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Darien Gardner: For those with chronic pain and illness, self-starvation just one method to end one’s life

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In most cases a pet owner is doing the good and right thing by having their beloved pet put down to save it from needless and lengthy suffering, and similarly, in most cases human beings are doing the good and right thing by ending their lives for the same reasons. But in the same circumstances, the medical profession may do nothing for us. Even if the pain goes … 0

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the course of 18 days, the Israeli assault on Gaza cost over 1,000 Palestinian lives, with many thousands wounded. Gaza’s infrastructure has been pummeled — its water and sewer systems, its hospitals and its schools have been rendered inoperative. Jens Laerke of the United Nation’s humanitarian agency says, “Our aid workers on the ground report that people in Gaza are … 1

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 … 0

Malini Mehra: Smith College must not become debate-free zone

Saturday, June 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last month I came back to Smith, a quarter century after graduation. Talk of the Lagarde Affair was all around and I reflected on my own commencement speaker from 1989. John Kenneth Galbraith was a noted … 4

Reg Henry: Recollections of a father who gave and gave

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last Sunday, the world’s oldest man died. He was Alexander Imich, a Polish-born psychic researcher, and he lived at a senior residence in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. Somewhere there’s a new world’s oldest man, as if that guy didn’t already have enough to worry about. … 0

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