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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 Parenthood without really exploring the content of the videos that triggered the effort, or else reporting on the protestations by political allies of Planned Parenthood over the methods used to obtain these videos. If you have at all missed this, the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical Progress built a sting operation by creating a counterfeit private company that was presented as being in the market to …

Bill Newman: Difficult vital decisions at life’s end

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My mother was seated comfortably in a favorite chair by her bedroom window that overlooked the snow-dusted fields and stands of evergreens behind the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. The gentle late afternoon light of that warm-for-winter day filled the room. Her oncologist was seated on the hassock beside her — a …

Jeffrey Peterson: Smith Vocational — where the ‘skills gap’ gets closed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You may be seeing more and more of these kinds of help-wanted ads popping up across the nation: JOB DESCRIPTION: Someone highly skilled in manufacturing technologies, engineering, electricity, plumbing, automobile repair, animal science or health care. Must be hard working, reliable and able to adapt to ever-changing work environment. Salary: Up to $60,000 year to start. Qualifications: Diploma from a vocational/technical …

John O. Fox: Put undergraduate housing on UMass campus, where it belongs

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

AMHERST — For years, a central debate in Amherst, and Town Meeting, has been how to address the demand by University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduates for off-campus housing near the school. Many people believe that the demand can be appropriately handled in good part with more infill — …

Jay Fleitman: The court decision that pushed back on centralized governmental power

Monday, July 6, 2015

Big headlines followed recent Supreme Court decisions on King v. Burwell, which allowed for continued federal subsidies of health insurance policies under Obamacare, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which created a national right for same-sex marriages in the U.S. Hidden by the public glare of these two rulings were …

Thondup Tsering: A global leader for peace, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, turns 80

Sunday, July 5, 2015

AMHERST — Today, Monday, is the 80th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Tibetans and their supporters will be celebrating and rejoicing this special occasion with great fervor. Already we have seen several mega-celebrations in India. Even Tibetans in occupied Tibet, despite the Chinese ban, …

Bill Newman: Work still needed to ensure full LGBT equality

Saturday, July 4, 2015

America is a freer country today than it was before June 26, 2015, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Since 2011, with the demise of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gays and …

Steve Randall: The shape of class in America

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The market system has built-in mechanisms to ensure that employees’ total compensation does not “get out of hand” (from the capitalists’ viewpoint) … and that employees will dutifully take the command and direction of their bosses at work. The critical key to both these constraints on employees is …

Jody Kasper: In modern policing, officers must be far more than ‘enforcers’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are excerpts from Jody Kasper’s remarks upon taking office Tuesday as chief of the Northampton Police Department. NORTHAMPTON — Over the past few weeks, when news of my selection as police chief became public, …

Stan Rosenberg: How Bay State helps lead the US, once again

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — In one historic 48-hour burst last week, the Supreme Court affirmed what we here in the commonwealth know well: Massachusetts is a trailblazer for equal rights and social justice in the country and the world. On Thursday, the court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a law …

Amy Wasserman: Despite programs, some local students not getting enough to eat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PELHAM — One recent morning as I was writing a check out to the middle school for a coming field trip, it occurred to me that the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is paying for radio advertising and building a huge addition to accommodate more grades. How …

Clare Higgins: Obamacare’s Republican roots

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON— The Supreme Court has spoken – and Obamacare lives! Chief Justice Roberts, no friend of the president, wrote the majority opinion that allows the Affordable Care Act to stand. There has been the hope for repeal on the right, and a single-payer system on the left, but …

Adam Fisher: The idea of racial reconciliation in America

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Here’s another column about racism you do not need to read. In the emotional tsunami that rose up after June 17 fatal shooting of nine black members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, …