Between the Lines: Is Science Under Attack?
Feb06

Between the Lines: Is Science Under Attack?

The Trump administration’s order that all presentations and publications by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency be vetted by political appointees before their release to the public sent a shot of pain down my neck.Doug Ericksen, the EPA’s communications director during the transition, explained the policy in a Jan. 24 NPR interview. “We’ll take a look at what’s happening so that the voice coming from the EPA is one that’s going...

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Backtalk: Cheers to good reporting on charter schools, the environment and fake news
Jan09

Backtalk: Cheers to good reporting on charter schools, the environment and fake news

Love for the Advocate Cheers to the Valley Advocate writers and staff for excellence in informative journalism covering topics with both local and universal appeal. Particularly notable in recent months was the “Extra Credit on Question 2 — Follow the Money” article by Hunter Styles that ran under the Between the Lines banner in the Nov. 3 issue. Mr. Styles’ piece brought into focus the out-of-state interests and national debate...

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Backtalk: Readers react to Halos and Horns
Jan03

Backtalk: Readers react to Halos and Horns

Halos & HornsEditor’s Note: Some responses to the Advocate’s annual section dedicated to the promoting and pooh-poohing of what went on in the last year.I just want to congratulate you on your latest issue. I found it engaging and on target. Beside the nods to Planned Parenthood, the SPLC, and other things close to my heart, I was heartened to see the Halo for my dear departed friend Ed Vadas, one of our region’s true and immortal...

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Back Talk: Time to Unite Under Trump?
Nov28

Back Talk: Time to Unite Under Trump?

Time to Unite?Was Peter Vancini’s Nov. 24-30, 2016 column “Between the Lines: One Nation Under Trump?” the kick in the pants you needed to get over your Clinton funk or the musings of a dreamer? Great thoughts on joining together at Thanksgiving instead of discussing political issues — we should be united, we are the United States of America!— Mike Lamontagne,Turners Falls Congratulations on the subject article. Very well...

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Back Talk: Cyclists Beware and Holyoke Charter Schools
Oct10

Back Talk: Cyclists Beware and Holyoke Charter Schools

Vertical Grates a Danger to CyclistsThe last part of my bicycle commute from Greenfield to Gill is the Gill-Montague Bridge. I had been enduring black hole potholes, asphalt that was worn down to dirt, and trucks and cars barrelling within feet of me. My vision of trips on a designated bike trail, with an unclenched jaw and leisurely glances at the river beneath were immediately shattered when I saw that they had installed vertical...

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