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J.M. Sorrell: Never more proud to be of Irish heritage

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HAYDENVILLE — Never have I been more proud to be Irish than on May 22. The Irish people — urban and rural alike — voted for marriage equality. In a country where close to 90 percent of the population is Catholic and goes to Mass every Sunday, they have demonstrated that love and an innate sense of fairness supersede oppressive doctrine. I was not surprised by the vote or the …

Jane Lyons: The long wait for what’s right — child welfare on margins in Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HADLEY — It just hit me. If a person went to a hospital emergency room and wasn’t treated for days or months, we would all be outraged. If there were inadequate numbers of staff to treat us, or a family member or friend, we would demand that the hospital be equipped to do its job. We would demand that well-trained medical professionals be …

Lynne Bertrand: A spring visitor in Williamsburg comes bearing a reminder

Friday, May 22, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A black bear materialized yesterday in the yard, a sudden presence in the shadows at the river out back. He ambled up the hill and past the house, giving off the appearance of someone who had lost his glasses and was fumbling around in the kitchen to make a sandwich. He …

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Barry Hirsch, M.D.: What patients should know about medical pot dispensaries

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The coming of a marijuana dispensary to Northampton raises serious concerns for me as a physician. I was educated and trained to use specific medications, at specific doses, for specific conditions based on pre-marketing studies done by drug companies and post-marketing studies performed by physicians. Once …

Jenny A. Daniell: Who is the real eco-terrorist, Berkshire Gas or pipeline critics?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

LEVERETT — In an April 25 article published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Christopher Farrell, a spokesperson for Berkshire Gas, accused opponents of the Kinder Morgan pipeline of “eco-terrorism.” We’ve been looking for the eco-terrorists, and so far, we haven’t had much luck. And now, Farrell has apologized. …

Bill Newman: The wait for full marriage equality

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — No one outside Northampton City Hall on the evening of Nov. 18, 2003, will forget the celebration. People hugged and cheered. Balloons floated. Signs were hoisted. Rainbow flags were waved. And Rachel Maddow spoke. Earlier that …

Samrat Upadhyay: Impermanence and suffering in Nepal

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Images coming out of Nepal’s devastating earthquake on Saturday reminded me of another earthquake of similar magnitude that occurred 81 years ago. That earthquake of 1934, or nabbey salko bhuichalo, as it was referred to throughout my childhood in Katmandu, had acquired an air of a legend, delivered …

David E. Sullivan & Ruth Ever: Prom and graduation parties that go too far

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Parents play a major role in their child’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. As we enter prom and graduation season, the Northwestern district attorney’s office is partnering with local substance abuse prevention coalitions, like the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition, to promote a clear message: …

Mark Zinan: Out standing in their field: the GOP’s 2016 contenders

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — With the first presidential primary a mere nine months away, Republican contenders are lining up in droves in their quest for the highest political office. While the Democratic Party has chosen to live or die with …

John Musante & Kumble Subbaswamy: Let’s keep positive town-gown momentum going

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — In 2013, when Amherst Town Meeting agreed to match the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s commitment of $30,000 for a consultant to aid in the development of a shared economic development and housing vision, an historic process was begun. This collaborative effort marked the first time the …

Clare Higgins: Why these remain taxing times

Friday, April 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Are we overtaxed here in Massachusetts? For many years we were known as “Taxachusetts” and there certainly are some who think that is still true. Of course, the cost of living is high is our state. We have the fifth-highest transportation costs, the fourth-highest utility costs …

Marty Nathan: It ought to be a law, and can: carbon fee and rebate

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Most of the climate news from the oceans and the Arctic and California has been grim, with changes occurring around the world even faster than climate scientists had predicted. But this month, as my mixed-religious family prepared to celebrate Passover and Easter, the two holidays of …

Don Robinson: Hillary Clinton on my mind

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Why, despite all her “baggage,” does Hillary seem so right this time? The campaign is in its early stages. It is 19 months until Election Day 2016, 21 months till Inauguration Day 2017. In politics, “a week is an eternity,” as sage old Howard Baker used …