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Michael Shandler: No dialogue on Gaza possible if story only half told

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — In his Aug. 15 Bulletin column, “U.S. support for Israel condemns Gazans to suffer,” Jim Oldham says “like most Americans, I’ve been silent for too long, complicit in the continued crimes against humanity that play out daily in Gaza and the West Bank.” But Oldham only presents one point of view and on that basis states “it is … 0

Steve Bloom: Columnist glosses over Hamas violence

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — How do the lyrics of that old Cole Porter song go? The world has gone mad today / And good’s bad today / … 0

Antonina Griecci Woodsum: Earlier Israeli violence provides context for current conflict

Thursday, August 28, 2014

US aid to Israel given for right reasons To the editor: Jim Oldham’s column, “US support for Israel condems Gazan’s to suffer,” has prompted me … 0

Editorial: Amherst Together stance creates divide

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The woman hired to help Amherst heal its racial wounds said she and other school and town leaders pulled out of last week’s radio forum on the issue for fear that the gathering would feature “race-baiting,” fuel “sensationalism” and foster “insensitivity to the variety of voices and needs … 0

In Close Proximity: In praise of a brilliant machine, the bicycle

Friday, August 22, 2014

NOTE FROM THE Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project: Acknowledging our serious climate change situation, we create this monthly column to spark necessary, radical adaptive planning in population centering, transportation, conservation and agriculture. This month, our contributing associate James Lowenthal discusses a facet of this. Perhaps you are counting on … 0

Editorial: A life lived fully is worth emulating

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tini Sawicki, who died at age 72 last week, left a rich legacy — for her business associates, her family and all who appreciate wringing the most out of life. Sawicki, whose given name was Ernestine, was the longtime owner of Sawicki Real Estate, a business she built … 0

Mindy Domb: Community made the case for expanded PVTA service

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — As we prepare for the start of the new PVTA bus to the Amherst Survival Center on Sept. 2, we want to reaffirm our gratitude to the community for rallying in support of public transportation service to our building. We’re grateful that so many agree that … 0

Jim Oldham: U.S. support for Israel condemns Gazans to suffer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Although this column usually addresses local matters, occasionally the urgency of wider issues justifies a change of focus. I am compelled to write about Israel and Palestine not just because of the devastating violence visited upon the people of Gaza, and not just because our tax dollars and … 0

Editorial: New land trust shapes new solution

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The new Amherst Community Land Trust is counting on public support. Organizers are passionate about making housing more affordable in Amherst. We hope they succeed in bringing this innovative concept to life. The nonprofit trust would assist a prospective buyer by stepping in as a partner to buy … 0

Kumble Subbaswamy: Goal of sharing UMass cost reached in time of cutbacks

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — In a time when many states are divesting from public higher education, the political leaders of Massachusetts had the vision to do just the opposite. By enacting the second year of the “50/50” funding plan for the University of Massachusetts, they have demonstrated a deep understanding … 0

Editorial: Iraqi initiative at UMass helps bridge a gap

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For the past five years the University of Massachusetts’ Civic Initiative of the Donahue Institute has taken part in a cultural exchange that brings Iraqi students to the campus for over a month in the summer. This year, 118 came to the United States thanks to the U.S. … 0

Richard S. Bogartz: Seeing the world as others do

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why can so many people be so inept at giving directions? Why are software and computer manuals often so hard to use? Why is there so much misunderstanding between people in the closest relationships, as couples, parents and children, or supervisors and supervisees? I don’t have complete answers … 0

Richard S. Bogartz: A bit of metaphysics as the ants go marching

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I came home from shopping for borax to treat ants that have been colonizing my kitchen. Immediately Throckmorton came banging at my front door, shouting, “Now I’ve got you, Bogie, now I’ve got you!” Knowing these claims rarely amounted to anything, I opened the door, feeling frustrated at … 0