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My Turn: Stop dreaming about replacing Biden and get moving to defeat Trump
07-02-2024 6:37 PM

By MICHAEL DOVER

 Presidential “debates” are not debates, they are performances. They say nothing about policies or facts, and little if anything about why one should or shouldn’t vote for the performers. Last week’s debate showed one thing for certain: No one should...

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Sabadosa bill pushes for adaptive headlight technology to reduce glare
07-08-2024 1:57 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

A bill moving through the Legislature will require all new vehicles sold in the state after Jan. 1, 2026 to include adaptive headlights that illuminate the road without shining into the windshields of oncoming drivers.According to the U.S. Department...


Feds eye flood mitigation measures in Pioneer Valley
06-30-2024 8:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE and ALEXA LEWIS

With Massachusetts experiencing its seventh-wettest year on record in 2023 as torrential rainstorms ravaged roads, farms and homes, the federal government, the state and those here in the Pioneer Valley are turning their eyes toward future flood...


The long view: Reflecting on 30 years in local journalism
06-28-2024 3:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the early 1990s, I answered an ad for a reporting job at the Gazette. I had editorial experience — I’d worked as a copywriter, a copy editor, and a proofreader — and I liked writing, but I’d never worked for a newspaper, unless you counted a few...


My Turn: Project 2025 — Republicans’ anti-democratic agenda for America
06-27-2024 5:42 PM

By CARRIE N. BAKER

To know what’s coming if Donald Trump wins the fall election, check out Project 2025, the extreme right’s policy agenda and plan of action for the next Republican president. The Heritage Foundation produced Project 2025 with support from a coalition...


My Turn: Enlightenment might have passed Louisiana by
06-26-2024 5:47 PM

By SUSAN WOZNIAK

The 19th day of June saw Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry sign into a law a requirement that the Ten Commandments be displayed in all public schools. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. Landry is a practicing Catholic.I was...


Stairway to heaven in your own backyard: Summer concerts in the Valley for classic rock enthusiasts
06-21-2024 10:30 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

Last week in Northampton, Lez Zeppelin, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, rocked the stage at Iron Horse Music Hall, bringing an electric and mesmerizing performance to the packed audience.“We are just true to the spirit of the band, which is...


Charlemont Juneteenth event to highlight self-emancipated man’s life
06-17-2024 10:36 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

CHARLEMONT — Being born into slavery in a place called Libertytown is perhaps the ultimate irony.But that’s a significant part of the life story of Basil C. Dorsey, a self-emancipated man whose remarkable quest for freedom will be detailed by local...


Volunteering is in his blood: Four Rivers grad recognized with Young Community Leader Award
06-13-2024 4:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — To say that Sam Whitney likes to play sports might be something of an understatement.At the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, where Whitney graduated this spring, he played soccer, basketball, and the school’s signature...


My Turn: Playing fast and loose with the rule of law
06-12-2024 9:53 AM

By JOHN SHEIRER

About 20 years ago, I was driving the speed limit on Route 9, staying in my lane, keeping a watchful eye, and thinking about the errands I needed to complete that day.Then I saw a black SUV speeding toward me from a side street on my right. I assumed...


My Turn: Dismiss the charges against UMass protesters
06-09-2024 11:46 AM

By BILL NEWMAN

UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes’ decision in early May to call in the cops resulted in the arrest of 130 protesters, including 85 UMass students, six faculty and other members of the Five Colleges community. That decision was wrong — morally, ethically...


Plum boutique, formerly of Greenfield, aims to bring whimsy, joy to Northampton with new space
06-06-2024 10:48 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Several years ago, Heidi Weeks made the decision to go into business with her business partner Tim Fisk, who runs Salon Herdis in Northampton. The two had the idea of opening a boutique shop in Greenfield, where Weeks was living.“Between...


My Turn: Regaining my sense of childlike confidence
06-05-2024 4:37 PM

By JOANNA BUONICONTI

Those who know me, personally, know that I have a very good memory. I always have. I can recall what I wore and what the weather was on this exact day any number of years ago, like a forlorn party trick that people find kind of cool, yet slightly...


My Turn: Animals’ family instincts come to fore as loving pets
05-29-2024 4:36 PM

By SUSAN WOZNIAK

My kids were raised with pets. The first pet arrived before our first child was born. We had just bought a house and I wanted a dog, like the dog our neighbors owned.She was named Boots, and was half German shepherd and half collie. Boots was a like a...


Protesters decrying US role in Gaza siege set flag afire outside McGovern’s office
05-28-2024 8:01 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Protesters angered by Israel’s most recent deadly attack in Gaza brought a metal trash can and an American flag to the sidewalk outside Rep. Jim McGovern’s Pleasant Street office on Tuesday.As passersby honked in support or shouted...


My Turn: Presidents matter — Title IX, sex-based violence and LGBTQ discrimination
05-28-2024 7:14 AM

By CARRIE N. BAKER

U.S. presidents have a tremendous influence on our rights. As head of the executive branch, presidents are responsible for enforcing civil rights laws. Democratic presidents reliably strengthen reproductive rights, enhance protections against sexual...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-24-2024 1:31 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are a...


My Turn: Quabbin bill a bid for ‘more just future for our region’
05-21-2024 5:06 PM

By STATE SEN. JO COMERFORD

 I read Mike Magee’s My Turn column with concern [“Quabbin region will never see any benefits from reservoir,” Recorder, May 13]. Since it was published, I have received messages from constituents asking why I support giving more Quabbin water to...


My Turn: Laurels and the laureate
05-13-2024 6:25 PM

By BILL NEWMAN

This column is about my daughter Jo, her daughters Kobin and Ramona, a horse named Lady and U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón. And it also isn’t.Kobin is 5, almost 6. Ramona is 3, close to 4. Jo, the girls and their dad, Jo’s husband Dean, live in...


Book Review: Reflecting on love and loss: Astrid Lindstrom to read from “Cecilia,” May 17 in Northampton
05-10-2024 3:09 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Astrid Lindstrom shares the joys and the travails of caregiving for a loved one with cancer in “Cecelia.” Lindstrom will talk about her book on Friday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Cancer Connection in Northampton.Cecelia is subtitled “A Memoir of Lesbian...


Valley Bounty: Delivering local food onto students’ plates: Marty’s Local connects farms to businesses
05-03-2024 12:28 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Nick Martinelli, CEO of Marty’s Local, began his career with a stint at the Farm School in Athol, hoping to learn how he might participate in the local agricultural economy. While conducting market research in 2015, he recognized there was a lot of...

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