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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,

Briefings: Art & Activism, as Springfield Meets Parkland…

SPRINGFIELD—History is not without a sense of irony. Two hundred plus years ago, George Washington sited the national armory here, spurring a weapons industry. Today, though much retrenched, gunmaker still employ hundreds. But Springfield-made firearms are not just mowing down Redcoats, Confederates, Imperial and Nazi

A Race Gone Amaad? New Hampden Senate Bid Surfaces…

Former Springfield City Councilor Amaad Rivera has reentered the electoral arena, challenging West Springfield Senator James Welch. Rivera, who has mostly worked as a political aide since leaving office, is Welch’s second Democratic primary opponent. Springfield Ward 1 Councilor Adam Gomez announced in January. Taking

In March for Our Lives, Springfield Confronts Its Demons…

SPRINGFIELD—From Court Square past the Central Library to the Federal Courthouse and back, hundreds, perhaps a thousand, marched. A bolero of car horns met them along major arteries. Both victim and source of gun proliferation, Springfield offered a rare show of civic force Saturday, adding

Briefings: Warren to March for Our Lives in Springfield…

SPRINGFIELD—United States Senator Elizabeth Warren is slated to attend the Springfield March for Our Lives this Saturday. The nationwide marches, organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, aim to tighten the nation’s gun laws. By speaking at Springfield’s

Take My Council, Please: Someone to Grant Your Wishes…

SPRINGFIELD—Scheduling conflicts prompted a rare regular Council meeting only a week after the last one.  Consequently, the agenda was spare especially when compared to the last few. Nonetheless, it included potentially significant staffing items on a key Springfield commission and in the Finance Department. The