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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

Marietta Pritchard: Great expectations when reading aloud

Friday, March 14, 2014

AMHERST — Read to your children, say the wise educators as well as the large athletes on TV. Who can argue with that? But what about adults reading to each other? I haven’t yet heard that it’s part of the locker-room culture, but it can surely be a … 0

John Paradis: Doing the right thing for veterans

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Veterans have been down this road before. The debate over benefits for veterans is as old as the republic. The politics of compensation for veterans has been a major issue after every war our nation has fought. Throughout … 1

Rutherford H. Platt: A tale of two urban parks

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Among the world’s great urban streetscapes, there are few rivals to Chicago’s Michigan Avenue where an escarpment of landmark buildings to the west faces a collage of parks and the fabulous Chicago Art Institute to the east, with Lake Michigan beyond. Dedicated in 1836 to remain … 0

Bruce Watson: Pothole primer

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

LEVERETT — Driving is always dicey in this part of the world, what with thousands of drivers having been to Boston and some even raised there. Throw in our twisted two-lanes, texting teens and the old New England attitude of “we don’t need no stinkin’ street signs” and … 0

John Sheirer: Bumper sticker battles over Obamacare

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Republican friend recently showed me his new bumper sticker: “Obamacare only works for people who don’t.” He beamed. I gave him a questioning look. “Obamacare is just another giveaway to lazy people,” he explained. “You paid money for that?” I asked. “No,” he gushed. “I … 1

Denise Pinardi: Driver caught in ‘Blarney Blowout’ mourns state of higher ed

Monday, March 10, 2014

AMHERST — I was one of about 10 drivers attempting to drive past the Hillel Tower just off the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when we were enveloped in a huge group of … 0

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Why I am taking a new Lenten challenge

Friday, March 7, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Christians are observing the holy season of Lent — the time when we “walk” with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross. The 40 days of Lent (culminating in “Holy Week” with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter) are a time of reflection, deepening prayer, … 0

Rich Szlosek: Northampton has its fame, but still lacks hall to put it in

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I can certainly count on one hand the number of times I have quoted Lewis Carroll in my life. But this morning it seems to be the appropriate thing to do. So, here goes. “Oh frabjous … 1

Don Lesser: Not ready to count Hillary out as presidential timber

Thursday, March 6, 2014

AMHERST — While my sympathies are in line with columnist Jonathan Klate, and my politics more in sync with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, I must disagree with his argument (“Not ready for President Hillary,” Monday). Hillary Clinton … 8

Dan Kaplan: Bridging the gap on farmland — an In Close Proximity essay

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Each month the In Close Proximity column, created by the Pioneer Valley Relocalization Project, discusses an aspect of relocalization, a process governments and citizens can use to create green land use, agriculture, manufacturing and transportation. The group’s associate, … 0