Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Sunny
75°
Sunny
Hi 78° | Lo 50°

Columns

GORDON DANIELS
Don Robinson for Op-Ed page mug

Don Robinson: The new world information order

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ASHFIELD — For those concerned about the health of democracy in America and around the world, this has been a deeply troubling summer. President Obama is faring reasonably well. He has had to defend himself against charges that he has not been nice enough to members of Congress, but otherwise, he has been pretty much free to do as he chooses in far-flung theaters of conflict. That he has done … 0

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 … 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

Bruce Watson: Marking history with a Hallmark sentiment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LEVERETT — Hey there History! Happy anniversaries! With a second Cold War looming and an umpteenth Iraq War on hold, history is haunting us this summer. And because our past is now cluttered with wars, battles and other earth-shaking events, this strange summer has also seen a strange … 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