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Frederick Becklo: Shame on President Obama’s historical incompetence

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Our country has been irreversibly damaged by President Obama’s historic incompetence ( both domestically and in foreign policy), his adolescent petulance and, in this writer’s opinion, a sense of entitlement that knows no boundaries. Frederick Becklo Florence …

Rainier Jewett: An urgent plea to save the planet’s animals

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing because I am very worried about the animals on our planet right now. I am actually kind of panicking because I can’t do anything about it by myself, and I am trying to get people’s attention. Humans on the planet are polluting so much that a lot of species of animals are dying. Have you noticed how …

Sidney Moss: We must get behind bill helping Postal Service

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vermont, has recently proposed an amendment to a bill pending in the full Senate cosponsored by both of our state U.S. senators. This bill would impose a two-year moratorium on the U.S. Postal Service plansa to eliminate up to 15,000 decent-paying jobs, to close 82 mail-sorting plants and end overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals. …

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Cynthia Loring MacBain: Missing voices at King events in Northampton: those of African-American men

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — I attended the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King celebration in Northampton this past Monday. The music composed and sung by Marcia Gomez was beautiful and moving. The panelists were all passionately committed to change. But there were voices I missed. Several times statistics were cited for …

Dr. David Gottsegen: Choices in primary care widen gateway to addiction

Thursday, January 22, 2015

By DR. DAVID GOTTSEGEN SOUTH HADLEY — The best way to address health problems is through primary prevention. Preventing the flu through hand washing and vaccines is preferable to treating people already sickened by the disease. It is better to prevent injuries from motor vehicle accidents by using …

Editorial: Big new home readied for freelance generation

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The phrase “rugged individual” isn’t just American lore. It describes a reality of the new economy. Consider the story of Click Workspace, an unusual Northampton nonprofit. Because of tight space at its Hampton Court home, the outfit has turned away people who want what it offers: shared work …

Jim Durfer: The unknown struggles of the ‘thin blue line’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: All of this ruckus about police brutality and white privilege in Northampton made me recall an intimate discussion I had with a dear friend who was one of four cops in a family dedicated to service. It was the type of discussion men have maybe …

Don Robinson: It’s time to revisit America’s experiment with democracy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — On Thanksgiving Day, my column was devoted to the proposition that America’s constitutional system needs fundamental reform. Anyone arguing for reform faces two tasks: first, to show that present arrangements are not working (there is little dispute about that); and second, to offer an alternative that …

Editorial: A new leader for Hadley’s police department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Michael Mason, Hadley’s new police chief, knows his department well. He joined the force as a rookie in 2000. Over the last 15 years Mason, who is 36, worked his way up from dispatcher to sergeant while getting …

Grant Milner: Thanks to a true dog-lover

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: On Dec. 26, my friend and companion, a 14-year-old fox terrier, escaped from her boarding home on Ryan Road in Florence. I am writing to thank Gary, a Good Samaritan, for rescuing Kelsey and transporting her to safety at the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Hadley. …

James Lowenthal: Not all LED lights are created equal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to Rudy Perkins for his article (“In the glow of a lighting innovation from Denmark,” Jan. 7) calling for energy-efficient LED street lighting, especially when they’re actively controlled to turn off when no one is there, as is being done in “smart cities” projects …

Montserrat Archbald: How do I hate Keystone XL? Let me count the ways

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: Building the Keystone XL Pipeline is a very bad idea. This pipeline would facilitate the extraction of tar sands oil, a low-quality product whose production causes even more pollution than conventional oil. According to the State Department, the pipeline would increase climate pollution by 27.4 …

Paul M. Craig: What minimum wage changes can accomplish

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: Do minimum wage laws reveal a structural fault in American capitalism? What fault are minimum wage laws meant to correct? How do we determine what an appropriate minimum wage should be? How many burgers must be sold at the drive-through window to make that job …