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Don Robinson: Love, justice — and terrorism

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ASHFIELD — The terrorist attack on Paris has posed more than a test of our strategy for fighting Islamic extremism. It has ignited a struggle for the soul of our nation. The United States will not declare war on ISIS while Barack Obama is president. He correctly reads the settled will of the American people on that point. We will, however, join our allies in a powerful military and diplomatic …

Michael DiPasquale: Taking climate change challenge seriously in Northampton

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In late September, Northampton began work to create the city’s first comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan. The kick-off consisted of three days of public meetings and design sessions conducted by a team of six consultants organized by the American Institute of Architects. Climate adaptation refers to measures cities and towns can take to prepare for climate change. Northampton’s Climate Adaptation Plan will …

Lilly Gaev: The orphaned block in the heart of Northampton’s downtown

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council just put the final kibosh on our many efforts to have Center Court in the central business zone downtown accepted as a city street. Many other former private ways have become official city streets, though I’ve yet to discern what standards they met. Though this is a charming …

Joanne Marqusee & Sanford Belden: CDH’s greatest role is fulfilling mission of providing health care

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As leaders of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, one of Hampshire County’s anchor institutions and Northampton’s largest employer, we recognize how important it is to support the city and its residents. A city and its institutions and residents …

Kathleen McCartney: There is good reason for independent colleges to be tax-exempt

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s proposal to increase city revenues via a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program has generated much discussion in our community. The program asks nonprofits to voluntarily contribute an amount based on the valuation of their tax-exempt property. A strong Northampton is …

David R. Pesuit: Smith College clearly benefits from vital Northampton downtown

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I am a downtown Northampton property owner who remembers the 1970s, when much of Northampton’s commercial and residential downtown was on weak legs. Many downtowns were hurting then. Many never recovered. Nearby malls and mail-order catalogs with lower prices sucked downtowns dry. Smith College is lucky …

Cammie McGovern: A place where anything is possible: Whole Children

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The nonprofit group Whole Children recently honored Cammie McGovern, its founding parent and award-winning author, as its first Disability Awareness Pioneer. This is her acceptance speech. The first time I met Carrie McGee, I thought she seemed very appealing and sweet and a little bit nutty. …

Tsultrim Dolman: My nation, my people’s oppression in Tibet

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A MHERST My name is Tsultrim Dolman and I was born in east Tibet in 1968. I was put in prison when I was teenager and after my release, I escaped by walking to India. I was able …

Vijay Prashad: ‘Rival interests’ twist political landscape in Syria

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Syria, wrote the Irish journalist Patrick Seale, is the “mirror of rival interests.” That was in 1965. The phrase applies today. Not long after the protests began in 2011, rival interests threw themselves into the struggle. There was …

Jonathan Klate: Inside the ‘deep feeling states’ of the presidential candidates

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My staff of psychics has recently explored the unspoken deep feeling states of the presidential aspirants in order to discern their true emotions in regard to the status of their campaigns. Please don’t ask how this is done. …

Is yet another UMass building in jeopardy?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Another construction fence has been erected along North Pleasant Street on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Behind it stands the 1885 West Experiment Station, where pioneering chemical research led to formation of today’s national network of Agricultural Experiment Stations in every state and U.S. Territory. The fate …

Ezra Parzybok: Confessions of a cannabis consultant in Northampton

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Tuesday, the author of this commentary received 90 days of probation from Northampton District Court in connection with a marijuana growing and distribution operation that police raided in September. The following are excerpts of a …

Jay Fleitman: The Hillary Clinton I see running

Monday, November 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Current political spin is pushing the narrative that the last two weeks put the Hillary Clinton campaign back on track. Supposedly starting with a successful appearance at the Democratic Party debate, followed by her “masterful” handling of the Benghazi Congressional hearing and ending with Joe Biden’s …