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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 …

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 …

Jon Weissman: Employers should be neutral on union efforts

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On Sept. 14, the Gazette reported: “Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf says he believes issues between managers and workers are best handled face to face — without the presence of a third party. And that’s just one reason why he says a union would be a …

Barbara Benda Jenkins: Belchertown chief’s free pass on suspected OUI put others in jeopardy

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

PELHAM — The ongoing story about the Granby Police Department’s unwillingness to arrest the Belchertown police chief for observable and self-acknowledged drunken driving alerts citizens once again to the importance of being ever-vigilant about transparency in government. The Granby police chief repeatedly excuses his department’s lack of appropriate …

Adam Fisher: Songs in the key of Pope Francis

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The pope’s arrival in the United States next Tuesday has revved up the Christian aspect of my 45-year interest in spiritual life. It has also put me in mind of a time when my half-sister snookered …

W. Michael Ryan: A nearly forgotten hero of Valley health care, and ladies’ hats

Monday, September 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Before Cooley Dickinson became a hospital, Cooley Dickinson was a man, born in 1804, a fifth-generation resident of Hatfield, a humble shoemaker, a poor but industrious farmer, a clever businessman and a shrewd investor who overcame …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Hungarian official’s professed Christianity does not measure up

Friday, September 11, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — For weeks, the front page of the New York Times has been dominated by what is now seen as the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has seen since World War II. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and war, mostly from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, …

Mac Everett: Yes, old, but not at all in the way: ‘Re-purposing’ to thin the municipal waste stream in Northampton

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Fellow Northampton residents, let’s talk trash! Now that our dump has become a green hillock, what happens to our non-recyclable refuse? Our garbage must be trucked to distant landfills in other communities where it is out of our sight, mind, and reach of Pioneer Valley groundwater. …

John Paradis: What it means to be a patriot

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Today is 9-11. Patriot Day. In 2009, on the eighth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Obama declared this day “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. This day, he said, …

Dave Roitman & Adele Franks: Our times demand more, not less, solar generation

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The net metering debate is capturing attention lately. We think the issue deserves a lot more. Here’s why we, as residents and ratepayers, should care. Net metering gives solar panel users — municipalities, businesses, residents and community solar participants — full credit for electricity generated during …