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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

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 … 0

Rick Hood: Amherst commitment to school equity real, growing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee did the right thing by meeting this week. Dr. Amilcar Shabazz did the right thing by apologizing at that meeting. But there is more to be said about this. This situation was not a failure of the chairs of the committees; … 0

What the Second Amendment intended

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment. But what does it mean? History offers some surprises: It turns out in each era, the meaning is set not by some pristine constitutional text, but by … 3

Jay Fleitman: Columnist responds to letter about IRS investigation

Monday, July 14, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a response by Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman to the writer of a recent letter. The letter-writer took issue with a July 1 column by Fleitman about the investigation into Lois Lerner of the … 0

Irv Rhodes: Amherst must find and embrace its moral center

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to several articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin concerning incidents taking place mainly at the Amherst Regional High School and one reported incident at the middle school. I come from a large extended family composed of different races and … 1

John Sheirer: ‘We the neighborhood’ feels like sound political philosophy

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the Fourth of July, my wife Betsy and I walked the hilly driveway to our neighbors’ house. Using the key that they had left for us, we let ourselves in so we could water their plants and feed their cat while they were away for … 0

Carl P. Leubsdorf: GOP’s trouble with Hispanic vote in 2016

Friday, July 11, 2014

Republicans are once again criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration. Despite a lot of talk, the GOP has done nothing to improve its dire political standing with Hispanics. Within days of Mitt Romney’s decisive 2012 defeat, GOP leaders agreed they needed a more positive approach to the … 1

John Paradis: Just me, myself and I — happily unplugged in our antic age

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I run as much for my mental health as I do for physical exercise. I get on a trail and it’s my time alone. I focus on the moment. It’s my Zen time to treasure — … 0

Kathleen Anderson:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — The recent memo from school committee chairs denouncing Amilcar Shabazz’s recent comments at a meeting of the Schools Equity Task Force comes across as an incitant document. It is an example of what social justice and anti-racism professional practitioners could describe as an example of white … 3

Elizabeth S. Chilton: Public-minded archaeology, as practiced at UMass, thinks beyond monetary value

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — I write in response to a recent editorial (“Native artifacts should be public treasures,” July 4) and articles by Kathleen McKiernan (“Deerfield farmer wants UMass to return ‘several thousand’ Indian relics,” July 1, and “Deerfield panel … 1