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Later start time can be achieved without cuts

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Students at Northampton High School, where I am a student, deserve a later start time. School presently begins at 7:30 a.m. and busing starts at 6:35 a.m. That’s why I wanted to address the Feb. 27 article, “Later start at Northampton High unlikely because of cost.” I have heard the notion circulated that later start time advocates are in favor of cutting arts, athletics, and Advanced Placement courses …

Bill Newman: When law enforcement bends rules on interrogation

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a news report this week made me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, operate a secret interrogation facility in a non-descript warehouse called Homan Square. Prisoners – juveniles, …

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 …

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 …

John A. Provost: A public investment that pays off: schooling

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A recent guest column concerning the local impact of the proposed affordable housing project at the site of the former Pleasant Street lumber yard included an analysis of the potential consequences for the school budget (Barry Roth, “Let’s calculate future costs of CDC project,” Jan. 31-Feb. …

Stan Schapiro: Affordable housing, and education, begins at home

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To the editor: I am most taken aback by the guest column written by Barry Roth, “Let’s calculate future costs from CDC project.” Roth writes that the affordable housing project planned for the former Northampton Lumber location will likely house approximately 30 schoolage children who, at $12,500 per …

Jay Fleitman: Reading the tea leaves on Netanyahu’s visit to Congress

Monday, February 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, has extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on his views of the negotiations between the Obama administration and the Iranian government over the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu has accepted. All …

Florence R. Sullivan & J. Camille Cammack: Testing our schools into the ground

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Our schools’ testing season is once again upon us and with this new testing season comes new proposed federal regulations that seek to increase the already high-stakes nature of this testing. Testing has long been a part of education and schooling. But it is only since …

Gordon Shaw: Why public investment is critical to Valley CDC project in Northampton

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the Northampton City Council prepares to vote Thursday on approval of community preservation funds to develop affordable housing on the site of the former Northampton lumber yard, the Northampton Housing Partnership offers some context on whether this is an appropriate project to support. From the …

Barry Roth: Let’s calculate future costs of Pleasant Street project

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I am a longtime supporter of the Community Preservation Act and believe it serves a valuable function to enhance historical preservation, affordable housing, parks and recreation and open space. That said, I believe its funds would be used improperly as a down payment for the Valley …

Let the conversation begin

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The show must go on, as they say — until it’s gone on long enough. On Jan. 14, the student-run Project Theatre group at Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” opting instead to write and produce a …

Mark Zinan: The lighter side of a personal darkness

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the pre historic world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe …