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Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by Landmark Properties. Not one individual from the town testified at public hearings in its support. Select Board Chairman Aaron Hayden and all …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Natural gas pipeline opponents dig in for long fight against Kinder Morgan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CUMMINGTON — What have we learned since January, when landowners across Massachusetts started receiving knocks on their doors from Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline land agents with requests to survey land? Affected landowners, concerned citizens, nonprofits and officials at all levels of government have networked with allies across the Northeast, piecing together a picture of just what Kinder Morgan is after when the …

Editorial: Connecting UMass research with real-world uses

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little-known office at the University of Massachusetts hopes that good and lucrative things can come in small packages — like molecules and microorganisms. There’s money to be made, and that’s a motivation. But work pursued within the modest Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property office on the Amherst campus also expands on the university’s traditional roles of research and teaching and can benefit …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

Editorial: American war fever is being stoked anew

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney wants America “back on offense,” this time against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. President Obama, after devoting much of his presidency to unwinding Bush-Cheney military misadventures, appears ready to fall in …

Sara Weinberger: Valley humanitarians reach out to Syria

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A friend recently shared his perspective of the current situation on planet Earth: “If the whole world is in flames, where do you direct the fire hose?” Indeed, the world does seem to be in flames. We are paralyzed with shock when the news tells us …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: The lives of the have-too-muches

Friday, September 12, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — No one in our household can figure out why a fat, glossy, intimidating magazine called Departures arrives in our mailbox every month. I told a friend we got this mysterious delivery quarterly and she asked me if the magazine was about death and dying. It is …

Editorial: Many volunteer hands help make light work

Friday, September 12, 2014

All around the Pioneer Valley this weekend, important work is getting done — for which not a single dollar has exchanged hands. Thanks to legions of volunteers expected to fan out in sites around the region, library shelves will be dusted, parks refurbished, gardens planted, a playground built …

Graham Gal: Of corporations, free speech and rights

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: While the Sept. 2 column by Jay Fleitman asks what rights plaintiffs seek to protect in the Hobby Lobby case, perhaps an equally important question is what rights that company has that should be protected. Corporations are formed to allow for a separation of the …

Osa Flory: League’s book sale not possible without generous volunteers

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton League of Women Voters will hold its 65th annual book sale Sept. 27 at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Help from the public has been amazing. In just six weeks, 12,000 books were donated at Forbes Library and at Cooper’s Corner. …

Michael Lawrence Levine: Questioning a lot of recent positivity in Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: How wonderful to have a positive town manager in Amherst whose immediate reflex is to support anyone and everyone in town government before performing the slightest analysis of the facts and data. His recent reflexive support of the planning office director is positively positive. I’m …

Joshua Mintzer: Initiative process is a vital check for Massachusetts citizens

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I must take exception to a letter published Sept. 4 attacking the fundamental, Constitutional right of citizens to issue initiative petitions. It is far from the “frontal attack on American representative democracy,” as the author describes in a most alarmist tone. Instead, the process serves …

Linda Rowley: Bicyclists do not belong in roundabout’s crosswalk

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I have a message for the woman who almost ran into my car last week while riding a bicycle in the pedestrian crosswalk at the roundabout in front of Look Park. I strongly recommend you …

John Paradis: Chased into fall by a sense of dread

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What if everyone who meant something to you suddenly disappeared? Like a snap of your fingers. Poof. Gone. How would you process a world without the people you love? With anger? Hopelessness? Would your faith be undermined? This summer has been the summer of great misery. …