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Adam Fisher: Honey, I sold the kids

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Children are darling. Children are dear. But children are also expensive, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which noted in its latest child-rearing guestimations that considering what we’ve invested, my three kids should be worth in the neighborhood of $750,000. Others may sneeze at such a figure, but as a fixed-income retiree, what I want to know is, where do I get the check? Mind you, they are good children in my eyes, but with the price of bread and gas going up and the meaningfulness of Social Security on the downswing, perhaps it is time to pull up stakes. Surely a … 0

Heidi Ehrenreich: Memories of a boy who loved the alien genius of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HATFIELD — I keep a stash of Robin Williams films ready to be popped into my VCR, yes VCR, for those times when nothing else will lift spirits up and transform my gloom with pure glee. Even though I can quote every word of “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “The Birdcage” by now, each time … 0

Editorial: Repeat violations suggest OSHA fines are toothless

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says contractors working in a former Easthampton mill failed repeatedly to guard against workplace injuries. It’s good the agency is monitoring job sites, since more than 4,000 Americans are killed in private industry every year. But the agency’s feeble sanctions seem unable to compel lasting compliance. … 0

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Editorial: Northampton business owners get cold shoulder on rail project

Friday, August 8, 2014

Work to improve a railroad crossing in Northampton this weekend will force detours and delays. Some disruption is of course inevitable with big road projects. For travelers, it’s part of the cost of progress — and the pain is temporary. Those who manage projects like this must limit … 0

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Let’s all act to help fix problems in a broken world

Friday, August 8, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — This summer I went hiking in Scotland for several weeks. During that time, I did not hear news of any kind — except for who won the World Cup. Then, on my flight home from London to Boston, I sat next to a woman who recounted … 0

Kumble Subbaswamy: Goal of sharing UMass cost reached in time of cutbacks

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — In a time when many states are divesting from public higher education, the political leaders of Massachusetts had the vision to do just the opposite. By enacting the second year of the “50/50” funding plan for the University of Massachusetts, they have demonstrated a deep understanding … 0

Editorial: New land trust shapes new solution

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The new Amherst Community Land Trust is counting on public support. Organizers are passionate about making housing more affordable in Amherst. We hope they succeed in bringing this innovative concept to life. The nonprofit trust would assist a prospective buyer by stepping in as a partner to buy … 0

John Paradis: How combat veterans can heal by taking the next hill

Thursday, August 7, 2014

RUSSELL — Just after dusk in the hall of the General Knox Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6645, three men, all military veterans, are sharing what it’s like to get up each morning and hike for an entire … 0

Lois Ahrens: How many probation people were hired through patronage?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: There has been a lot of ink and a lot angst over the convictions of John O’Brien and Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke. As quoted in the Gazette, “Former judge and district attorney W. Michael … 1

Glenn Swanson: Some lessons and questions about presidential legacy

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: In response to Jay Fleitman’s column about Obama’s shortcomings in comparison to President Harry Truman’s, I would offer a couple of observations. My recollection is that 60 years ago, shortly after Truman had left the Oval Office, his stature as a president was pretty low; … 0

Michael Aronson: Common sense is common courtesy on Norwottuck Rail Trail

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: Those of us fortunate enough to experience the blessings of the Norwottuck Rail Trail need to exercise common sense in its use. The trail is inherently multi-use, frequented by individuals and groups, of commuters on bikes, dog walkers, bird watchers and runners. To ensure a … 3

Diana Riddle: ‘Peace for Gaza’ rallies point out U.S. stance

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: The horror of Gaza is not very far away. It is disingenuous to stand back and shake our heads about what “they are doing over there.” We cannot choose whose actions to support. The U.S. government, whom we fund with our taxes, has made our … 0

Editorial: Domestic violence must not be treated as private matter

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A terrible irony clouds the domestic violence bill awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature. The legislation and its welcome reforms were sparked by the August 2013 stabbing death of Jennifer Martel at the hands of Jared Remy. It might … 0