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WMassP&I Begins Guest Views Column…

In these tumultuous times, robust debate grounded in well-researched writing and opinions could not be more important. People are segmenting themselves off from each other via geography and media, frustrating our ability to solve problems. While WMassP&I has tried to provide sharp and fact-based news,

In Springfield, Retooling to Get Campaign Redux in a Row…

SPRINGFIELD—In politics, the City of Homes likes a comeback story. Over the last twenty years, the most successful at-large City Council challengers have made a stab at the office—or even held it—once before. That factor favors Ernesto Cruz and Jesse Lederman as they seek one of five

Take My Council, Please: Gotta Keep on (Food) Trucking…

SPRINGFIELD—Emotion and politics ran high at Monday night’s City Council meeting as a labor pact with district fire chiefs failed and the food truck ordinance returned to committee. Both items faced months or even years of anticipation. The rejection of the labor pact with the

Analysis: CPA Battle Perhaps a Chapter of Holyoke Change…

The full Holyoke City Council ended the stalemate over the Community Preservation Act (CPA) ordinance last Tuesday by voting to override Mayor Alex Morse’s veto and enacting the bill. The ordinance, which establishes the city’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC), sailed through the Council early last