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Editorial: Something to nip in the bud: street fighting at Smith College

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Things got a little crazy a week ago at Smith College. Near the end of a scheduled party hosted by the Smith African and Caribbean Students’ Association, a crowd of up to 500 people spilled outside the college’s Campus Center. A Northampton Police Department sergeant listening on a shared public safety radio frequency heard yelling and screaming at 1:20 a.m., then frantic calls for assistance from the lone campus police …

Jim Cahillane: The bicycling brothers who conquered the air

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The overriding theme for many presidential candidates so far is that America is on the rocks and that they, as a political doomsayer, will be America’s answer. May I propose that they take my old-timer advice and “go fly a kite.” The Wright brothers did — and therein soars a heavenly American story. It’s been newly researched and retold by …

John Sheirer: Sending good vibes for everyone

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

“Please pray for me.” I see this request on Facebook more often than posts about food, puppies, grandchildren and the day’s weather combined. The reasons for these requests range from poignant to commonplace to outlandish. “Dad is going in for surgery today.” “My little girl has her blood test this morning.” “I see the doctor today at noon.” My heart goes out to …

Bill Newman: Taking roads, and trails, less traveled by

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding …

Rekha Basu: Is Hillary Clinton playing it too cool?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — I envy Hillary Clinton’s ability to keep her cool. I wish I knew how she does it. When she walked, characteristically beaming and waving, onto the Des Moines Area Community College stage with Tom Vilsack last week in Des Moines, Iowa, it was as …

Richard M. Clifford Sr.: The blessing of uncommon courtesy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — On a recent visit to a 7-Eleven, I walked up to the door as another car pulled into the lot. I hauled open the door and then turned and waited for an elderly gentleman behind me to reach the door. As I held the door open …

Kathryn R. Eiseman: Embattled Kinder Morgan pipeline project fires up TV spots, ‘push’ polling

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

If you watch television, you’ve probably noticed the ads trying to link support for renewable energy with support for new gas pipelines. Featuring bona fide New Englanders smiling in the wind and sunshine, these ads are from the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, a group partially funded by …

Julio Capó Jr.: Why it took science, and many decades, to get to truth of presidential love child

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The results are in, and DNA evidence confirms that Warren is the father! No, this is not a quote pulled from a Maury Povich recording. It is one of a summer week’s biggest headlines: Warren Gamaliel Harding, the …

DeAnne Riddle: Eye in the sky over Alberta’s tar sands pits

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST I’m very concerned about both the North East Direct gas pipeline, which would affect our region, and the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring tar mixed with solvents from Alberta to our Gulf Coast. Both would carry …

Dick Stein, Larry Ely and Steve Randall: Alarming sea level rise predicted

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — On July 23 James Hansen and 16 leading climatologists, employing innovative new climate models, published a bombshell paper: “Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms.” Published on an international climatologist discussion web forum, their paper provoked immediate, extensive debate in newspapers and among climatologists before its …

Jay Fleitman: The problems with Donald Trump that Republicans must not overlook

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — This past weekend I hosted an event that drew Republican activists from throughout western Massachusetts and the rest of the state. There were a good number of Donald Trump supporters in the crowd. I spent some time at the end of the evening listening to two …

Rutherford H. Platt: A nuclear theater of the absurd

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Doctors Andrew Larkin and Ira Helfand in their columns marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Gazette, Aug. 6) remind us once again that this planet remains on the slippery slope to self-annihilation. Amid a whirlwind of competing threats — climate change, …

Vijay Prashad: Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Why anyone would oppose the Iran deal bewilders the imagination. Short of this deal lies a war with Iran. If the West wants a war with Iran, then the deal is a terrible idea. If the West does not wish a war against Iran, the deal …