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Hampshire COG responds to state DPU’s denial of electricity aggregation project

Friday, October 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following commentary was written by the elected councilors of the Hampshire Regional Council of Governments. NORTHAMPTON — The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently editorialized that the Hampshire Council of Governments has “plenty of explaining to do” with regard to the recent decision of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to deny 35 western Massachusetts municipal electricity aggregation petitions. The council sponsored the petitions in question. Our explanations follow. …

Bill Newman: Innocence lost, decency found — thanks to Yogi Berra

Friday, October 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I miss Yogi Berra. A signed photograph of him, a Father’s Day gift from my wife Dale, hangs on a wall in my office, close to the one of Mickey Mantle, above the one of Bobby Kennedy, near the one of my late dad and our daughter Jo laughing together. The …

STEVE RANDALL and LARRY ELY: The barbarism of global economics

Thursday, October 1, 2015

By 2007, China was responsible for two thirds of the annual increase in global emissions. Some of that was the result of China’s own internal development … But a lot of it was directly tied to foreign trade: according to one study, between 2002 and 2008, 48 percent of China’s total emissions was related to producing goods for export. — Naomi Klein, “This …

Gaby Immerman, Joshua G. Lynn, Rose Bookbinder and Helen Symons: Block drive-thru pitch for Haydenville Dunkin’ Donuts

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — On Sept. 21, more than 165 residents of Haydenville and Williamsburg, bolstered by a petition with more than 380 signatures, attended a public hearing to soundly trounce the special permit application for a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru …

Cara Clifford: Working to build new legacy at Northampton Housing Authority

Monday, September 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Everyone seeks to leave a legacy, a memory of what they achieved, and an unambiguous testament that all the personal effort and sacrifices they put into their job, and that it meant something. Jon Hite left that legacy at the Northampton Housing Authority. That said, when …

Alan Root: One way to honor service of late John Musante

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — John Musante set a high standard as Amherst’s town manager. Toward the end of his short life of 53 years, he demonstrated his creative skills by promoting teamwork to wrestle with many crisscrossing interests that resulted in a signed five-year contract for a medical center for …

Heidi Stevens: Overuse of natural areas near bike path in Leeds remains problem

Sunday, September 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Looking towards the spring of 2016 when bicyclists will be able to glide along a smooth, newly paved bike trail in Leeds, I can’t help but think about the rough 2015 summer season that Leeds neighbors endured due to abusive behavior of partyers in the conservation …

Clare Higgins: Perils of ‘shutdown’ mentality

Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If Congress can’t pass a budget by next Wednesday night, the federal government will shut down. Two years ago we went through the same drama. The fundamental job of federal legislators may not get done. “It’s déjà vu all over again,” as the late great Yogi …

David Entin: When generals tinker with the truth from battlefields

Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The recent story about high-level military officials skewing intelligence analysis to show progress in the battlefield against ISIS brought back memories of similar efforts in another war. In 1968 I was the regional reports officer in DaNang, Vietnam, for the Agency for International Development, which is …

David E. Sullivan: Tackling danger that hides in our medicine cabinets

Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Would you keep an unlocked gun in your home? Of course not, that’s too dangerous. There is too much potential for that gun to get into small or curious hands, resulting in a catastrophic accident. By the same token, you should not keep prescription medications in …

Don Robinson: Why are there so many can’t-do candidates?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — In one major respect our Constitution is defective. It says nothing about how candidates for president will be chosen and nothing about political parties. Most democratic constitutions contain language regulating political parties. Ours does not. In the 1790s, political leaders immediately moved to fill that gap. …

Dr. Ilana Schmitt: ‘Vaping’ is proven path to tobacco addiction

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — New state regulations limiting the sale of e-cigarettes to children take effect Friday. And they come not a moment too soon. This is because of the association of “vaping” in children with their regular use of tobacco cigarettes — a link around which there is a …

John Sheirer: Who is the Democrats’ Donald Trump? (Hint: it’s a trick question)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — “Democrats and Republicans are all the same,” is a fashionable lament, but it’s one that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Recent years have brought us reality-challenged Republicans such as Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Allen West, Joe …