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Bill Newman: Difficult vital decisions at life’s end

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My mother was seated comfortably in a favorite chair by her bedroom window that overlooked the snow-dusted fields and stands of evergreens behind the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. The gentle late afternoon light of that warm-for-winter day filled the room. Her oncologist was seated on the hassock beside her — a woman doctor who was accomplished, kind, direct, …

Jeffrey Peterson: Smith Vocational — where the ‘skills gap’ gets closed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You may be seeing more and more of these kinds of help-wanted ads popping up across the nation: JOB DESCRIPTION: Someone highly skilled in manufacturing technologies, engineering, electricity, plumbing, automobile repair, animal science or health care. Must be hard working, reliable and able to adapt to ever-changing work environment. Salary: Up to $60,000 year to start. Qualifications: Diploma from a vocational/technical …

Paul Foster-Moore: Me and Enis was just talkin’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So I was driving down this country lane up north past lots of farms with my buddy Enis and we saw this huge Confederate flag plastered conspicuously on the side of a barn and so I asked my buddy, “Enis, is that the flag of the defunct, ill-conceived southern Confederacy?” “Yup,” he says …

John Paradis: Book lovers to the rescue — we hope

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You know that saying, “he’s like a kid in a candy store?” Well, my parents would say this about me: “He’s like a kid in a book store.” Some kids might spend a day fishing or tinkering on a car in the garage. But not me. …

George Courmouzis: Boston’s uphill Olympics bid

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Boston faces two uphill battles in its quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. One is against the majority of the residents of Boston and Massachusetts, who voice concerns about leadership, cost and benefits. The other is against the odds of beating its European contenders. In …

Hwei-Ling Greeney: The right first step: get people housing

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST — Since I both live and work in downtown Amherst, I crisscross both sides of North Pleasant Street multiple times a day. As I walk past CVS, I see a woman with a cardboard sign, asking for money. Her slumped shoulders and weathered face make her look …

Christine M. Flowers: Jenner’s dignity dimmed by cheesecake poses in magazine

Monday, June 8, 2015

So apparently we’re all supposed to be inspired by the Person Formerly Known as Bruce Jenner. We’re supposed to clean up our language so that the correct pronouns are used, we’re supposed to marvel at the “beauty” of that Annie Liebowitz cover, we’re supposed to avoid sexist speculation …

Jeanne Shumway: Don’t cram middle schoolers into Amherst Regional High School

Sunday, June 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Gazette’s brief editorial Thursday was disappointing: not for what it says, but for what it ignores. It rather gushingly praises a proposed change in the basic structure of education in the Amherst regional schools which would house all secondary grades (7-12) in the high school …

John Sheirer: Youth isn’t wasted on the young

Sunday, June 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Commencement ceremonies are a way of life around here this time of year, with our excellent colleges, universities and many fine high schools. Those ubiquitous ceremonies raise an inevitable question about our youth: How will these capped-and-gowned youngsters carry our world into the future as we …

Carl Doerner: Waiting for true account of Robert F. Kennedy’s killing 47 years ago

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — June 6 marks the anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel. The man convicted of the shooting, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, remains in prison. That Sirhan shot at …

Marty Nathan: The $5.5 billion pipeline dinosaur that should never come to life

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Psychological warfare is being waged in Massachusetts towns as natural gas local Distribution Companies (LDCs) declare moratoria on new subscribers until the building of Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct (NED, also known as the Tennessee Gas) …

Kathryn Eiseman: Hearing offers residents chance to sound off on pipeline proposal

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration need to hear from opponents of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline en masse. There are numerous policy decisions being made and proceedings underway at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities that will have a direct impact on …

Richard M. Clifford Sr.: Taking stock of the way three friends, lost too soon, lived their lives

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 tells us, “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under Heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die.” In the past two and a half years I have lost …