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Christine M. Flowers: Cosby accusers should have spoken up sooner

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I know that the nuns who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I’ve come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it’s always good to reach out to the suffering, there are times when you have to say, “Sorry, but you waited too long. I can’t help you now.” That’s how I feel about the …

Joe Blumenthal: Thoughts on the demise of the Northampton BID

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nov. 12, 2014, was a sad day for downtown Northampton: Judge John A. Agostini ruled the Business Improvement District “null and void.” Thus ends a long and controversial chapter of our city’s history. The saga revolves around the question of how we care for our precious downtown. Forty years ago it …

Sara Weinberger: Looking for a common religious path in fractured world

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When religion makes the headlines, the focus is on extremism. Religious law is reinterpreted to justify the oppression of others. Religious leaders invoke their moral superiority to enter our bedrooms and condemn everything from homosexuality to birth control. The name of god is invoked to launch wars of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Religious traditions have kept women in abusive marriages, forced …

Jay Fleitman: Singing the bluest state blues

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Blue Massachusetts, the bluest state in the U.S. There is not a single Republican in the congressional delegation, and other than Scott Brown’s short tenure in the Senate, not a single Republican has been elected to …

Stephen Brewer & Stephen Kulik: 1 in 7 Baystate men struck by prostate cancer; answers on high rate needed

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We would like to call attention to a disease that is more common and more lethal than even breast cancer in our state: Prostate cancer has become an epidemic, striking as many as one in seven men. This disease is personal — we are prostate cancer …

Jonathan Klate: Ode to the wonders of autumn

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AMHERST — The downsides of aging are painfully obvious. Physical capacity inexorably diminishes. Bellies soften. Lower limbs gradually crumble. Some things dry out while others clog up. Once easily remembered details slip from an ever more porous mind. …

Bill Newman: Where more than headlines blossom

Friday, October 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It is mid-morning on the last Sunday in September. The day’s newspapers lie open on the table on the deck which overlooks our yard. Sunlight is speckling the garden, lightly touching the cimicifuga. Cimicifuga, also called …

Rich Szlosek: Mustered out by rumors of urban disquiet — Springfield 1965

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As closely as I was following events in Ferguson, Missouri, my interest perked up even more when the National Guard was sent in to keep the peace. I had flashback to my experience in Springfield in …

Rabbi Justin David: The holy refuge of Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When people think of Yom Kippur, which beings Friday evening, phrases like “Most important Jewish holiday,” “Holiest day in the Jewish year” and “Day of Atonement” come to mind. The word “Kippur” actually refers to the literal practice of “atonement.” But actually, the rabbis who lived …

Larry Parnass: Why the Gazette published a series on the planned death of Lee Hawkins

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Editors in the Gazette’s newsroom usually counsel reporters to “write tight” and respect readers’ time. Occasionally stories go long, though, and Laurie Loisel’s series last week about Lee Hawkins did. That brought some questions and complaints …

John Paradis: 5 steps that help veterans make transition to civilian life

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The first thing I wanted to do when I returned from a deployment was hug my spouse and kids. It’s a scene I replayed in my mind every day I was away. Then I just wanted to sleep. …

Annie Turner: Will NFL’s baby steps against off-field violence gain traction?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I had a pastor friend a number of years back who recounted how members of his congregation would speak of the death of an elderly person as “a blessing.” The pastor would then say of various life events, …

Marty Nathan: One climate marcher’s dream: an Environmental Marshall Plan

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The author wrote this essay on the bus returning to Northampton from the People’s Climate March in New York City Sept. 21: The sun is setting, my feet hurt and my back is aching. I am …