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John Sheirer: Sending good vibes for everyone

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

“Please pray for me.” I see this request on Facebook more often than posts about food, puppies, grandchildren and the day’s weather combined. The reasons for these requests range from poignant to commonplace to outlandish. “Dad is going in for surgery today.” “My little girl has her blood test this morning.” “I see the doctor today at noon.” My heart goes out to these friends without hesitation. Then I read requests like these: “My class presentation is this afternoon — prayers please!” “Please send prayers for my job interview today!” “The plane is about to take off. Please pray for God to hold up the wings!” Okay. My heart flutters, but is it wrong that …

Jay Fleitman: Turkey — the secular country in the middle

Monday, October 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It is with great sadness that we think of the news of the terrorist bombing in Ankara, Turkey. My wife and I had left Istanbul just five days before this terrible event with a great affection for this nation and its people. In some countries that we’ve visited we’ve admired the physical beauty of the nation. For others, it was the …

Marty Nathan: Nikki Haley and the pope

Friday, October 9, 2015

I used to have to wait for inspiration to write about climate change. Now it is most difficult – between the dramatic weather effects and the gathering struggle to stop greenhouse gas emissions – to decide which topic to choose and to find the time to write about it all. I planned to write about the pope’s visit, but then Hurricane Joaquin hit, …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Hungarian official’s professed Christianity does not measure up

Friday, September 11, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — For weeks, the front page of the New York Times has been dominated by what is now seen as the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has seen since World War II. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and war, mostly from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, …

Mac Everett: Yes, old, but not at all in the way: ‘Re-purposing’ to thin the municipal waste stream in Northampton

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Fellow Northampton residents, let’s talk trash! Now that our dump has become a green hillock, what happens to our non-recyclable refuse? Our garbage must be trucked to distant landfills in other communities where it is out of our sight, mind, and reach of Pioneer Valley groundwater. …

John Paradis: What it means to be a patriot

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Today is 9-11. Patriot Day. In 2009, on the eighth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Obama declared this day “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. This day, he said, …

Dave Roitman & Adele Franks: Our times demand more, not less, solar generation

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The net metering debate is capturing attention lately. We think the issue deserves a lot more. Here’s why we, as residents and ratepayers, should care. Net metering gives solar panel users — municipalities, businesses, residents and community solar participants — full credit for electricity generated during …

Joshua Miller: When will the white Valley awake to racial injustice?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was a pleasant summer evening, and my Smith College colleague was standing with two friends on Elm Street in Northampton, just outside residential houses on the campus when a car drove by. The group had just left a lecture that explored the impact of racialized …

Marty Nathan: An oasis in an urban food desert

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I had the pleasure recently to be invited to the garden office of the Springfield nonprofit Gardening The Community. I joined a group of a dozen teens and their adult leaders Ibrahim Ali, Moises Ramos, Dondre Scott, Olivia and Danielle Brown and Gabriella della Croce at …

Andrew Morris-Friedman: Great Pacific Garbage Patch says plenty about America

Monday, September 7, 2015

HADLEY — I am writing in support of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (“Boaters map pacific garbage,” Aug. 23). Pessimistic pundits perceive the patch as a potential problem. But I see the garbage patch as half full, not …

David E. Sullivan: Fighting the stigma of drug addiction

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two themes emerged at last Monday’s vigil on Northampton’s Main Street to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic: heartbreak and resilience. The heartbreak was etched on the faces of the three mothers who stood before a crowd gathered in the growing darkness on the front lawn …

Bill Newman: Taking roads, and trails, less traveled by

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding …

Rekha Basu: Is Hillary Clinton playing it too cool?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — I envy Hillary Clinton’s ability to keep her cool. I wish I knew how she does it. When she walked, characteristically beaming and waving, onto the Des Moines Area Community College stage with Tom Vilsack last week in Des Moines, Iowa, it was as …