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Mary Clare Higgins during a press conference held in her office Thursday afternoon.

Clare Higgins: Why these remain taxing times

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Are we overtaxed here in Massachusetts? For many years we were known as “Taxachusetts” and there certainly are some who think that is still true. Of course, the cost of living is high is our state. We have the fifth-highest transportation costs, the fourth-highest utility costs and the fifth-highest health care costs, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research. This winter certainly pushed the high cost …

Marty Nathan: It ought to be a law, and can: carbon fee and rebate

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Most of the climate news from the oceans and the Arctic and California has been grim, with changes occurring around the world even faster than climate scientists had predicted. But this month, as my mixed-religious family prepared to celebrate Passover and Easter, the two holidays of hope, there was a glimmer of optimism that we might be able to transform our …

Don Robinson: Hillary Clinton on my mind

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Why, despite all her “baggage,” does Hillary seem so right this time? The campaign is in its early stages. It is 19 months until Election Day 2016, 21 months till Inauguration Day 2017. In politics, “a week is an eternity,” as sage old Howard Baker used to remind us. So much hangs on Clinton’s health; whom the Republicans select as their …

Priscilla Ress: Eversource not to blame for wholesale electricity cost increase

Monday, March 9, 2015

Having read the March 4 commentary titled, “Cutting through the static,” we feel it’s important to address the concerns raised for the benefit of all our customers. As with all regulated electric utilities in Massachusetts, Eversource no longer generates electricity. This major change in our industry dates back …

John Sheirer: What Obamacare is, and isn’t — despite what they say

Monday, March 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last month, I wrote about a Facebook discussion in which I was called a baby-killer for being pro-choice. Ever the glutton for punishment, I recently engaged in a discussion of Obamacare on Facebook. Guess what? I was called a baby-killer for being pro-Obamacare. A guy just …

Kirk Whatley: Superintendent should order reset on Hadley baseball coach’s removal

Monday, March 9, 2015

HADLEY — With spring somewhere around some corner, folks in Hadley are looking forward to another successful run by the town’s Hopkins Academy baseball team. Make that, “Western Massachusetts Division IV Champion Hopkins Baseball Team.” The prospects for another solid season seem realistic. A large number of returning …

Zach Dietz: Later start time at Northampton High School can be achieved without cuts

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Students at Northampton High School, where I am a student, deserve a later start time. School presently begins at 7:30 a.m. and busing starts at 6:35 a.m. That’s why I wanted to address the Feb. 27 article, “Later start at Northampton High unlikely because of cost.” …

Bill Newman: When law enforcement bends rules on interrogation

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After almost 40 years as a civil rights attorney, nothing that law enforcement does to shred constitutional guarantees should surprise me. But a news report this week made me flinch. The Chicago police, America has learned, …

Rob Okun: The White Ribbon Day cause, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Major league baseball beginning domestic violence prevention workshops at spring training. The White House launching the It’s on Us initiative to prevent sexual assault. Emma Watson and the United Nations spearheading the new HeforShe movement. Men promoting gender equality and decrying violence against women is “suddenly” …

Cutting through static: A Hadley homeowner kicks tires on this year’s hefty electricity price hikes (COMMENTARY)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HADLEY — I’m pretty ticked off about my latest residential electric bill — partly because of what I owe, but mostly because of the actions of the Boston commissioners who are appointed by the governor of Massachusetts and …

Steve Herrell: Reset needed on later high school start time in Northampton

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Half of Northampton High School students fall asleep in class. No matter what the course, whether it be calculus or music theory, students don’t learn if they are asleep. In a well-done 2009 survey, under the auspices of the administration, 53 percent of students reported that …

Jay Fleitman: A man, a shovel and a mound of snow that won’t go away

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — ISIS is rampaging through the Middle East. The mullahs of Iran are working towards nuclear weapons. Putin is taking territory from the Ukraine. Obamacare is turning our health care system inside out. In this column I want to consider something else important: municipal snow plowing. I …

Dennis R. Scribner: Webcams will help advance police work in Easthampton

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton resident recently expressed concern over the Easthampton police department’s acquisition of two webcams donated by a local business owner. As an Easthampton detective, I would like to respond. First, the Easthampton Police Department is …