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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 Pipeline Co. The ad perpetuates the notion …

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 fossil fuels from deposits, which if fully exploited, would increase greenhouse gas emissions disastrously, leading …

Philip Korman, Jeff Cole and Andrew Morehouse: State helps lead way in getting locally grown foods to low-income families

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently created a win-win situation for the Commonwealth, seizing a chance to improve public health, build our economy and support local farmers. Building on its vision to improve the health status of all residents, the department received $3.4 million from …

Adam Fisher: Why not let sleeping questions lie?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As once it was for the astronomers and poets of Egypt and Greece and Rome, so it is today as the dog days of summer reassert themselves in all their slurpy, sluggish splendor. Things slow down …

Jonathan Klate: A presidential litmus test: Is that glass half full, or half empty?

Monday, August 17, 2015

AMHERST — Here’s a debate question for all the presidential aspirants, from both major parties: “Do you have any comment on the half full or half empty glass controversy?” • Hillary Rodham Clinton: My position on the water in the glass is well known so what difference does …

Sara Weinberger: The importance of social workers

Sunday, August 16, 2015

During my career as a social work professor, I was confronted by parents and prospective students who questioned the choice of social work as a career. “Will my daughter be able to support herself?” “How will my child pay off their college debts on a social worker’s salary?” …

Carolyn Engle: Here’s how to keep Puffer’s pleasant

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I have read with interest recent articles in the Gazette about improving safety at Puffer’s Pond. My husband and I have spent many hours over many summers at Puffer’s Pond, enjoying its quiet beauty, refreshing waters and the surrounding trails. The articles state that the assistant town manager …

Jim Foudy: Time to put UMass Club on notice

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Last call may be fast approaching for the University of Massachusetts Club in downtown Boston. The private club opened on the 33rd floor of a cement and glass tower in the Financial District in 2005 offering sweeping views of the city and the harbor. The promise was that …

John Paradis: Be nicer to each other; the importance of attitude in today’s world

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I once had a boss who told me that “half of life is just showing up.” But in today’s economy or in life, that doesn’t cut it anymore. Most business and management journals today say that to be successful in the 21st century, students need to think strategically, …

Karin Jeffers: Management not to blame for CSO labor dispute

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Clinical & Support Options Inc. is a nonprofit behavioral health agency that serves more than 14,500 individuals and their families of the Pioneer Valley and employs more than 580 members of our communities. As you may know, some …

Phil Wilson: CSO has turned into a corporation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When I first took my baby steps toward becoming a mental health clinician, I interned at agencies that resembled small rabbinical schools. In San Francisco, during the mid-80s, the directors of most of these tiny outposts were, first …

Alex Kent: Cars and downtown Amherst

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The perennial question in Amherst is, Where will we put all the cars? Although I use and frequently depend on cars, I increasingly dislike them. While cleaner than they used to be, cars still belch toxic fumes. They have an insatiable appetite for a fuel that is both …