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DILLON SUSSMAN
Gene Barry of Northampton, a veteran traveler in his city, on a street -- his preferred place to walk for reasons an urban planner sniffed out.

Dillon Sussman: Why some Valley residents choose to walk in the middle of the street

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the joys of being a land planner is that what I learn at work helps me understand how communities function and why people act the way they do. Here’s an example: A year ago I moved from one neighborhood to another in the same city — Northampton. One of the first things that struck me was …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Natural gas pipeline opponents dig in for long fight against Kinder Morgan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CUMMINGTON — What have we learned since January, when landowners across Massachusetts started receiving knocks on their doors from Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline land agents with requests to survey land? Affected landowners, concerned citizens, nonprofits and officials at all levels of government have networked with allies across the Northeast, piecing together a picture of just what Kinder Morgan is after when the …

Adam Fisher: The timeless appeal of the unvarnished truth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At a time when my daughter was not much taller than a door handle, the two of us would sometimes walk to a nearby park in Springfield where we lived. My daughter had pretty much gotten the knack of walking, though I would carry her when she got tired. In the …

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Dr. Ira Helfand & Dr. John O. Pastore: Nuclear doom lurks in U.S. faceoff with Russia over Ukraine

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As we mark the anniversary of the use of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, events in Europe, both current and historical, underline how great a danger nuclear weapons still pose to our national security. One hundred years ago this month, Europe stumbled into World War …

Jay Fleitman: Obama muffs what Truman got right

Monday, August 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The most famous quote about the lessons of history reads, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." There is a converse to this idea, as history has also had successes and those … 2

Jonathan Klate: Trying to get our souls free

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him where are you going And this he told me I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band I’m going to camp out …

Bill Newman: How Hatfield resident William Burke III was found guilty of a thought crime

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Headlines in western Massachusetts newspapers at the conclusion of the recent federal criminal trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and his assistants, Elizabeth Tavares and Hatfield resident William Burke III should have read, “Jurors reject … 5

Rich Szlosek: Where sun still sets on a bit of the English empire

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I come from a family that never traveled anywhere. My parents seemed unaware of the concept of a vacation and so, not surprisingly, until I met my wife I had no idea I would enjoy trips …

Marty Nathan: A pipeline we don’t need for gas we don’t want

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I was thinking hard about writing a piece on the planned Northeast extension by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. when we received word from our next-door neighbor that the Northampton fire and police departments had been …

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — There is a joke that goes: What’s so good about turning 65? Answer: Insurance agents stop calling. I would like to suggest a variation on that joke: What’s so good about turning 65? For almost all people in the United States, the good news is they … 3

Bruce Watson: 'North Dakota becomes a state ... no one knows why' In celebration of National Boredom Month, great moments in American ennui

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LEVERETT — First the bad news: Due to tedious circumstances, the opening ceremonies of National Boredom Month have been canceled. We boredom aficionados are mildly upset. Don’t we deserve another NFL Training Camp Roundup? Another Low-level City Official …

Darien Gardner: For those with chronic pain and illness, self-starvation just one method to end one’s life

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In most cases a pet owner is doing the good and right thing by having their beloved pet put down to save it from needless and lengthy suffering, and similarly, in most cases human beings are doing the good and right thing by ending their lives …