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The right call: A ‘kill switch’ to deter smartphone theft

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Do you own a smartphone? If so, you are a target for opportunistic thieves. Robberies and thefts involving smartphones are now the most common property crimes in America. The black market for these stolen devices has become so lucrative that even Colombian drug cartels now traffic in them. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft last year, nearly double the number in … 0

Don Robinson: What’s at stake in pipeline proposal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — As town meeting time approaches, the hills of Franklin and Hampshire counties are alive with the sound of political action. Once more, the tiny town of Ashfield is at the epicenter of a violent shaking of democracy’s foundations. The dispute centers on a plan by Kinder Morgan, a mega-corporation in the energy business (see its website to get a sense of … 2

Bruce Watson: Dinah the Cat is ready for her close-up

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LEVERETT — Dinah is distressed. Life as a cat in our house is rather dull, so every morning Dinah tries to perk us up by meowing and crying and carrying on in a manner that often lands her outside (hitting the ground on all fours but just barely.) My wife and I have … 0

Don Robinson: Why democracy is under siege around the globe

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — Towns here in western Massachusetts will soon be gathering for annual Town Meetings. Citizens themselves (not representatives) will adopt budgets for schools, roads, libraries and local government, and levy taxes on themselves to pay for them. Town meeting day is not always a happy time. Quarrels … 0

Elizabeth Goitein: Unraveling motives in the CIA-Senate spat

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On the surface, the battle between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA looks to be a classic he said/she said story. Did the CIA improperly monitor computers used by committee staffers as they investigated the agency’s earlier torture program, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., alleges? Or did … 0

Marty Nathan: A bus commuter hopes for change

Monday, March 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On a recent Wednesday afternoon I packed away my computer and told my Latina colleagues in our clinic in Springfield’s North End that I was off to take the bus home to Northampton. Though only one or two said it, their looks read equally, “You what?” … 0

Ralph Dolan: Taking control of the end of one’s life

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — It’s too bad that human existence has need of a word like suicide. How pleasant a world it would be if suicide never happened because all of us were “sane” and all our circumstances throughout life … 3

Chris Matera: Northampton forests are prized natural assets that must be protected

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Wake up and do not drink the Kool-Aid, Northampton. Mayor David Narkewicz is allowing aggressive commercial logging of Northampton’s most precious and important publicly owned drinking water supply protection forests. He is also either wittingly, or … 2

Jeffrey Hutchins: Safe timber harvests tap renewable resources

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The forests that surround the city of Northampton’s watersheds play an essential role in providing the people of Northampton with a renewable, sustainable supply of vital natural resources — namely, fresh, clean drinking water for more than 28,000 … 1

Katy Eiseman: Proposed gas pipeline wrong policy for New England

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CUMMINGTON — In the last several weeks, landowners across the state — from the Berkshires to Essex County — have been contacted by representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC (a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP) … 1

Miliann Kang: Taking stock of what’s missing, with a prod from environmental visionary Maya Lin

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON MAYA Lin is frozen in most people’s memories as the 21-year-old Yale student who won a national contest for her design of the Vietnam Veteran’s memorial in 1981. Her vision of two V-shaped black granite slabs, angled … 1

Max Page: Measuring up at UMass — why inspiration counts, even if it can’t be tallied

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AMHERST Here is a story about one student’s education at the University of Massachusetts. One of my thesis students from our architecture program recently came back to campus to participate in the opening ceremonies of an exhibition she … 0

Doug Hanscom & Kathy Foster: The will to win a key part of true competitor’s makeup

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We write in response to the recent letter “Lessons to be learned from Olympic hockey defeat.” We are two former Amherst hockey players who are offended by the writer’s criticism of the way the USA women’s hockey team … 0