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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 …

Ann McFeatters: WHO isn’t the only one telling us what to eat

Sunday, November 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — This is a story about steak and bacon, cancer and ethanol, and expectations. Meat-eaters (most of America, except for the health-conscious Obamas and obsessively thin, rich women) got another body blow when the World Health Organization warned last week that processed meats (our adored bacon and …

Jim Lescault: Amherst Media’s dream not dead, but poor fundraising climate proving barrier

Friday, October 30, 2015

AMHERST — Many probably read recent articles on Amherst Media and the land we purchased. Let me fill you in on the details of what has been an exciting and challenging year for Amherst Media. In 2010 Western Mass Electric Co. (now Eversource) did not renew our lease …

Craig Addis: Tale of a Northampton nonprofit that has for years given back to the community

Thursday, October 29, 2015

FLORENCE — I am dismayed by Northampton’s proposed PILOT program to squeeze tax dollars from the wrong sources in the community. I teach a class for Hill Institute, a part-time position. Trying to get payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) funds from that institution and some other nonprofit …

Andrew Morehouse: The reality of child hunger — right here

Thursday, October 29, 2015

HATFIELD — Is child hunger a myth? Bill O’Reilly of the O’Reilly Factor certainly thinks so and said so earlier this month on Fox News. We have a serious societal challenge on our hands when there are people in important positions of influence who believe that children do …

Richard T. Chu: Don’t hold design hostage to history in Northampton

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I’ve been a resident of Northampton for 11 years. I’m happy to see that Pulaski Park is being renovated. A city needs a public space where people can gather and feel they belong to a community. …

Adam Fisher: The case for ‘implausible deniability’

Monday, October 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At $35,000 per weapon and $55 per round, the XM25 “smart grenade launcher” is scheduled for renewed testing by the U.S. Army early next year. And the BBC article detailing the capacities and wonders of this …

Clare Higgins: Righting a wrong in the state’s income tax rate

Friday, October 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You may have noticed people with clipboards at farmers markets or grocery stores. They are looking for signatures on an initiative petition to make a crucial change to our tax system through an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution known as the Fair Share amendment. In April, …

Mardelle Shepley: No place at the inn for boomers — at least not the right kinds of places

Thursday, October 22, 2015

ITHACA, N.Y. — The sixth leading cause of death in Massachusetts is Alzheimer’s disease, which inflicts progressive memory loss, immobility and compromised immune systems on its victims. And as more aging Baby Boomers succumb, we have to ask …

Philip Korman & Margaret Christie: In pursuit of affordable food

Thursday, October 22, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In July, CISA launched SNAP and Save, a program that matches purchases made using food stamp benefits at 12 farmers’ markets in Hampshire and Hampden counties. This program, shaped in partnership with Healthy Hampshire and …

Lucas Krupinski: Amherst would save even more on solar by paying its own way

Thursday, October 22, 2015

AMHERST — On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Amherst will hold its second informational meeting about the town’s plan to go solar. While that is a laudable goal, it’s equally important we make certain we’re getting the best deal we …