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Mark Zinan: The lighter side of a personal darkness

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the pre historic world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe environment, anxiety is the emotional predator. Let’s leap backwards. To the summer of 1971. For 99.9 percent of the American population, childhood trips to …

Editorial: Super Bowl deflated by NFL’s lengthy probe

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The National Football League’s prolonged investigation of under-inflated footballs allegedly used by the New England Patriots in their 45-7 AFC championship victory has cast an …

Julie Johnson: Hitchcock Center embraces the ‘living’ building challenge

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To get local readers to address climate change, the Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project produces this monthly Bulletin and Gazette column to spark radical planning to …

Letters to the editor of the Amherst Bulletin

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

School’s schedule shift needs closer look To the editor: A proposal to change significantly the curriculum and schedule of the Amherst Regional Middle School is being rushed to the superintendent to meet a deadline mandated by the teachers’ union. A laudable desire to improve students’ learning motivates the …

Editorial: A new leader for Hadley’s police department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Michael Mason, Hadley’s new police chief, knows his department well. He joined the force as a rookie in 2000. Over the last 15 years Mason, who is 36, worked his way up from dispatcher to sergeant while getting to know what it takes to keep Hadley safe, and …

Editorial: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s time

Thursday, January 15, 2015

After a last-minute blip on the screen involving alleged boasting by his domestic partner — a “kerfuffle” as he put it — Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst has been elected to one of the most powerful positions in Massachusetts, president of the state Senate. Given his record over …

Jim Oldham: When the ‘haves’ get help from us all

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I’ve been pleased to read recent columns in these pages critiquing the privatization of public resources and the impact that greed and monopolization of wealth by a small minority has on our society and communities. However, I wish my fellow columnists hadn’t shied away from addressing more explicitly …

Editorial: How a different climate change hampers supply of doctors

Friday, January 9, 2015

For 24 years, Dr. Samuel Gladstone saw patients in a family practice in Amherst. For 22 of those years, the Massachusetts Medical Society tracked the health of this kind of business — and for 17 of those the …

Don Courtemanche: The view from Amity Street

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — New board leadership, new resolutions, new businesses and new developments: 2015 promises to be a year of substantial change in the Amherst area. Allow me a few minutes of your time to bring you up to …

Editorial: Hadley students act to remove racial barriers

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A group led by students at Hadley’s public middle and high school joins a growing number of projects in Valley communities to ease racial conflict. The effort at Hopkins Academy states its mission in its name: the Embrace Diversity Club. That’s a straightforward goal but a tough one. …

Richard S. Bogartz: Let’s keep making the case for single-payer health insurance

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. AMHERST — After dinner with Lulubell, Maribell and Jean-Louis, I said that the facts are in on public single payer health care, all of the …

The myth of ‘public’ and ‘private’

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The accepted distinction between the public and the private has no meaning when seriously viewed. Rhetoric, not reality. A large, vital and expanding part of what is called the public sector is for all practical effect in the …

Jim Oldham: Is Amherst on right side of ‘low pay is not OK’ drive?

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — The title of this column is borrowed from one of the many organizations supporting the national campaign by workers of fast-food chains and big box and convenience stores to win a living wage. I expect many readers support the call for employers to provide fair wages, …