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Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Essay: What we did on our summer vacations. … The nation’s smoldering seams of inequality, injustice, unequal treatment under the law and unresolved racism roiling our society-in-denial violently erupted, again. … Methane vents are fracturing the northern regions as the polar ice vanishes and the tundra thaws, giving wings to the galloping dragon of catastrophic climate change. … Gaza City, comprising about the same area as Northampton but the most densely populated place on Earth, has absorbed bombardment comparable to the explosive tonnage of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, destroying 17,000 homes and leaving 100,000 homeless. At least 600 of the slaughtered are children. The entire U.S. Congress and many friends and family agree … 0

Joseph R. Blasi: American labor must recover its lost fair share of economic gains

Sunday, August 31, 2014

For Labor Day, let’s talk bluntly about labor’s fair share of the profits and of the productivity of the economy. The hard truth is that labor, meaning the middle class, is not receiving its fair share. There is no clear-cut reversal of the middle class’s declining fortunes in sight and no new ideas on the big radar screen. From the end of World … 0

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Perhaps you are counting on technological solutions to our environmental woes. So imagine an invention, a brilliant machine, that can transport people and their favorite belongings and their children and their groceries; that’s great for your health instead of causing asthma and obesity; that doesn’t emit greenhouse gases; that can be locally assembled and simply maintained; and that lets you smell … 3

Rick Hood: Amherst commitment to school equity real, growing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee did the right thing by meeting this week. Dr. Amilcar Shabazz did the right thing by apologizing at that meeting. But there is more to be said about this. This situation was not a failure of the chairs of the committees; … 0

What the Second Amendment intended

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment. But what does it mean? History offers some surprises: It turns out in each era, the meaning is set not by some pristine constitutional text, but by … 3

Jay Fleitman: Columnist responds to letter about IRS investigation

Monday, July 14, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a response by Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman to the writer of a recent letter. The letter-writer took issue with a July 1 column by Fleitman about the investigation into Lois Lerner of the … 0

Irv Rhodes: Amherst must find and embrace its moral center

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to several articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin concerning incidents taking place mainly at the Amherst Regional High School and one reported incident at the middle school. I come from a large extended family composed of different races and … 1

John Sheirer: ‘We the neighborhood’ feels like sound political philosophy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the Fourth of July, my wife Betsy and I walked the hilly driveway to our neighbors’ house. Using the key that they had left for us, we let ourselves in so we could water their plants and feed their cat while they were away for … 0

Carl P. Leubsdorf: GOP’s trouble with Hispanic vote in 2016

Friday, July 11, 2014

Republicans are once again criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration. Despite a lot of talk, the GOP has done nothing to improve its dire political standing with Hispanics. Within days of Mitt Romney’s decisive 2012 defeat, GOP leaders agreed they needed a more positive approach to the … 1

John Paradis: Just me, myself and I — happily unplugged in our antic age

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I run as much for my mental health as I do for physical exercise. I get on a trail and it’s my time alone. I focus on the moment. It’s my Zen time to treasure — … 0

Kathleen Anderson:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — The recent memo from school committee chairs denouncing Amilcar Shabazz’s recent comments at a meeting of the Schools Equity Task Force comes across as an incitant document. It is an example of what social justice and anti-racism professional practitioners could describe as an example of white … 3

Elizabeth S. Chilton: Public-minded archaeology, as practiced at UMass, thinks beyond monetary value

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to a recent editorial (“Native artifacts should be public treasures,” July 4) and articles by Kathleen McKiernan (“Deerfield farmer wants UMass to return ‘several thousand’ Indian relics,” July 1, and “Deerfield panel … 1

Jim Palermo: 'Something is fundamentally wrong when government is more concerned about the rights of corporations than those of individuals'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

There is something fundamentally wrong when a government of, by and for the people becomes more concerned about the rights of corporations than the rights of individuals. In legal parlance the use of the term “person” has long been … 0