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Neosha Narayanan: The scourge of scientific illiteracy in the US

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — New York City is under water. What once used to be a bustling metropolis now resembles an underwater museum, only open to divers who float around with oxygen tanks on their backs. The Empire State Building is licked by waves, its windows covered in algae. The water is murky and brown. When divers surface, the air, too, is dirty and unsafe to breathe. The life expectancy for their …

Johanna Neumann: Amherst should go big on solar

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AMHERST — Like many of us, Amherst’s late town manager, John Musante, had a vision for a cleaner and greener future. In fact, the week before his untimely death, Musante’s team unveiled the next chapter in Amherst’s solar story: a proposal to power all of Amherst’s town and school buildings with energy captured from the sun at the town’s landfills. Going solar makes …

James Durfer: The VA and me — a Desert Storm veteran now fighting ALS reports from his new front line

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The quality of care and wait times at our nation’s veterans hospitals has been headline material for the last year. I would like provide both a personal description of my care and a brief description of the systemic problems the hospitals face. I am a disabled veteran who is fighting ALS, …

Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal …

Don Robinson: Jimmy Carter, the lion of Camp David

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancerous tumors in his brain provoked deep feelings around the world and across this country. The news stirred personal memories as well. In the fall of 1975, when he declared his candidacy for president, his staff planned a visit to …

Barry Hirsch: Rhyme and reason with Iran over the nuclear deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The premise on which all Iranian nuclear discussions are based is that under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. As is often stated “all options are on the table,” which we all know is code for military strikes. This premise appears …

Christopher Flavelle: birthright

Monday, August 24, 2015

Until three years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders — temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed …

Nancy Bandman-Boyle: Looking for compromise on library depository planned for Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — I’d like to clarify opinions I shared during the Hadley Planning Board meeting last week and offer further details than were reported in Wednesday’s article, “Hadley presses for smaller Five Colleges library annex.” I believe in a place for books and I support my local libraries. …

Clare Higgins: Trumpeting one presidential candidate’s huge and great news

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Here’s a letter to America from Donald J. Trump: I am applying to be the leader of the United States because I truly believe that Trump is the only person capable of making America Great Again. I know that you will agree once you really get …

Jeffrey Peterson: Determined to shape ‘happy trails’ in Northampton

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — People who visit the Smith Vocational and Agricultural Farm Fields on Burts Pit Road in Northampton will soon be greeted by an important message. A sign will note that people who use the property — 282 acres of state-owned land designated for agricultural use and under …

Philip Korman, Jeff Cole and Andrew Morehouse: State helps lead way in getting locally grown foods to low-income families

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently created a win-win situation for the Commonwealth, seizing a chance to improve public health, build our economy and support local farmers. Building on its vision to improve the health status of all residents, the department received $3.4 million from …

Adam Fisher: Why not let sleeping questions lie?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As once it was for the astronomers and poets of Egypt and Greece and Rome, so it is today as the dog days of summer reassert themselves in all their slurpy, sluggish splendor. Things slow down …