Back Talk: Time to Unite Under Trump?
Nov28

Back Talk: Time to Unite Under Trump?

Time to Unite? Was Peter Vancini’s Nov. 24-30, 2016 column “Between the Lines: One Nation Under Trump?” the kick in the pants you needed to get over your Clinton funk or the musings of a dreamer?   Great thoughts on joining together at Thanksgiving instead of discussing political issues — we should be united, we are the United States of America! — Mike Lamontagne, Turners Falls   Congratulations on the subject article. Very...

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Back Talk: Cyclists Beware and Holyoke Charter Schools
Oct10

Back Talk: Cyclists Beware and Holyoke Charter Schools

Vertical Grates a Danger to Cyclists The last part of my bicycle commute from Greenfield to Gill is the Gill-Montague Bridge. I had been enduring black hole potholes, asphalt that was worn down to dirt, and trucks and cars barrelling within feet of me. My vision of trips on a designated bike trail, with an unclenched jaw and leisurely glances at the river beneath were immediately shattered when I saw that they had installed vertical...

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Between the Lines: New Beginnings
Jun20

Between the Lines: New Beginnings

When we set out to reinvigorate the Valley Advocate a little more than a year ago, we had some goals in mind. We wanted to bring our venerable newspaper back to its roots: alternative stories, for alternative people — and some mainstream folks who are still cool. We decided that we should strive to give voice to the voiceless and tackle topics other news agencies have missed. But we also wanted to remain strong allies of the local...

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Back Talk: ‘As a firearm-owning gay man, I thank you!’
Jun20

Back Talk: ‘As a firearm-owning gay man, I thank you!’

Guns ‘N’ Education “The Kirk Whatley Challenge: Before you write guns off, shoot one — safely” (June 16-22, 2016) by Hunter Styles attracted a lot of attention online. We posted the article to Facebook along with the question: Can you truly be anti-gun without first firing one? Is that fair? Here’s what people had to say: Corinne Shaw: Can you be straight without trying out a homosexual experience? Josh Pelland: Before firing one take...

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Back Talk: What Killed the Monkey; Pride Month Massacre
Jun14

Back Talk: What Killed the Monkey; Pride Month Massacre

What Killed the Monkey Facebook reactions to “Gross Negligence Alleged in Death of UMass Lab Monkey” William Robinson: Sounds like the incident didn’t have much to do with the nature of the research itself, but a veterinary mishap resulting from pure accident — not neglect or malice. Consider how frequently standard surgeries on humans have complications. I’d be curious to hear more about the specifics of the studies...

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