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Editorial: No exit from I-91 project delays

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Does this sound familiar? It’s 5 p.m. After a hard day’s work, you’re heading out, looking to take a quick trip north up I-91 to home and a good meal. But as you approach the on-ramp at Exit 18 in Northampton, you see a clump of orange barrels barricading the entrance. You make a quick turn and begin to fight your way through heavy traffic chugging three miles up King … 0

Don Robinson column: Freedom Summer 1964

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The civil rights movement came to a head a half-century ago, during the summer of 1964. I was a graduate student and spent most of that summer in Mississippi. While largely a spectator, speaking to gatherings of white people (church groups, Rotary Clubs and the like), I saw enough to give me a sense of what was at stake. It had become clear … 0

Lynne Weintraub: Backs Berwick for state governor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Who is Don Berwick, and why do I think he should be our next governor? It’s not just that he is the founder and CEO of a non-profit that has saved lives all over the world. Or that he was President Obama’s choice to lead the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (though he was eventually blocked by Republicans because he … 0

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William Jastromb: Uninformed voters a threat to America’s future

Monday, July 14, 2014

To the editor: One debate raging in the U.S. is a joy to witness. No, it is not the debate between the progressive and liberal Democratic Party and the do-nothing and know-nothing Republican Party. The debate is between the Republican Party and the tea party as respective political … 3

Jay Fleitman: Columnist responds to letter about IRS investigation

Monday, July 14, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a response by Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman to the writer of a recent letter. The letter-writer took issue with a July 1 column by Fleitman about the investigation into Lois Lerner of the … 0

Irv Rhodes: Amherst must find and embrace its moral center

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to several articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin concerning incidents taking place mainly at the Amherst Regional High School and one reported incident at the middle school. I come from a large extended family composed of different races and … 1

Editorial: Bike-sharing proposal may be mismatch for region

Monday, July 14, 2014

In urban areas, bike-sharing programs reduce traffic and pollution. People interact without windshields between them. Hearts beat, muscles pump and cities seem scaled for human use. Increased bicycle use does the world a good, but we question whether the Pioneer Valley is suited to the kind of bike-sharing … 0

John Sheirer: ‘We the neighborhood’ feels like sound political philosophy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the Fourth of July, my wife Betsy and I walked the hilly driveway to our neighbors’ house. Using the key that they had left for us, we let ourselves in so we could water their plants and feed their cat while they were away for … 0

Sally Pick: ‘Compromise’ bill takes wrong turn on photovoltaics

Sunday, July 13, 2014

MONTAGUE — I’m concerned about the future of solar electricity produced by photovoltaics. Massachusetts House Bill 4185 threatens to seriously restrict solar incentives and options for homeowners, small businesses and community solar — endangering local jobs and limiting … 2

William and Norma Coli: Bill before House would reduce affordability of PV systems in Massachusetts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHARLEMONT — We are disappointed with the recent release of House 4185 (the so-called “compromise bill”) from the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy that is co-chaired by state Sen. Benjamin Downing. Our disappointment starts with the back-room approach that seems to have been taken, whereby large … 0

MaryAnn Grim: Public comment policy in Amherst in place since 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to your recent editorial regarding the public comment portion of the June 24 joint Amherst, Pelham and Amherst Regional School Committees meeting: School committee meetings are not public forums — they are working meetings with usually very full agendas. For this reason, School … 1

Carl P. Leubsdorf: GOP’s trouble with Hispanic vote in 2016

Friday, July 11, 2014

Republicans are once again criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration. Despite a lot of talk, the GOP has done nothing to improve its dire political standing with Hispanics. Within days of Mitt Romney’s decisive 2012 defeat, GOP leaders agreed they needed a more positive approach to the … 1

Editorial: Football goes halfway on risks of concussion

Friday, July 11, 2014

The country’s most popular spectator sport is also one of the most dangerous. Both the National Football League and the governing body for college sports moved ahead this week with plans to address a top danger: concussion. The … 0