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Don Robinson: The United States of impasse

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — It’s Thanksgiving, time to remember our manifold blessings, both personal and communal. We are grateful to occupy such a lovely place in God’s abundant creation, so bountiful, so forgiving. We are thankful for faith and hope, ever renewing, that one day we will be able to break through our stale habits and old ways and find the energy, together, to imagine a life together that is truly new …

Rev. Peter Ives: There’s no place like ... Earth — A Thanksgiving reflection

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Years ago William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, described the whole of Earth as God’s great farm. The earth is the Lord’s, he said. “All the resources of the earth: land, water, minerals, wood, and produce and from this Farm, and the owner is God. We have nothing that we can call our own. We are Tenants only,” Penn said. In the …

Rutherford H. Platt: Loss of Northampton Business Improvement District will cost city and residents

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The demise of Northampton’s downtown Business Improvement District (BID) due to a lawsuit by dissident property owners is astounding and inexplicable. Why would the plaintiffs incur legal fees presumably far exceeding the cost of BID assessments to which they object? Why did the city not “verify” the petition signatures in the first place, or when called into question by the plaintiffs? …

Bruce Watson: A handy guide for disgusted voters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LEVERETT — With another damn election coming up — on a Tuesday again, like who has any free time on Tuesday? — your League of Disgusted Voters has no choice but to offer another damn voting guide. I mean, it’s not like other countries are stupid, right? Some …

Robert A. Jonas: A priest who deserved ‘boundless love’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As I read about the extraordinary spiritual vision of Pope Francis, and reflect on the impact of the synod of bishops at the Vatican, the face of my friend and mentor, Fr. Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), comes to mind. Henri was a Dutch priest, born to a …

Marietta Pritchard: A class reunion worth attending

Friday, October 17, 2014

TO OUR READERS: Starting Nov. 14, Marietta Pritchard’s monthly column moves from the editorial page to a new home in Hampshire Life. AMHERST — I’m not usually enthusiastic about class reunions, and in fact, I’ve managed to avoid all but a few of my own over the years. …

Beth Choquette, Mandy Gerry & Michaela O’Brien: The making of a playground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Bridge Street School started the year last month with a lot to be excited about: new staff, reinvigorated district leadership under our Superintendent John Provost and Chromebooks for students to share and learn basic computing …

Joe Gannon: Goodness vs. greatness in local responses to Middle East conflict

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Gazette carried a story Oct. 4 about the City Council condemning the vandalizing of an Israeli flag hoisted outside a local synagogue. “The resolution characterizes the vandalism as expressions of contempt and implicit and actual violence,” the Gazette reported, “that are the opposite to the …

Adam Fisher: Security and the self: To inform or not to inform

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — My overstuffed basement is not a place I willingly visit, but with the recent kerfuffle about a “confidential [drug] informant” program at the University of Massachusetts, I felt compelled to go. Down in that basement somewhere, …

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: While citizens embraced ‘Silent Spring,’ a poisonous war raged on

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book “Silent Spring, published in September 1962, ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days before it came out, President Kennedy signed his approval for the so-called “rainbow herbicides” (Agents …

John Sheirer: The proud liberal legacy in America

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the strangest aspects of political discussions these days is that the word “liberal” gets tossed around as an insult. Some people even believe that calling someone a liberal automatically wins an argument. They don’t …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The President Obama disappointment index

Friday, October 10, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Seminary professor Tod Bolsinger defines good leadership as “disappointing your people at a rate they can tolerate.” As the pastor of a lively, growing and sometimes hard-to-manage church, I find myself reflecting on that definition frequently because I know I often disappoint my congregation — and …

John Paradis:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting in a community recreation hall outside Baltimore, Maryland, last month, my father, a World War II and Korean War veteran, dined with 67 other New England veterans of his generation following a day in Washington, D.C., as part of a national program called “Honor Flight.” …