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Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: A call for united effort to improve Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As others have recently pointed out, Easthampton’s municipal budget will be challenging for the coming year. This has been the case in most communities in the Commonwealth, particularly since the economic crisis began in 2008. State tax revenues are down as a result of lost jobs and decreased corporate profits. Cities and towns have not seen increases to their property tax revenues because of sluggish growth in new … 1

Adam Fisher: When healing does occur

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last month’s disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the mudslide that decimated Oso, Wash., brought sorrow and confusion. As quickly as the search for meaning set in, so too did the words “healing” and “closure.” When retailed in the midst of crisis, these words strike me as uncaring, spoken by … 0

Steve Herrell: School start-time issue in Northampton will not just fade away

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At the conclusion of a five-year effort involving hundreds of people in Northampton, including psychologists, parents, pediatricians, sleep experts and students, and after seven forums and countless speeches and editorials, the Northampton School Committee on June 13, 2013, passed this resolution: “The School Committee directs the superintendent to implement a later … 4

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More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

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Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

Rutherford H. Platt: A tale of two urban parks

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Among the world’s great urban streetscapes, there are few rivals to Chicago’s Michigan Avenue where an escarpment of landmark buildings to the west faces a collage of parks and the fabulous Chicago Art Institute to the east, with Lake Michigan beyond. Dedicated in 1836 to remain … 0

Bruce Watson: Pothole primer

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

LEVERETT — Driving is always dicey in this part of the world, what with thousands of drivers having been to Boston and some even raised there. Throw in our twisted two-lanes, texting teens and the old New England attitude of “we don’t need no stinkin’ street signs” and … 0

John Sheirer: Bumper sticker battles over Obamacare

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Republican friend recently showed me his new bumper sticker: “Obamacare only works for people who don’t.” He beamed. I gave him a questioning look. “Obamacare is just another giveaway to lazy people,” he explained. “You paid money for that?” I asked. “No,” he gushed. “I … 1

Denise Pinardi: Driver caught in ‘Blarney Blowout’ mourns state of higher ed

Monday, March 10, 2014

AMHERST — I was one of about 10 drivers attempting to drive past the Hillel Tower just off the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when we were enveloped in a huge group of … 0

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Why I am taking a new Lenten challenge

Friday, March 7, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Christians are observing the holy season of Lent — the time when we “walk” with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross. The 40 days of Lent (culminating in “Holy Week” with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter) are a time of reflection, deepening prayer, … 0

Rich Szlosek: Northampton has its fame, but still lacks hall to put it in

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I can certainly count on one hand the number of times I have quoted Lewis Carroll in my life. But this morning it seems to be the appropriate thing to do. So, here goes. “Oh frabjous … 1

Don Lesser: Not ready to count Hillary out as presidential timber

Thursday, March 6, 2014

AMHERST — While my sympathies are in line with columnist Jonathan Klate, and my politics more in sync with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, I must disagree with his argument (“Not ready for President Hillary,” Monday). Hillary Clinton … 8

Dan Kaplan: Bridging the gap on farmland — an In Close Proximity essay

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Each month the In Close Proximity column, created by the Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project, discusses an aspect of relocalization, a process governments and citizens can use to create green land use, agriculture, manufacturing and transportation. The group’s associate, … 0

For patients, we need to take more care

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

As we celebrate National Patient Safety Awareness Week, we should ask ourselves why so many doctors are violating the Hippocratic Oath: “First Do No Harm.” It’s what newly minted physicians promise when they graduate from medical school. But it’s a promise that too often goes unkept, with lethal … 0

Steven J. J. Weisman: Easy fix for IRS on ID theft

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AMHERST — The good news, according to the Internal Revenue Service, is that its crack teams of forensic accountants prevented the payments of $1.5 billion in fraudulent tax refund checks last year. The bad news, however, is that … 0