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Ralph Dolan poses for a portrait, Tuesday, in Northampton.


Ralph Dolan: Edwards’ faith reached beyond fire and brimstone

Monday, July 28, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of the columnist’s look at the life of 18th century preacher Rev. Jonathan Edwards. NORTHAMPTON — Jonathan Edwards was described as a “frail, scholarly” youth of 24 when he arrived in Northampton in 1727. He came to succeed his maternal grandfather, the Rev. Solomon Stoddard, as a spiritual leader in this small, frontier community of only 200 families. Life here was short, precarious and full of hardship. The indigenous people were suffering the first traumatic reverberations of a clash of cultures, being pushed around and treated like lower forms of life. How were they ever to understand that … 0

Gustav Niebuhr: The bishop and Abe Lincoln An example of religion’s positive influence on politics

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Founding Fathers had good reasons for explicitly barring government from inserting itself into matters of religion. But nothing in the Constitution forbids a president from consulting with clerics, and meetings between presidents and religious figures have, on occasion, helped shape history. One such time came when an Episcopal Church bishop traveled to Washington from Minnesota to try to persuade Abraham Lincoln to … 0

What’s your elevator pitch?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let’s say you step into an elevator, push the button for the 10th floor, watch the doors slide shut and cast a quick glance at the other passengers in the car. Lo and behold, you spot one of the Koch brothers! No, it’s the CEO of ExxonMobil! Or the CEO of TransCanada, the outfit behind the Keystone XL pipeline! Or maybe it’s President … 0

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Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

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Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Keeping the spark of activism alive

Friday, June 13, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Articles, essays, and columns of any kind about high school and college reunions are famously clichéd and boring. I swore long ago I would never write one. But now I am writing one. I say this so that you can stop reading at this point, should … 1

Get Tasty Top treat while you can

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I can guarantee that with Father’s Day being two days away, ice cream is in my future. As everyone in my family knows, I am a certified ice cream fanatic. And Father’s Day is officially open season on … 4

John Scibak: MIAA fails test of educational priorities with refusal to fix game conflict with SAT date

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Which is it that matters most, academics or athletics? Last Saturday, Hopkins Academy in Hadley and Turners Falls High School were scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Western Mass. Division 4 Baseball Championship … 0

Ray LaRaja & Wouter Van Erve: How representative, really, is Amherst Town Meeting?

Monday, June 9, 2014

AMHERST — A recent commentary here in the Valley lamented that Amherst Town Meeting is a rambling, unfocused mechanism that takes much longer than it should to make decisions. We agree that governing is not terribly efficient in … 5

John Sheirer: Right and wrong ways to back American troops, veterans

Sunday, June 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — During his Memorial Day visit with troops in Afghanistan, President Obama said, “When it comes to supporting you and your families, the American people stand united. We support you. We are proud of you. We stand in awe of your service.” The president has strong personal … 0

Bill Newman: The world of whistle-blowers, as seen through ACLU’s Baldwin Awards

Friday, June 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In mid-May, Edward Snowden expressed regret that he could not be present with us at the ACLU of Massachusetts annual dinner in Boston, honoring whistle-blowers. On the video feed from Moscow he explained — with his … 0

Rich Szlosek: Twists and turns on Pleasant Street in Northampton

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Having grown up on Northampton’s Pleasant Street, especially that section of it that was included in the old “Belt,” I have a special fondness for the thoroughfare. I recently attended a public forum on improving the … 2

Rob Crowner, Steve Randall & Larry Ely: Don’t agonize, solarize

Friday, May 30, 2014

AMHERST — Readers this column know we’re very concerned about our society’s ravenous appetite for energy, because of the inevitably diminishing supply of easily available fossil fuels and because of the effect of its consumption on the climate. We’d like to see more reliance on renewal energy from … 2

Jay Fleitman: Campuses are caving in to students unwilling to hear the views of others

Monday, June 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The academic year is over and college students have graduated or left campus. The unfortunate mark left behind by this last school year was the controversy surrounding prominent commencement speakers who did not get to the … 5

Jonathan Klate: Sorrows of today’s ‘sea around us’

Sunday, June 1, 2014

AMHERST — Many of us will visit the seashore this summer, more conscious there of the rhythms of life’s arrivings and leavings, the ocean’s ceaseless in-drawing and out-flowing echoing our breathing, our sighs. Each wave swells with fullness, … 1