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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during practice at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday in Foxborough with a chance for the Patriots to clinch the AFC East and a playoff spot. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Editorial: Super Bowl deflated by NFL’s lengthy probe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The National Football League’s prolonged investigation of under-inflated footballs allegedly used by the New England Patriots in their 45-7 AFC championship victory has cast an unnecessary cloud over this year’s Super Bowl. The delay in resolving the controversy, which has come to be known as “Deflategate,” is disappointing. It draws attention away from other intriguing story lines as the Seattle …

Mark Zinan: The lighter side of a personal darkness

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the pre historic world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe environment, anxiety is the emotional predator. Let’s leap backwards. To the summer of 1971. For …

Editorial: Early warning helps region prepare for a storm’s blast

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the time you read this, a winter storm packing an historic punch will be raging outside. Roads will be deserted — given the state-ordered travel ban that began at midnight Monday. Most people will be hunkered down at home — or at work for the duration. The travel ban ordered by Gov. …

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Editorial: Chilling news warns that oceans also marred by human touch

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The journal Science last week published alarming research from a team of five scientists suggesting Earth’s oceans could be on the verge of “a major extinction pulse,” a catastrophe the likes of which has not been seen in marine species. The dense, five-page article — in which footnotes …

Adam Fisher: Reflections on my mother’s life

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I suppose that since she was graduated from Smith College here in Northampton and because she married one of her Smith College professors, there is some local relevance to the death of my mother, Helen White …

Susan Maguire: Urges more nuanced thought about police

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: As a resident of Northampton and Ward 7, I am concerned with the very broad brush with which City Councilor Alisa Klein spoke about police and the criminal justice system. In no way can I argue that racism does not exist in the hearts of …

Rick Olson: Stop obstructing and build pipeline

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: No nukes! No coal! No biomass! No wind farms! No solar! Now that natural gas is the cleanest large scale source of energy, we now have No pipeline! We’ve even had objections to siting a solar array on an abandoned landfill. With nuclear and coal …

Cathi Hanauer: NHS start time stalemate a failure of leadership

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: Re: Mark Warner’s Guest Column “Board got coverage issue right.” In his Jan. 13 guest column about whether City Council members should receive health insurance for doing this part-time job, Mark Warner argues that one way to attract “more and diverse people” to serve on …

Editorial: UMass can do more to reduce textbook costs for students

Monday, January 19, 2015

Since you can’t beat them — and believe it, you can’t — join them. That’s the takeaway from the University of Massachusetts’ textbook deal with online retailer Amazon. Students discovered years ago that they can easily tap into the new and used book market and save big through …

Dr. Ira Helfand: ‘Doomsday’ clock hands will move Thursday, likely signaling a more dangerous world

Monday, January 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This Thursday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will update its famous Doomsday Clock. Since 1947 the Bulletin has used the clock to illustrate the severity of the threat of nuclear war. During the worst years of the Cold War in the early 1980s, the clock …

Jim Reis: Urges support for Community Preservation Act funding

Monday, January 19, 2015

To the editor: As someone who has worked in the affordable housing and human services field for many years, I urge the City Council to support Valley CDC’s request for Community Preservation Act funding. These housing units are critically needed. Family and individual shelter slots in western Massachusetts …

H.R. Hartzler: President should make clear the threat of jihadism

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: I just heard the president of the United States. He would have us believe that he does not know who the terrorists in France are, or more precisely, what their affiliations are. Imposing that ignorance on the rest of us is a strategy for preventing …

Bill Hurley: Let’s get to work building racial bridges

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: During the past week it was painful to continue to read in the Daily Hampshire Gazette the conflict being played out between Ward 7 City Councilor Alisa Klein and the Northampton Police Department over race-related issues. On one day I received a call from my …