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Neosha Narayanan: The scourge of scientific illiteracy in the US

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — New York City is under water. What once used to be a bustling metropolis now resembles an underwater museum, only open to divers who float around with oxygen tanks on their backs. The Empire State Building is licked by waves, its windows covered in algae. The water is murky and brown. When divers surface, the air, too, is dirty and unsafe to breathe. The life expectancy for their …

Johanna Neumann: Amherst should go big on solar

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — Like many of us, Amherst’s late town manager, John Musante, had a vision for a cleaner and greener future. In fact, the week before his untimely death, Musante’s team unveiled the next chapter in Amherst’s solar story: a proposal to power all of Amherst’s town and school buildings with energy captured from the sun at the town’s landfills. Going solar makes …

James Durfer: The VA and me — a Desert Storm veteran now fighting ALS reports from his new front line

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The quality of care and wait times at our nation’s veterans hospitals has been headline material for the last year. I would like provide both a personal description of my care and a brief description of the systemic problems the hospitals face. I am a disabled veteran who is fighting ALS, …

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 …

Jim Foudy: Chilling signposts of climate change, from Alaska and elsewhere

Friday, September 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — President Obama visited Exit Glacier in Alaska earlier this month and declared it a “signpost” for the impact of climate change on the planet. My wife, Christine, and I visited Exit Glacier two years ago and there are, literally, signposts along the trail showing how much …

Mansour Ghalibaf: Owner explains his stance on proposed unionization

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I have worked at the Hotel Northampton for the past 25 years. I began as its general manager, and, since 2006, I have been its owner. I have put my heart and soul into this work …