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Guest columnist Jonathan Klate: A closer look at gun madness in America
05-03-2023 7:40 PM

By JONATHAN KLATE

There are more guns than humans in the U.S., about 120 per 100 people. The next highest percentage in any country, the Falkland Islands, is about half of ours. You probably already know this.But did you know that 3% of American gun owners possess...


Guest columnist Ray Ahearn: Russian spy machine perhaps not as effective as TV series
05-03-2023 7:40 PM

By RAY AHEARN

The “Americans,” the 1980s TV series which ran for six years, was one of my favorite shows of all time. This drama featured two Russian spies masquerading as northern Virginia travel agents with orders to steal intelligence secrets to send back to...


Guest columnist Susan J. Tracy: Gun bills promise to make state safer
04-30-2023 11:36 AM

By SUSAN J. TRACY

In addition to the recent carnage in Nashville, last spring 18-year-old shooters in separate incidents killed 10 adults in Buffalo, New York, and 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, 10 days apart. Both shooters were using semiautomatic...


Guest columnist Lisa Goldsmith: The antidote is connection
04-25-2023 3:25 PM

By LISA GOLDSMITH

You may have seen recent articles regarding the TikTok trend promoting BORGs, or Blackout Rage Gallons, which are jugs filled with alcohol, mixed with water and an electrolyte drink. As members of your local coalitions focused on promoting healthy...


Guest columnists Rebecca Fricke and Meg Gage: Envisioning Amherst’s new elementary school
04-25-2023 3:25 PM

By REBECCA FRICKE and MEG GAGE

Classrooms infused with daylight and fresh air, small group learning spaces, a positive learning environment for children of all backgrounds and abilities. This is our vision for the new Amherst elementary school building, and we hope you will join us...


Guest columnist Weston Dripps: 
04-24-2023 1:42 PM

By WESTON DRIPPS

I feel compelled to offer a few key facts relevant to the April 3 guest column, “Amherst College’s tree problem” that didn’t make it into the final column. The piece suggested that sustainability isn’t top of mind when it comes to the college’s...


Guest Columnist Michael Carolan: 
04-20-2023 3:47 PM

By MICHAEL CAROLAN

A fine article [“A Relic Returned,” Gazette, March 29] regarding the return of Justus Dwight’s powder horn to Belchertown’s Stone House Museum, whose Tom Stockton was among representatives receiving items that were stolen 50 years ago.It’s important...


Guest columnist John McVeigh: Kudos to new Hilltown ambulance director
04-13-2023 5:31 PM

By JOHN MCVEIGH

So for many years I have been complaining about the direction that Hilltown Community Ambulance Association was going in with their former director and some board members, publicly, privately and recently at Huntington’s Annual Town Meeting last June....


Guest columnist Jonathan Kahane: What I’ve learned from a lifetime of banking
04-12-2023 6:23 PM

By JONATHAN KAHANE

I have been rather surprised about the paucity of columns and letters on the opinion page from Gazette readers concerning the latest banking crisis, which has affected the neighborhood and the world at large, for that matter. My assumption is that...


Guest columnist Mariel Addis: Mad as hell and scared
04-12-2023 6:23 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

Ever been mad as hell and scared to death at the same time? Well, lately I have been, and it is not a great or happy combination.I watch the news on TV, listen to NPR on the radio, and see seemingly countless news items on Facebook, primarily from red...


Guest columnist James Levine: Children need patience, care to escape grip of trauma
04-10-2023 1:29 PM

By JAMES LEVINE

‘Childhood trauma.” We hear these words so often that they’ve lost any kind of concise meaning. Virtually all children confront disturbing experiences, and rates of their diagnosed mental struggles have increased significantly, but not every one of...


Guest columnist Lauren Rollins: Northampton’s economic future in hands of local banks 
04-09-2023 1:03 PM

By LAUREN ROLLINS

Scores of Northampton residents gathered at the corner of King and Main streets last month to protest the installation of a new sign over the former Silverscape building. The “centerpiece of Northampton” was officially sold to JP Morgan Chase last...


Guest columnist Rev. Peter Kakos: Can Easter enlighten the nuclear crisis?
04-07-2023 3:27 PM

By THE REV. PETER KAKOS

According to one Biblical Easter account, when Jesus appeared to his followers, now frightened that Roman crucifixion would be their fate as well, his first word to them is one that is spoken to this day as a greeting across the world by three of the...


Guest columnist Britt Crow-Miller: Amherst College’s tree problem
04-03-2023 4:32 PM

By BRITT CROW-MILLER

As an Amherst resident living in a residential neighborhood where all but a few properties are owned directly by Amherst College, I am deeply concerned with how Amherst College manages its off-campus property when it comes to trees.The Amherst College...


Northampton Climate Coalition: 
04-02-2023 2:56 PM

By ADELE FRANKS

Nine months ago, with the climate emergency escalating, Climate Action Now brought together organizers from climate action groups in the city of Northampton to discuss a burning question: “What meaningful action can we take here in the city in which...


Guest columnists Renee Seacor and John Maguranis: Coexisting with coyotes takes a consistent community response — not sharpshooters
04-02-2023 2:56 PM

By RENEE SEACOR and JOHN MAGURANIS

City dwellers take many forms. In Boston and cities across Massachusetts, hundreds of different species call our cities home, including foxes, raccoons, bald eagles and coyotes.It’s surprising for most urban dwellers to learn that species such as...


Guest columnist Alan Kanner: Another state of the union address: Democracy in danger 
03-30-2023 12:44 PM

By ALAN KANNER

Two months after Biden’s State of the Union address here is another address and it is evident that another State of the Union be heard.Ladies and gentlemen, I want to inform you that the State of the Union has weakened. Not since the time of the Civil...


Guest Column: Time to reflect on the roots of Eventide
03-29-2023 6:42 PM

By JOHN BOS

‘Let music charm me last on earth, and greet me first in heaven.”One book I am reading right now is “Staring at the Sun” by Irvin D. Yalom. He affirms that self-awareness is a supreme gift, a “treasure as precious as life. This is what makes us...


Guest columnist Mariel E. Addis: Tying up loose ends
03-27-2023 6:16 PM

By MARIEL E. ADDIS

The brief bio that has graced the end of most of my Gazette essays mentions how I left the area for 16 years and returned in 2013. Some may wonder where I was during those 16 years.After brief stints in Wakefield, Rhode Island and Olean, New York, my...


Guest columnists Madeleine Para and Linda Butler: A lot to love about the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate solutions
03-27-2023 6:16 PM

By MADELEINE PARA and LINDA BUTLER

The long slog of lawmaking in Congress isn’t exactly riveting to the average American.But once those laws take effect? People start paying attention and getting excited as they see the benefits show up in their lives.That’s especially true with the...

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