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Tree canopy a resource worth city’s time, effort

Monday, September 1, 2014

It doesn’t take a math whiz to see that if Northampton has lost 500 public shade trees since 2006 but planted only 242 replacements, its tree canopy is headed for trouble. Officials and residents concerned about the health of Northampton’s trees are poised to take steps that will reverse that trend. This is time, energy and money well spent. The term canopy refers to the area of a community shaded … 0

Jay Fleitman: Rights and the Hobby Lobby case

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A letter to the editor appealed to fellow Democrats to contribute to Democratic candidates for Senate outside of Massachusetts. The writer was concerned about the impact of a Republican-controlled Senate on the future of Supreme Court nominees. The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was put forward as clear evidence that a conservative Supreme Court would continue to … 0

Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Essay: What we did on our summer vacations. … The nation’s smoldering seams of inequality, injustice, unequal treatment under the law and unresolved racism roiling our society-in-denial violently erupted, again. … Methane vents are fracturing the northern regions as the polar ice vanishes and the tundra thaws, giving wings to the galloping dragon of catastrophic climate change. … Gaza City, comprising … 4

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Jonathan Klate: Left cold by ice bucket challenge

Mary Alsentzer: Williamsburg must confront shooting range safety

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Although I live in North Carolina, I spend at least a couple of weeks each summer with my mother on Hyde Hill Road in Williamsburg. On a recent Saturday my twin granddaughters came for a visit. As the weather looked threatening, we took the girls … 1

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick’s qualifications for governor are the strongest we have seen in years and are uniquely suited to our needs right now. While trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Berwick also holds an advanced degree in … 3

Don Robinson: The new world information order

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ASHFIELD — For those concerned about the health of democracy in America and around the world, this has been a deeply troubling summer. President Obama is faring reasonably well. He has had to defend himself against charges that he has not been nice enough to members of Congress, … 0

Editorial: Amherst Together stance on forum does more harm than good

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The woman hired to help Amherst heal its racial wounds said she and other school and town leaders pulled out of last week’s radio forum on the issue for fear that the gathering would feature “race-baiting,” fuel “sensationalism” and foster “insensitivity to the variety of voices and needs … 0

Curtis Smith: A patriot suggests that colors are sometimes only that

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I am wondering about the spate of letters decrying the use of red, white and blue colors as being disrespectful to our flag. Does patriotism prohibit the use of these colors in any way except … 0

Bob Armstrong: Healey has needed experience in AG’s office

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: When voters look at the candidates for attorney general, they see a politician running against an experienced litigator. While Warren Tolman is not a bad guy, he is running as a state senator with no experience with the position he is seeking. His campaign message … 0

Ruth Smith: It is up to Hamas to renounce violence

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: Many of us who support Israel bemoan the loss of innocent lives in Gaza as well as in Israel, be they many or few. Many protesters take the media comments and images from the conflict … 0

Ronald Hodges: Crosswalks could bear official seals of military branches

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I have a suggestion that may help resolve the controversy over the patriotic-themed sidewalk crossing proposed for Main Street in Northampton. Some veterans have expressed concern that using the red, white and blue colors of the American flag is disrespectful. My recommendation would be to … 1

Editorial: South Hadley invests big in knowledge, community

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This week, residents of South Hadley can see what $10.1 million will buy these days if they stroll along a crushed gravel walkway and enter the doors at 27 Bardwell St., where a new chapter is beginning for … 1

Frank Gatti, M.D.: Police must help protect mentally ill from needlessly violent deaths

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — I just watched a video of the police killing of Kajieme Powell, age 25, in St. Louis on Aug. 19. He is the other police killing. He is the one thought to have been mentally ill and to have decided to die in the method known … 0