

AMHERST — With all of the crazy things going on in the world right now — the slow and relentless extinction of civilization, the erosion of social and political justice, the disappearance of the idea of a thinking, feeling person not incessantly interacting with technological devices — the …

Pat Hynes: A Vietnam War debt that remains unpaid

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Paris Peace Accords were signed Jan. 27, 1973, making possible a re-united Vietnam. The peace accords ended eight years of the American War (as it is known to the Vietnamese) and two prior decades of …

Joseph S. Larson: How an historic Amherst farmhouse won a new lease on life

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

AMHERST — In December 2013, University of Massachusetts administrators informed the Massachusetts Historical Commission of its intent to demolish the large historic farmhouse located at 809 North Pleasant St. in Amherst. The farmhouse is carried on UMass records …

Batya Bauman: What would Gandhi do on Groundhog’s Day?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

AMHERST — “Groundhogs” are woodchucks, so let us call them by their correct name. Some are rudely awakened prematurely from their hibernation by naughty humans this time of year. “Groundhog” Day occurs when woodchucks, at least in the …