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Marietta Pritchard: More than meets eye, sometimes, in a classified ad

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — It’s an old habit from working at a newspaper, looking at the classified ads in search of a possible story. The suggestion came early in my career from a much more experienced editor, who knew that within the cryptic prose of an ad there was often something else lurking — an intriguing human story, an economic trend. When I first joined the Gazette, it was the result of responding to a classified ad. Later, when I left the paper to become a freelancer, I scanned those same ads in search of work. Rarely was anyone looking for a writer or editor, but just in case. More recently, from an online source called LinkedIn, …

Jonathan Kahane: A walker’s lessons along the Northampton bike path

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Much to my wonderment and occasional dismay, I have become a “regular walker” on the bike path as part of my daily exercise regimen. I surely have seen every possible form of human-propelled non-motorized conveyance and have crossed paths with a wide assortment of the human race. I have even become friends with some! Though most of my travels have been …

Charles Bowles & Peter Whalen: Northampton BID struggles to fend off unproductive legal challenge

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest column concerning the Northampton Business Improvement District was written by Charles Bowles and Peter Whalen — the group’s chairman and treasurer — and other members of the board of directors. NORTHAMPTON — Imagine a Northampton without Sidewalk Sales. Without Restaurant Week. Without sidewalks plowed in the winter or cleaned in the summer. Without holiday lights or hanging flowers. …

Margaret Christie & Philip Korman: When local food producers go big

Monday, August 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — Demand for locally grown products by larger buyers, such as retailers, restaurants and institutions, is increasing in our region, and that is welcome news. A recent Gazette story, “Big food retailers going local,” highlighted the efforts of a few large buyers, BJ’s and Big Y, to …

A Gaza exchange: Gazette guest columnists debate issues of international law

Monday, August 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week on this page, the Gazette published guest columns by Howard Friel of Northampton (Aug. 11) and Mordechai Kamel of Easthampton (Thursday). Friel is an author and Kamel is a retired surgeon who now practices … 1

Sara Weinberger: A visit to family home the Holocaust took away

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I spent the evening of July 31 at Logan Airport, waiting to fly to Krakow, Poland, to join my daughter on a journey to discover my deceased mother’s past. My mother, Irena Schenker, grew up in a country that would lose about 3 million of its … 7

Marietta Pritchard: First that and now this? When bad things come in multiples

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Despite his education in a rational tradition, my father was slightly superstitious. He didn’t like spilled salt, he spoke of omens and he had, so he believed, a lucky necktie. Immediately after the first few times …

Marc Warner: Planned $2.25 million rail underpass in Northampton wastes public money

Friday, August 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — About 10 years ago, nationwide attention turned toward a planned bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island in Alaska. To the construction companies that would build it, and the Alaska congressmen who pushed for federal funding, the bridge seemed like a great idea. To pretty much everyone … 3

Mordechai Kamel: Critics apply a double standard when assessing Israel’s defense

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — I must comment on Howard Friel’s guest column Monday, “On Israel’s asserted right of self-defense,” and will begin with a question that Amos Oz, one of the founders and leaders of the Israeli Peace Movement for … 1

Bruce Watson: Marking history with a Hallmark sentiment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LEVERETT — Hey there History! Happy anniversaries! With a second Cold War looming and an umpteenth Iraq War on hold, history is haunting us this summer. And because our past is now cluttered with wars, battles and other earth-shaking events, this strange summer has also seen a strange …

Jody Young: Time for Northampton to ban the plastic bag

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What do the American communities of Nantucket, Great Barrington, Brookline, Manchester by the Sea, Albany, Austin, Seattle, Honolulu, Maui, Berkeley, Long Beach, Malibu, San Francisco, and even Los Angeles have in common? They’ve all instituted bans … 1

Sarah Buttenwieser: Why midwife Judie Brock’s reputation preceded her

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Judie Brock was the first midwife to catch a baby at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in 1982. Her ability to assist families with the birth of their children was part of a watershed for women having babies …

John Sheirer: The wisdom (or lack thereof) of taking President Obama to court

Sunday, August 10, 2014

To the editor: Those of us fortunate enough to experience the blessings of the Norwottuck Rail Trail need to exercise common sense in its use. The trail is inherently multi-use, frequented by individuals and groups, of commuters on bikes, dog walkers, bird watchers and runners. To ensure a …