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Sara Weinberger: Really, America? Too afraid to do the right thing?

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember as a child on Yom Kippur watching those in my synagogue beating their chests with clenched fists as they chanted an alphabetized list of transgressions, ranging from gluttony to gossip. When I became too cool to sit next to my parents, my friends and I stood in the back of the sanctuary, mockingly punching each others’ chests, chuckling as we recited this alphabet of evil deeds. What I remember most was the transgression corresponding to the letter “x.” Each year, when we made it down to “x,” we would point to the word that sent us into “preadolescent” giggles — “xenophobia.” Each year we wondered what the meaning of this strange …

Michael Dover: My mother, the refugee — and lessons from her life

Friday, November 27, 2015

LEVERETT — “Frances, do you remember the time we were all lined up against a wall to be shot?” I was in my early 20s and at an afternoon family gathering. As we sat on the patio chatting, my aunt — my mother’s older sister — asked my mother this question. I’d known …

Sean Glennon: Count me deflated by NFL’s apparent war on Tom Brady

Friday, November 27, 2015

FLORENCE — The shift in perspective isn’t something fans of professional football ever need to think about. It’s annual, inevitable, encoded in our body clocks. Just as piles of Thanksgiving leftovers disappear from refrigerators in daring midnight raids. Just as the dying season’s stubborn oak leaves partner with cold wind to spin and …

Jonathan Klate: Inside the ‘deep feeling states’ of the presidential candidates

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My staff of psychics has recently explored the unspoken deep feeling states of the presidential aspirants in order to discern their true emotions in regard to the status of their campaigns. Please don’t ask how this is done. …

Is yet another UMass building in jeopardy?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Another construction fence has been erected along North Pleasant Street on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Behind it stands the 1885 West Experiment Station, where pioneering chemical research led to formation of today’s national network of Agricultural Experiment Stations in every state and U.S. Territory. The fate …

Ezra Parzybok: Confessions of a cannabis consultant in Northampton

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Tuesday, the author of this commentary received 90 days of probation from Northampton District Court in connection with a marijuana growing and distribution operation that police raided in September. The following are excerpts of a …

Jay Fleitman: The Hillary Clinton I see running

Monday, November 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Current political spin is pushing the narrative that the last two weeks put the Hillary Clinton campaign back on track. Supposedly starting with a successful appearance at the Democratic Party debate, followed by her “masterful” handling of the Benghazi Congressional hearing and ending with Joe Biden’s …

Ann McFeatters: WHO isn’t the only one telling us what to eat

Sunday, November 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — This is a story about steak and bacon, cancer and ethanol, and expectations. Meat-eaters (most of America, except for the health-conscious Obamas and obsessively thin, rich women) got another body blow when the World Health Organization warned last week that processed meats (our adored bacon and …

Jim Lescault: Amherst Media’s dream not dead, but poor fundraising climate proving barrier

Friday, October 30, 2015

AMHERST — Many probably read recent articles on Amherst Media and the land we purchased. Let me fill you in on the details of what has been an exciting and challenging year for Amherst Media. In 2010 Western Mass Electric Co. (now Eversource) did not renew our lease …

Craig Addis: Tale of a Northampton nonprofit that has for years given back to the community

Thursday, October 29, 2015

FLORENCE — I am dismayed by Northampton’s proposed PILOT program to squeeze tax dollars from the wrong sources in the community. I teach a class for Hill Institute, a part-time position. Trying to get payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) funds from that institution and some other nonprofit …

Andrew Morehouse: The reality of child hunger — right here

Thursday, October 29, 2015

HATFIELD — Is child hunger a myth? Bill O’Reilly of the O’Reilly Factor certainly thinks so and said so earlier this month on Fox News. We have a serious societal challenge on our hands when there are people in important positions of influence who believe that children do …

Richard T. Chu: Don’t hold design hostage to history in Northampton

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I’ve been a resident of Northampton for 11 years. I’m happy to see that Pulaski Park is being renovated. A city needs a public space where people can gather and feel they belong to a community. …

Adam Fisher: The case for ‘implausible deniability’

Monday, October 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At $35,000 per weapon and $55 per round, the XM25 “smart grenade launcher” is scheduled for renewed testing by the U.S. Army early next year. And the BBC article detailing the capacities and wonders of this …