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Jay Fleitman: The problems with Donald Trump that Republicans must not overlook

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This past weekend I hosted an event that drew Republican activists from throughout western Massachusetts and the rest of the state. There were a good number of Donald Trump supporters in the crowd. I spent some time at the end of the evening listening to two lawyers who were behind the Trump candidacy. The thrust of their argument was that American voters had put the Republican Party in control of both the Senate and House of Representatives and that we had little to show for it. Trump was the outsider with the strength and fortitude to shake up the government. There are pundits galore who theorize about why the Donald Trump candidacy has …

Editorial: All information needed to make right call on pipeline

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the debate rages over the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project, the public keeps coming back to a central question: Does the region require more pipeline capacity to fill its need for fuel? Or might the region be able to heat its homes and businesses with power from other, less intrusive sources? The natural gas industry has long complained that Massachusetts’ (and …

Ava Gip: Where is Sen. Warren on fracked gas pipeline issue for WMass?

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been missing in action on the North East Direct pipeline issue for a whole year. I believe the last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I have called and written her offices repeatedly for the last month. Her aides have said …

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Tenzin Tsedon: See Confederate ‘battle flag’ for what it is: a racist symbol

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Lot of people who support the Confederate flag always seem to compare it to the rainbow flag or a flag of another country, saying all of them represent pride and Americans have the right to fly them regardless of others’ disapprovals. If one truly wants …

Adam Fisher: Nature is free, so why charge for use of it at Musante Beach?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Reading a letter-writer’s plea (“Do not erect financial barriers at Puffer’s Pond”), I was delighted by her appreciation of a gathering place offered to one and all. But, as a Northampton resident, it made me think how nice it might be if my city’s Musante …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal …

Editorial: Private investment pushes Amherst center changes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The commercial transformation of downtown Amherst continues apace, though one high-profile project must still get right with history. We expect that it will — and that these ventures will add life to the town center without altering its character. Two decisions have just come down on One East …

Editorial: Cummington Fair does right by revisiting its guest list

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With apologies made by two Cummington Fair officials, it’s time for the storied Hilltown event to kick off its 147th year today the way it should: proud of the rural traditions it celebrates and the sense of community it continues to build. It took courage for people within …

Don Robinson: Jimmy Carter, the lion of Camp David

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancerous tumors in his brain provoked deep feelings around the world and across this country. The news stirred personal memories as well. In the fall of 1975, when he declared his candidacy for president, his staff planned a visit to …

Editorial: Eyesores in Hadley will at last come down

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The town of Hadley showed great patience over the slow decay of buildings near the corner of Route 9 and Bay Road. In the end, it took local leverage to get something done. Robert Bolduc, the president of Pride Inc., is now pledging to demolish the former Aqua …

Georgina Moroney: Donald Trump, thy name is ‘trumper’

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: When the noise dies, Donald Trump will discover that his only contribution to the American political scene will be a new word coined for personal abject greed, insatiable ego, prejudice, bigotry, self-aggrandizement, xenophobic pronouncements, as shallow as his message. Webster has an apt and description …

Eric Stahlberg III: Not an impressive start for housing authority’s new leader

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority leadership and board apparently got their recent attempt to flex their muscles wrong. The board should know the rules for public employment. The leadership should have learned the rules of the game before trying to play. That is the usual mark …

John Howard: Don’t overlook low-cost heat saving techniques for your home

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

To the editor: Your article in the Aug. 12 Home magazine, “Home efficiency upgrades fall short,” concerned only high-cost upgrades. There are many low cost ones that will pay off, especially when children help out. They can see that you are doing something about climate change. A free …