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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 …

John Sheirer: Misleading reports on Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jay Fleitman’s recent Aug. 4 column, “The Planned Parenthood Videos,” echoes a wave of misleading media reports. The worst coverage has been by Fox News and other right-wing media. These outlets dishonestly claim that the videos show Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of abortion-related “baby parts.” That’s …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Opening our arms to the trans community

Monday, August 10, 2015

Recently, the light blue, pink and white flag I ordered for our church arrived in my mailbox. I opened the package and studied the flag. The write-up in the ad had said that it was impossible to hang the flag upside down, and they were right. Because the …

David O. Stowell: Kicking tires on an Amherst Town Meeting critique (with response from original authors)

Monday, August 10, 2015

In the June 3 online edition and the June 5 print edition of the Amherst Bulletin, University of Massachusetts Associate Professor of Political Science Ray La Raja and graduate student Wouter Van Erve assert Amherst Town Meeting lacks several key ingredients necessary for it to qualify as representative …

Richard S. Bogartz: Bernie Sanders is the actual centrist

Monday, August 10, 2015

Throckmorton bopped in, grinning, proclaiming how delighted he was to live in a country with such a balanced political spectrum. “We have the Democrats on the left, the Republicans on the right. Greens and Occupies on the left. Libertarians and Tea Partiers on the right. True balance.” Brynhildr …

Gary and Carlie Tartakov: More work needed on race relations

Friday, August 7, 2015

It’s always interesting, and sometimes quite revealing, to notice how different articles in a newspaper will line up with each other, particularly when they appear with headlines or pictures on the same page. That was surely the case in the July 11 edition of the Gazette with the …

Alex Risley Schroeder: Saluting cooperative values at home in the Valley

Thursday, August 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Every year at this time, the River Valley Market Co-operative grocery honors an individual, nonprofit and business that nurture and sustain cooperative values in our community. The individuals and businesses receive $500 and the nonprofit receives $1,500, plus proceeds from our Strawberry Ice Cream Social. Nominated …

Daisy Mathias: WMUA DJ believes WMUA will work through issues, thrive

Thursday, August 6, 2015

In response to Lily Wallace’s opinion piece in Gazette, the first important fact to note is that Wallace is not a member of WMUA. I am a community member of WMUA, earning my disc jockey certification in 2004 and remaining a member in good standing since then. For …

Andrew Larkin: The drums of war march on

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, and Sunday is the anniversary of the dropping of a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. Tens of thousands were killed in each community immediately, and more died subsequently from acute radiation sickness, and then more …

Dr. Ira Helfand: Nuclear policy continues to be guided by dangerous myth

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first use of atomic weapons. Ever since then our nuclear policy has been guided by a dangerous myth. For 70 years we have told …

Karen List: Artful action: A look at this year’s grants through the Emily List Fund for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST Romeo and Juliet were once eaten by alligators. Hamlet met a princess though, as anyone familiar with Shakespeare knows, there is no princess in the play. And the actors cannot for the life of them dance. Such …