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Jay Fleitman: The problems with Donald Trump that Republicans must not overlook

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This past weekend I hosted an event that drew Republican activists from throughout western Massachusetts and the rest of the state. There were a good number of Donald Trump supporters in the crowd. I spent some time at the end of the evening listening to two lawyers who were behind the Trump candidacy. The thrust of their argument was that American voters had put the Republican Party in control of both the Senate and House of Representatives and that we had little to show for it. Trump was the outsider with the strength and fortitude to shake up the government. There are pundits galore who theorize about why the Donald Trump candidacy has …

Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, natural disasters, economic instability, epidemics, racism, and the international immigration crisis — it is so …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal is necessary. Iran’s nuclear program was built on the U.S. government’s Atoms for Peace project …

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 …

Dr. Ira Helfand: Nuclear policy continues to be guided by dangerous myth

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first use of atomic weapons. Ever since then our nuclear policy has been guided by a dangerous myth. For 70 years we have told …

Karen List: Artful action: A look at this year’s grants through the Emily List Fund for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST Romeo and Juliet were once eaten by alligators. Hamlet met a princess though, as anyone familiar with Shakespeare knows, there is no princess in the play. And the actors cannot for the life of them dance. Such …

Jim Palermo: Pope’s message on environment showcases an engaged moralism

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Reactions to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical (“Laudato Si”) expose the absurdity of the idea that there is a separation of religion and state. Such a separation is now, and always has been, illusionary. Prior to the issuance …

Sandra L. Petersen: What’s the point in digging into the Carolyn Gardner case settlement?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST I have been subscribing to the Gazette for over 20 years, largely to learn about what is happening in our community. The stories generally seem to have a point and “news value.” But an article I read …

Jane Gronau: On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, it is time to restore voting rights for all

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This bill was introduced into Congress immediately following the historic clash between black civil rights marchers and white police in Selma, Alabama, when powerful images of police violence were broadcast on TV …

Jay Fleitman: The disturbing Planned Parenthood videos are important to see

Monday, August 3, 2015

It’s been surprising how few people I talk to are aware of the undercover videos that have launched such controversy around the practices of Planned Parenthood. Most media outlets seem to have covered these videos tangentially, approaching the story by leading with the Republican attempt to defund Planned …