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Marietta Pritchard: Crossed wires of the info age

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — I hate to complain, but I’m going to do it anyway. It’s about Comcast, and it’s not original. Eveyone seems to be down on Comcast. Sen. Al Franken is only the most recent, as he tries to head off the huge merger planned between that company and Time Warner, a merger that threatens to gobble up every bit of electronic choice left to Internet, TV, cell phone and landline users. So here’s my much smaller-scale story, and I’m sure it will sound familiar. Because of a planned trip this summer, I wanted to brush up my French, so decided to sign up for one of the French language TV channels in the Comcast … 0

Robin Morris: ‘Mountaintop removal’ underway beside Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — While the inhabitants of North Amherst were looking fearfully to the east, where the threat of the Retreat loomed, we were blind-sided by an attack from the west. Back in February, residents of the Puffer’s Pond neighborhood received an abutter’s notice, informing us of a meeting to approve renovations by new … 3

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: A call for united effort to improve Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As others have recently pointed out, Easthampton’s municipal budget will be challenging for the coming year. This has been the case in most communities in the Commonwealth, particularly since the economic crisis began in 2008. State tax revenues are down as a result of lost jobs and decreased corporate profits. Cities and towns have not seen increases to their property tax … 1

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

Adam Fisher: How my mom taught me to cuss

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On TV the other night, a stand-up comedian was camouflaging his lack of comedic material with liberal doses of cuss words when it occurred to me how far cussing had come in my lifetime. Certainly usage … 0

Peter Smolenski: The oldest family value — caring for one another until the end

Monday, March 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I remember when families stuck together through good and bad times. Times when people helped each other. When people were happy for the success of others and there to help when times were not so good. Family used to be the most important thing there was. … 1

Sara Weinberger: A blue state’s shame: Solitary confinement of the mentally ill

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Glenn Bourgeois hanged himself after being placed in solitary confinement for more than four months. Had he remained alive, he might have been placed naked on a concrete slab in a strip cell, where lights remain on 24 hours a day. If Bourgeois was deemed in … 1

Jim Cahillane: A sense of belonging on St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday, March 16, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — What does being Irish Catholic have to do with St. Patrick’s Day? A parade reminds the Irish Diaspora of a pride that travels the world. It’s an honorable tradition in America where hundreds of thousands of our forebears came to escape famine and find work. The … 0