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Adam Fisher

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

Margaret Christie & Philip Korman: When local food producers go big

Monday, August 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — Demand for locally grown products by larger buyers, such as retailers, restaurants and institutions, is increasing in our region, and that is welcome news. A recent Gazette story, “Big food retailers going local,” highlighted the efforts of a few large buyers, BJ’s and Big Y, to purchase from local growers. But this is only a small part of the story. Hospitals, … 0

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — There is a joke that goes: What’s so good about turning 65? Answer: Insurance agents stop calling. I would like to suggest a variation on that joke: What’s so good about turning 65? For almost all people in the United States, the good news is they … 3

Bruce Watson: 'North Dakota becomes a state ... no one knows why' In celebration of National Boredom Month, great moments in American ennui

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LEVERETT — First the bad news: Due to tedious circumstances, the opening ceremonies of National Boredom Month have been canceled. We boredom aficionados are mildly upset. Don’t we deserve another NFL Training Camp Roundup? Another Low-level City Official … 0

Darien Gardner: For those with chronic pain and illness, self-starvation just one method to end one’s life

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In most cases a pet owner is doing the good and right thing by having their beloved pet put down to save it from needless and lengthy suffering, and similarly, in most cases human beings are doing the good and right thing by ending their lives … 0

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the course of 18 days, the Israeli assault on Gaza cost over 1,000 Palestinian lives, with many thousands wounded. Gaza’s infrastructure has been pummeled — its water and sewer systems, its hospitals and its schools … 19

Ralph Dolan: Edwards’ faith reached beyond fire and brimstone

Monday, July 28, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of the columnist’s look at the life of 18th century preacher Rev. Jonathan Edwards. NORTHAMPTON — Jonathan Edwards was described as a “frail, scholarly” youth of 24 when he arrived in … 0

Gustav Niebuhr: The bishop and Abe Lincoln An example of religion’s positive influence on politics

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Founding Fathers had good reasons for explicitly barring government from inserting itself into matters of religion. But nothing in the Constitution forbids a president from consulting with clerics, and meetings between presidents and religious figures have, on occasion, helped shape history. One such time came when an … 0

What’s your elevator pitch?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let’s say you step into an elevator, push the button for the 10th floor, watch the doors slide shut and cast a quick glance at the other passengers in the car. Lo and behold, you spot one of the Koch brothers! No, it’s the CEO of ExxonMobil! Or … 0

Don Robinson column: Freedom Summer 1964

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The civil rights movement came to a head a half-century ago, during the summer of 1964. I was a graduate student and spent most of that summer in Mississippi. While largely a spectator, speaking to gatherings of white people (church groups, Rotary Clubs and the like), I saw … 0

Sara Weinberger: Loving our way out of Mideast war

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two weeks ago, my daughter texted me, “What are you supposed to do when there is a siren?” Under ordinary circumstances, that would have been an odd question. My daughter, however, was texting from a hotel room in Jerusalem, where the sirens meant “Take shelter,” because … 2

Paul Greenberg: Bring back local seafood

Monday, July 21, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. … 0