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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 …

Joshua Miller: When will the white Valley awake to racial injustice?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was a pleasant summer evening, and my Smith College colleague was standing with two friends on Elm Street in Northampton, just outside residential houses on the campus when a car drove by. The group had just left a lecture that explored the impact of racialized …

Marty Nathan: An oasis in an urban food desert

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I had the pleasure recently to be invited to the garden office of the Springfield nonprofit Gardening The Community. I joined a group of a dozen teens and their adult leaders Ibrahim Ali, Moises Ramos, Dondre Scott, Olivia and Danielle Brown and Gabriella della Croce at …

Andrew Morris-Friedman: Great Pacific Garbage Patch says plenty about America

Monday, September 7, 2015

HADLEY — I am writing in support of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (“Boaters map pacific garbage,” Aug. 23). Pessimistic pundits perceive the patch as a potential problem. But I see the garbage patch as half full, not …

David E. Sullivan: Fighting the stigma of drug addiction

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two themes emerged at last Monday’s vigil on Northampton’s Main Street to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic: heartbreak and resilience. The heartbreak was etched on the faces of the three mothers who stood before a crowd gathered in the growing darkness on the front lawn …

Bill Newman: Taking roads, and trails, less traveled by

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding …

Rekha Basu: Is Hillary Clinton playing it too cool?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — I envy Hillary Clinton’s ability to keep her cool. I wish I knew how she does it. When she walked, characteristically beaming and waving, onto the Des Moines Area Community College stage with Tom Vilsack last week in Des Moines, Iowa, it was as …

Richard M. Clifford Sr.: The blessing of uncommon courtesy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — On a recent visit to a 7-Eleven, I walked up to the door as another car pulled into the lot. I hauled open the door and then turned and waited for an elderly gentleman behind me to reach the door. As I held the door open …

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 …

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 …

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 …