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Claire Streeter: A father who tried once before to quit — and must again

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Dear Daddy: I’m writing to talk to you about something extremely important to me, and I’m not sure how to say it in person. I’m writing to talk to you about stopping smoking. I know you’ve been smoking since you were 15. Daddy, I’m worried about you. Smoking is really bad — from the tar in it, to the millions of chemicals. I know you’ve tried to quit …

Kristin Carter:

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Dear Mom: Do you really know just how bad smoking is for you? Not only will it kill you, it is a habit that will cost you a lot of money each year. It affects your hygiene, causing bad breath and smelly clothes. It also causes tons of health problems such as lung cancer — especially if you are a heavy …

Dylan Whitman-Allard: Smokers get a new birthday on the date they stop the habit

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I am writing this essay to ask you, even to beg you, to please quit smoking for me and more importantly, for yourself. I understand that it is hard for you to quit, but it is even harder for me to watch you smoke for all these years. We have seen cigarettes harm too many people in our lives. For some …

In Close Proximity: To frack or not to frack?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — The Sept. 27/28 Daily Hampshire Gazette story “Rate shock” reported that our greater region’s supplier of gas and electricity, National Grid, would increase its electricity rates “by 37 percent over last winter’s rates starting in November....” The story explains that: “The spike is a result of …

Jasper Lapienski: Blue-state revolt: Why he’s glad he voted for Evan Falchuk

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Baker, 48.5 percent. Coakley, 46.6 percent. Falchuk, 3.3 percent. I’m not a Republican, but results like these make me smile: Thanks to the courage and principle of over 71,000 fellow Massachusetts voters, Democrats have been firmly put in their place by democracy. I assure you, I …

John Sheirer: When polar winds blow through Facebook pages

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A recent Pew Research Center study showed that 44 percent of liberals have blocked or unfriended someone on social media for political reasons, compared to 31 percent of conservatives. Some folks are heralding the study as proof that liberals are intolerant. But that interpretation misses an …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: News value and climate change

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The photograph was striking. There on the front page of the New York Times on Nov. 3 were two Kenyan runners about to cross the finish line at the New York Marathon. The two were in full stride and those cheering them on were visible on …

Rich Szlosek: Did FDR have a PR presence in Northampton?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a preschooler, I had a dentist named Dr. Williams. His office was in his house on Elm Street not far from Smith College. The story is that there was a tropical fish tank …

Paul Newlin: Answers to Whately’s town building needs require help from all

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WHATELY — For the past three years, the Whately municipal building committee has been trying to solve two problems. The first concerns our town offices. They are split between different buildings, making communications among departments inefficient. They are …

Jay Fleitman: Let’s exercise caution on Ebola by acknowledging what we don’t know

Monday, November 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was the spring of 1980 and I was an intern in my first year of training working in our hospital intensive care unit. We had a young man and a user of intravenous drugs being supported by mechanical ventilation because of an extensive pneumonia that …

John Bos: Where men help men face the ‘Big C’ in Northampton

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We call it the “Big C” (along with some other things) in our weekly men’s support meetings at Cancer Connection just across Locust Street from Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Cancer Connection is at heart a “living room” where each Wednesday at noon …

Bill Newman: Let science, not fear, guide on Ebola health care workers

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Many scary things — ghosts, goblins and IRS agents — undoubtedly came to your door last evening on Halloween. I like Halloween. I remember as a kid going house to house dressed as a gunslinger, saying, …

David Narkewicz & Alex Morse: To fix our broken bridges, vote no on Question 1

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Willamansett Bridge connecting Holyoke and Chicopee. The Prospect Avenue Bridge in West Springfield. The Puffer Pond Bridge on Mill Street in Amherst. The Wilson Street Bridge in Belchertown. The Eunice Williams Covered Bridge in Greenfield. …