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Jim Harvey: Praise for Amherst medical practice staff

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: I wish to add my voice to those in praise of Dr. Anne Weaver and her staff in Amherst. My mother was her patient during the last decade of her life, and indeed was lovingly and competently cared for. The Amherst Family Practice staff, headed by Valerie Loiko, played an important role in providing humane and personal care. Sadly, they have not been retained in the merger …

Anneke Corbett: Doubts about safety of oil drilling in Arctic

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, a region that’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, worries me because millions of people live in the Arctic, where the vital ecosystem has provided subsistence for generations and is home to vulnerable wildlife, like polar bears and whales, whose habitat could be devastated by a spill. President Obama’s …

Ralph Dolan: Solitary confinement a rule in land of the SuperMax prison

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Why does America keep so many human beings in solitary confinement? The phenomenon must be seen in its broader context. The collective will of America is violent and punishing. So systemic is the violence and punishing that the practice has taken on a life of its own. Thus, we continue keeping human beings in solitary confinement even though the majority …

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Julio Capó Jr.: Why it took science, and many decades, to get to truth of presidential love child

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The results are in, and DNA evidence confirms that Warren is the father! No, this is not a quote pulled from a Maury Povich recording. It is one of a summer week’s biggest headlines: Warren Gamaliel Harding, the …

DeAnne Riddle: Eye in the sky over Alberta’s tar sands pits

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST I’m very concerned about both the North East Direct gas pipeline, which would affect our region, and the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring tar mixed with solvents from Alberta to our Gulf Coast. Both would carry …

Gene DeFilippo: Say ‘bye-bye’ to democracy as we’ve known it

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: What used to be America’s shining beacon of freedom, hope and opportunity has unfortunately evolved into a “corporatocracy or oligarchy.” Corporate and financial America have corrupted our political process with unlimited campaign funding. Many of our politicians, lacking statesmanship, are so indebted to corporate America …

Gordon F. Beebe: New director of Northampton Housing Authority should be let go

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority director is Mitt Romney-like. I want to see a petition circulated and demand Cara Clifford’s resignation. Private sector corporatist Clifford’s transition to local and state government is like mixing oil and water. Consider her egregious act of revealing tenants’ financial information, …

Ellenor Rennell: End of Forbes Library’s outreach program a loss to home-bound elders

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: What a shock I had when the “Book Man,” Frank Heston, told me the very sad news that the Forbes Library outreach book program would end this September. What are those of us who depend on the Book Man to do? He has been bringing …

Denise Buckingham: Employees at CSO are seeking fair compensation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: During my time as an employee at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) and as a member of the contract bargaining team, I have been struck by the experiences of my colleagues, many of whom are unable to afford to take time away from work or …

Dick Stein, Larry Ely and Steve Randall: Alarming sea level rise predicted

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — On July 23 James Hansen and 16 leading climatologists, employing innovative new climate models, published a bombshell paper: “Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms.” Published on an international climatologist discussion web forum, their paper provoked immediate, extensive debate in newspapers and among climatologists before its …

Editorial: UMass takes questionable stance on football player’s discipline case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Alex Stolicny has no doubt about what happened early one morning last February. He was punched so hard in the mouth by a guy at a Hadley party that several teeth came out and he lost consciousness. That’s the story he has been telling since Feb. 21. It …

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 …

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 …