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Cummington’s town election set for Monday
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CUMMINGTON — The annual town election will take place on Monday. Voting will take place at the Community House from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.Among the seats up for election is that of current Select Board chairwoman Eliza Dragon.Dragon opted to leave the Select Board this year, triggering an election for the...
David Katz: Overturning Roe is a disguised attack on women
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In his draft opinion overturning Roe and Casey, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito writes that there is no constitutional right to abortion since there is no reference to abortion in the Constitution. He states further that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment similarly does not provide for...
Art in an unconventional setting: ‘Cellblock Visions’ showcases art made by incarcerated Americans
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Back in the early 1980s, Phyllis Kornfeld, after teaching art for a while in public schools and other settings and not really enjoying the experience, heard about a new federal program designed to bring art instructors into prisons and work with inmates.Living in Oklahoma at the time, Kornfeld, a pa...
Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Playing through the cracks
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I have a friend who almost invariably sees people in a positive light, who seems oblivious to their shortcomings, or at least to not let their imperfections weigh significantly on the scales of his sense of them. We could meet the same person, and I see my friend walking away, saying how wonderful...
A Look Back: May 5
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50 Years Ago■About 30 members of a five-college third-world organization picketed the Administration Building of Smith College yesterday protesting the dismissal of two instructors in the department of Hispanic studies. Carrying signs which read, “Your racist oppression will not go without notice”...
Cummington moves location of Town Meeting
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CUMMINGTON – The location of Friday’s annual Town Meeting has been moved to Pettingill Memorial Field at the pavilion due to COVID-19 cases in town.The decision was made at an emergency noontime meeting of the Select Board on Wednesday. In addition to moving the meeting from the Community House to...
Guest columnist Carl Doerner: An assault on personal rights
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The media have interrupted their coverage of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s carnage in Ukraine and massive new government investment in our arms industry. Imagine weapons lobbyists sitting back in easy chairs with cigars and drinks, having no immediate need to target members of Congress.Presiden...
Milton Hanzel: Mayor LaChapelle is well-informed, forthright
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I worked for Nicole LaChapelle in the 1990s and found her to be competent, well informed, energetic and forthright. She really didn’t mince words, and I liked that. I’ve never heard her say something and thought, “she must be thinking something else.” When LaChapelle was elected mayor of Easthampto...
Jim Bosman: Act on climate change
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The issue of climate change is massive, but inaction is not an option. We cannot simply sit back and wait for others to make a change in their behaviors. Earth Day reminds each of us that it is not only time to work together in support of governmental and business transitions to a clean energy futu...
Guest columnist Rob Okun: Men’s voices urgently needed to defend reproductive rights
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“It’s on us to listen, to speak out, and to take action. Not because women are our mothers, sisters, wives or friends — but because women are people. And all people deserve to control their own bodies.” — Sen. Cory BookerExacerbated by the news that this summer the Supreme Court is poised to overtur...
Rick Last: Support the Fair Share Amendment
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Times are tough, but not everyone is equally affected. The Massachusetts economy works great for those at the top, but that prosperity doesn’t reach everyone. Why is our economy so unfair that the income of our country’s top 10% is nine times greater than the bottom 90%? Income disparities across th...
Dayne Tracy: The not-so-good work of Joe and Kamala
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Yes, Joe and Kamala, keep up the good work. (Gazette, April 29, “Keep up the good work, Joe and Kamala.)” Americans love paying over $4 for a gallon of gas, $4 for a pound for hamburg and $4 for a gallon for milk. We love seeing our borders overrun by people coming in illegally. I am sure the 1 mi...
Scott McMorrow: Questions public access at Quabbin Reservoir
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The state is updating the public access plan for the Quabbin Reservoir watershed. This update however does not make any attempt to address opening up public access to the Winsor Dam or the Enfield Overlook. These two spots are prime sites to fully enjoy the magic of the area.Access was restricted af...
Philip Korman: A vote for public safety and dignity
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This Thursday, every state senator in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to say yes to public safety, fairness, and dignity by voting in favor of the Work and Family Mobility Act. By voting “yes,” the Senate will move us one step closer to joining 16 states and D.C. in giving undocumented resid...
Candace Drimmer: What’s the point of Senate nomination hearings?
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What’s the point of Senate nomination hearings? With the leak of Justice Alito’s opinion to abort Roe v. Wade, what was the point of the Senatorial hearings to ask Supreme Court nominees if they agreed it was settled law? Isn’t it perjury to say yes, when they worked behind the scenes to murder wom...
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