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Frank Gatti, M.D.: Police must help protect mentally ill from needlessly violent deaths

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — I just watched a video of the police killing of Kajieme Powell, age 25, in St. Louis on Aug. 19. He is the other police killing. He is the one thought to have been mentally ill and to have decided to die in the method known as “suicide by police.” It is terribly sad that he was killed and I, for one, care a great deal about his … 0

Kirk Whatley: Taking good with bad in state’s new gun legislation

Monday, August 25, 2014

HADLEY — According to Guns and Ammo magazine, Massachusetts rates fourth from the bottom of the barrel when comes to being “gun friendly.” On Aug. 13, Gov. Deval Patrick signed Massachusetts’ latest gun control law, the Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. However, unlike past laws, there were many reasons for lawful firearms owners to be satisfied by this one. First, … 0

Ralph J. Dolan: Finding compassion for those in flight from violence in other lands

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — What now, America? With waves of human beings streaming across your southern border seeking refuge, you are now reaping the bitter fruit of centuries of occupation, plunder, coup d’ etats, proxy wars, exploitation, enslavement, torture and dislocation throughout Latin America. Most of these young migrants are from Honduras, which has the … 0

Jody Young: Time for Northampton to ban the plastic bag

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What do the American communities of Nantucket, Great Barrington, Brookline, Manchester by the Sea, Albany, Austin, Seattle, Honolulu, Maui, Berkeley, Long Beach, Malibu, San Francisco, and even Los Angeles have in common? They’ve all instituted bans … 1

Sarah Buttenwieser: Why midwife Judie Brock’s reputation preceded her

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Judie Brock was the first midwife to catch a baby at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in 1982. Her ability to assist families with the birth of their children was part of a watershed for women having babies … 0

John Sheirer: The wisdom (or lack thereof) of taking President Obama to court

Sunday, August 10, 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 … 0

Howard Friel: On Israel’s asserted right of self-defense

Sunday, August 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Was 9/11 a criminal act or an act of war justifying the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? Similarly, are actions against Israel by militants in Gaza criminal acts or acts of war justifying the habitual Israeli invasions and shelling of Gaza? These are not legalistic … 2

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

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

Dr. Ira Helfand & Dr. John O. Pastore: Nuclear doom lurks in U.S. faceoff with Russia over Ukraine

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As we mark the anniversary of the use of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, events in Europe, both current and historical, underline how great a danger nuclear weapons still pose to our national security. One hundred years ago this month, Europe stumbled into World War … 0

Jay Fleitman: Obama muffs what Truman got right

Monday, August 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The most famous quote about the lessons of history reads, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." There is a converse to this idea, as history has also had successes and those … 2

Jonathan Klate: Trying to get our souls free

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him where are you going And this he told me I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band I’m going to camp out … 0