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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 Hamas was firing dozens upon dozens of long-range missiles at targets ranging from Eilat in the south to Haifa in the North. I have been to Israel eight times since 1971. I’ve seen just about every part of this tiny country, with its shifting boundaries, from the Sinai desert to the Lebanese border. Friends have shown me their bomb shelters, dubbed “safe rooms.” They have shared stories … 0

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. It gets fishier still: While the majority of the seafood Americans eat is foreign, a … 0

Pre-campaign hits and misses

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton reportedly plans to spend most of the summer in relative seclusion, after a month-long pre-campaign road test promoting her qualifications from being secretary of state and testing her stamina for a potential marathon ahead. But frenzied events where enthusiastic supporters mobbed the pre-season 2016 presidential favorite shared press attention with missteps … 0

Pat Schneider: Moved by Bill Newman’s homefront account of Vietnam era

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Today I am reading Bill Newman’s book, “When the War Came Home.” It is a portrait of a generation, written not in reflection long after events, but in immediate responses as journalist, memoirist, commentary, poet. Newman … 0

Don Robinson: A fossil fuel emancipation? Comparing numbers, and strategies, with end of slavery in US

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — To understand the challenge of climate change, Christopher Hayes argues that we can compare it to ending slavery in the middle of the 19th century. As Hayes recognizes, in a brilliant May 12 essay in The Nation, historical analogies are never perfect. There is no moral … 2

Christopher L. Doyle: WWI, A war too easy to forget

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Commenting recently about seeing the play “War Horse,” one of my 11th-grade students expressed surprise that “even some of the Nazis had humane feelings” for the plight of animals caught up in war. “It’s about the First World … 0

Marty Nathan: Getting the message that climate change crisis is real

Monday, June 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The World Meteorological Society announced that in April, for the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels surpassed 400 parts per million throughout the northern Hemisphere. This is an increase of 40 percent since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Prior to that the … 13

Marietta Pritchard: Steve Strimer’s love affair with print continues with Levellers Press

Friday, June 20, 2014

AMHERST — Steve Strimer may not literally have printer’s ink in his veins, but he comes about as close as you can get. I first knew him as a lively, funny, somewhat subversive presence at the Gazette in the late ’70s. I was a new editorial recruit, and … 0

Doyle McManus: ISIS — is it too extreme to survive?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just how terrifying is the Sunni Muslim extremist group that’s taken over a huge swath of territory in northern Iraq? Here are some clues: After seizing Iraq’s second-largest city, the group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, boasted of massacring 1,700 prisoners in … 0

Greg Rolland: Keep FBI’s hands off our school employees’ fingerprints

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Ordinary, non-criminal citizens should not, as a general rule, be subject to FBI fingerprinting. However, the kindergarten teachers of my twin daughters, both devoted and caring women, should? So says the recent Massachusetts law that will … 2

Adam Fisher: The VA’s standing around army of patients

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are at least two things that I can imagine might keep doctors from signing on to work at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. One is income. Nationwide, there is a great deal of hand-wringing … 0

Lynne Bertrand: When fish, and imaginations, take flight: Or, we’ll miss you, Ryuzaki, Peter Matthiessen and Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG Everyone else has moved on, but I am still mourning the death of a fish who lived for a season in a bowl in our kitchen. His name was Ryuzaki, after the renowned detective of Japanese manga. … 0

Julio Capó Jr.: Money, not morals, drives response to bias in professional sports

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AMHERST Donald Sterling refuses to go without a fight. The NBA shunned the LA Clippers owner after a racist conversation he had with his girlfriend surfaced on the net. The NBA’s lead counsel now believes the franchise and … 0