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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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Editorial: The Retreat arrives at end of the road

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

People in the Cushman section of North Amherst celebrated Tuesday night on their village common, high-fiving near the salamander sculpture. On Monday, they learned that The Retreat, the large-scale development many worked 22 months to rebuff, was dead. Over that time, Save Historic Cushman ran a disciplined, detailed …

Bruce Watson: Get your head (and your data) out of the cloud

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LEVERETT — Recently the Internet, with its state-of-the-art, high-tech genius for dredging the depths of the human species, served up nude photos of celebrities. Of course, some of us remember the old days — when you’d shoot a roll of nude photos, mail a few to friends, put …

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to encourage our community — young, old and everyone in-between — to make some time this fall to come and cheer on our Northampton High School soccer teams. This year we have … 1

Michael Mongeau: Earned sick time referendum worthy of support

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: Massachusetts voters have an important ballot initiative to address in November. Question 4, the earned sick time initiative, will give all workers in our Commonwealth the right to earn sick time. Nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing …

Jim Cahillane: A hearty second to idea of honoring professional baseball player Stu Miller

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: Richard Szlosek and I must be of a certain age because his memories so often align with my own (column, “The ballplayer who went far,” Sept. 5). Not forgetting the fact that his family bakery supplied our wedding cake in 1955, we’ve never met except …

Ben James: Parenting in geological time: Answering a child’s questions about climate change

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I’m driving in the pickup truck with my 8-year-old. He’s worried. He has recently skimmed an article in a scientific journal about the earth’s gravitational force — how it is weakening — and he has worked …

Editorial: When 3,700 people agree on Valley’s ‘common good’

Monday, September 8, 2014

Some headlines mark seasons: A strawberry crop comes in, schools reopen or retailers prep for Black Friday. Hollywood stars walk the red carpet and people rush to beat an IRS deadline. You can feel a year pass by. And the United Way of Hampshire County hits its fundraising …

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

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — My friends, like so many of you, I was appalled when our nation elected a liberal legislator from Illinois to the highest office in our land. I joined you in our chorus of protest because we … 9

Editorial: Medical marijuana for students is hardly reefer madness

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the use of medical marijuana, with Massachusetts joining this commonsense club in 2012. Physicians tout the benefits of marijuana for patients suffering from ailments including chronic pain, nausea from cancer treatments, … 1

Editorial: State primaries Tuesday shape November’s election choices

Friday, September 5, 2014

Voters should recognize the importance of Tuesday’s primary elections, with statewide contests on both the Democratic and Republican ballots that will shape the state’s political landscape. With four statewide offices open, voters Tuesday will determine which candidates go …