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Columnist Sara Weinberger: Democracy, future is in our hands
07-14-2024 10:00 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Every day that I read The New York Times headlines since the June 27 Biden-Trump debate, it feels like Groundhog Day. The lead story repeatedly focuses on the need for Biden to exit the race. He’s too old, too feeble, too lackluster, too stubborn,...

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Columnist Sara Weinberger: Christian Zionism no friend
06-16-2024 8:59 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Nearly 300,000 people attended the March for Israel rally last Nov. 14. Although no Jewish clergy spoke at the largest pro-Israel event in U.S. history, Televangelical Pastor John Hagee, was an invited speaker. Hagee is the senior pastor of a 22,000...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Republicans calling antisemitism over protests is bad-faith politics
05-19-2024 1:35 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

When pro-Palestinian student protests in the U.S., prompted by the war in Gaza, began last fall, Republicans in Congress saw an opportunity to score points ahead of the November elections. Under the guise of protecting Jewish students from...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: The appalling silence over the atrocities of Oct. 7
04-15-2024 7:30 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

My computer has a file labeled “Gazette Column,” in which I keep articles about possible subjects for future columns. Since last November, I have been saving stories about the rapes, torture, mutilations, and murders of Israeli women by Hamas on Oct....


Columnist Sara Weinberger: ‘Collective punishment’ of Gazans must stop
03-17-2024 9:27 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

My connection with Israel has taken many twists and turns. Growing up with parents who survived the unimaginable trauma of the Holocaust, it’s not surprising that my mother and father, the remnants of so much that was lost, instilled in their children...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: A movement that’s all local ground game
02-18-2024 1:42 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

As the U.S. moves closer to November, many of us are engulfed in dread, pessimism, and panic. With each new rally, an emboldened Donald Trump shamelessly characterizes himself as a dictator, an enemy of our allies, and a lover of fascist leaders,...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: ‘Beloved community’: Living King’s vision of nonviolence
01-15-2024 6:02 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Thirty-four years ago today, the United States observed the first federal holiday honoring the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For many years, the day was marked with local celebrations, service projects, and educational workshops celebrating...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Meaningful is the gift of a gift
12-17-2023 1:04 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

’Tis the season to go shopping, often online, for gifts that those near and dear don’t need and most likely don’t want. Remember the excitement of giving what you thought was the perfect gift and then catching the recipient’s forced grin as they...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Standing Together offers a way out of the wilderness
11-20-2023 7:00 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Tuesday morning, I’m driving to the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke to meet a friend for a morning walk. The radio is tuned to NPR. A news brief reports two back-to-back headlines: Officials at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, without power to operate incubators...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: 
10-15-2023 9:39 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

I was aware that educational outcomes took a nose-dive during the height of the COVID pandemic, and had heard there was a move afoot to stop requiring students to pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) in order to graduate. When...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Traditions, meaning infuse High Holidays
09-17-2023 7:00 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Even though the humidity and summery temperatures feel more like July, the familiar signs of fall’s transition are all around.On my morning walk, I see the school buses loaded with children heading towards Easthampton’s Mountain View School. Friends...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: City must ban police from conducting minor traffic stops
08-21-2023 12:34 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

On Aug. 9, The Shoestring, an independent western Massachusetts online news publication, broke the story, including the redacted video, of a traffic stop that quickly escalated into a brutal display of force by a Northampton police officer.Marisol...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Punishing nonbinary nonconformance
07-17-2023 6:05 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Alok Vaid Menon is an American writer, performance artist, and media personality who is gender nonconforming, transfeminine, and uses the pronoun they. In Alok’s podcast, “The Urgent Need for Compassion,” they describe a world “beyond the gender...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Juneteenth and a ‘culture of equality’
06-19-2023 9:33 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

On June 19, 1865, two months and 10 days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War, and two years and 18 days after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Union...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Darfur still needs saving
05-13-2023 10:41 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

We sat at a table overlooking a backyard adorned with the colors of May, sipping lemonade. The tranquil scene belied the purpose of my visit to Eric Reeves’ home. I came to interview the Smith College Professor Emeritus of English Language and...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Celebrating the art of enslaved potters
04-16-2023 11:25 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

On the first Sunday in February, I ascended the steps of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, bought my ticket, and headed for an exhibition that friends had urged me to see. “Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield South Carolina,”...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Hope and resilience in Syria 
03-19-2023 10:32 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

An NPR story about the Ethiopian conflict featured a woman imploring listeners to stay interested in this war that is claiming so many lives, acknowledging how difficult it is to focus on Ethiopia, given all the world crises competing for our...


Columnist Sara Weinberger: Congressman Neal should be more accessible
05-14-2017 10:34 PM

By SARA WEINBERGER

I moved from Northampton to Easthampton nearly three years ago.Although I was reluctant to leave the city that I had called “home” for 30 years, Easthampton, or as I fondly call it, “The New Brooklyn,” is a great place to settle. The bike path, less...

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