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Richard M. Clifford Sr.: The blessing of uncommon courtesy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — On a recent visit to a 7-Eleven, I walked up to the door as another car pulled into the lot. I hauled open the door and then turned and waited for an elderly gentleman behind me to reach the door. As I held the door open for him to walk through he turned to me and smiled, saying, “There ain’t many of us left ya know!” I immediately …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Embattled Kinder Morgan pipeline project fires up TV spots, ‘push’ polling

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by Kinder Morgan and orchestrated by Tony Buxton, lobbyist and lawyer for Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas …

Julio Capó Jr.: Why it took science, and many decades, to get to truth of presidential love child

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The results are in, and DNA evidence confirms that Warren is the father! No, this is not a quote pulled from a Maury Povich recording. It is one of a summer week’s biggest headlines: Warren Gamaliel Harding, the 29th president of the United States, was the biological father to a young girl named …

DeAnne Riddle: Eye in the sky over Alberta’s tar sands pits

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST I’m very concerned about both the North East Direct gas pipeline, which would affect our region, and the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring tar mixed with solvents from Alberta to our Gulf Coast. Both would carry …

Dick Stein, Larry Ely and Steve Randall: Alarming sea level rise predicted

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — On July 23 James Hansen and 16 leading climatologists, employing innovative new climate models, published a bombshell paper: “Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms.” Published on an international climatologist discussion web forum, their paper provoked immediate, extensive debate in newspapers and among climatologists before its …

Jay Fleitman: The problems with Donald Trump that Republicans must not overlook

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This past weekend I hosted an event that drew Republican activists from throughout western Massachusetts and the rest of the state. There were a good number of Donald Trump supporters in the crowd. I spent some time at the end of the evening listening to two …

Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal …

Don Robinson: Jimmy Carter, the lion of Camp David

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancerous tumors in his brain provoked deep feelings around the world and across this country. The news stirred personal memories as well. In the fall of 1975, when he declared his candidacy for president, his staff planned a visit to …

Barry Hirsch: Rhyme and reason with Iran over the nuclear deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The premise on which all Iranian nuclear discussions are based is that under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. As is often stated “all options are on the table,” which we all know is code for military strikes. This premise appears …

Christopher Flavelle: birthright

Monday, August 24, 2015

Until three years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders — temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed …

Nancy Bandman-Boyle: Looking for compromise on library depository planned for Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — I’d like to clarify opinions I shared during the Hadley Planning Board meeting last week and offer further details than were reported in Wednesday’s article, “Hadley presses for smaller Five Colleges library annex.” I believe in a place for books and I support my local libraries. …

Clare Higgins: Trumpeting one presidential candidate’s huge and great news

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Here’s a letter to America from Donald J. Trump: I am applying to be the leader of the United States because I truly believe that Trump is the only person capable of making America Great Again. I know that you will agree once you really get …