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Dennis Skoglund, left, who is the publisher of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, presents Sarah Buttenwieser with a gift during a gathering to recognize the Daily Hampshire Gazette Person of the Year Monday at Hadley Farms Meeting House. Buttenwieser was one of a group who nominated this year's winner, Jack Finn. Looking on are Laura Dintino, who is the events coordinator for the Gazette, and Jim Ayres, who is the executive director of United Way of Hampshire County.

Jim Ayres: Saluting lives of remarkable ordinariness

Monday, June 1, 2015

At first glance, it might seem the nominations the Gazette and United Way of Hampshire County received for our first Person of the Year Award are in the realm of ordinary. There is no one who dedicated their entire life to developing a cure for cancer. No one who stopped world hunger. No one who risked life and limb to …

Jay Fleitman: What is it that makes America, well, America?

Monday, June 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — There is nothing like traveling in another country to make you reflect on what it means to be a citizen of your own. We had just returned from three weeks traveling in Ireland — a very pretty country, intensely green like a well-manicured park, with large swathes of green grass divided by old stone walls and dotted with white sheep with …

Clare Higgins: Do we pass Hubert Humphrey’s moral test of a society?

Friday, May 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hubert Humphrey: “It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” I have been thinking about this quote since …

Adam Fisher: Finding uplift in a Depression-era voice

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In an age of too much information and too little to show for it, it is hard to know who’s wearing the white hats — you know, the good guys, the credible guys, the guys and …

Mark Zinan: In search of the real Rand Paul

Monday, April 13, 2015

SUNDERLAND — In case you hadn’t heard the news, Republican Sen. Rand Paul is campaigning for president. During the past week, Paul received the same mega-publicity typically reserved for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (HRC) latest book tour or her six month faux-Hamlet pondering, to run or not run. Huge …

John Sheirer: Pushing the boundaries of belief

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — To commemorate Easter in the context of current politics, a progressive Christian friend of mine recently posted a picture on Facebook that depicts Christ’s crucifixion with the fake Fox News headline: “Socialist Hippie Executed.” My friend noted that she thought long and hard about whether or …

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Armenian genocide: the truth that won’t stay told

Friday, April 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As soon as the calendar turned from 2014 to 2015, I knew that my April column would be devoted to the 100th anniversary of the start of the genocide of the Armenian people — and I began to dread what that would involve. I knew I …

Rape defendant needs rehab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the trial of Emmanuel Bile has ended and along with it the daily parade of front-page stories, I would like to reflect on another tragedy: the prison systems in the United States. This young man needs rehabilitation, but is not going to get it …

John Paradis: There’s still time to honor service of Vietnam veterans

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nine days after his 18th birthday, Lenny Desrochers from Granby, 5 foot 7 and 130 pounds, arrived at Da Nang on Dec. 9, 1966. He was assigned to Delta Company, First Battalion, Fifth Regiment, First Marines, and was stationed at Quang Tri. For 13 months in …

Max Page & Dan Clawson: Build the public schools that Holyoke’s young people deserve

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Let’s be clear: No one in their right mind thinks all is well in the Holyoke schools. Holyoke’s young people are not getting the same life chances that kids get in Newton, or Longmeadow, or Lexington. Yes, the teachers in Holyoke have struggled valiantly and helped …

William Diehl & Desiree Lalbeharie-Josias: On early ed, let’s not lose ground

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As educators working under the banner that “everyone is a learner,” recent guest columns in the Gazette on the vital importance of investing in early education programs drew our attention. We applaud Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to invest an additional $105 million in K-12 schools, and …

Sophie Glading-DiLorenzo, Emme Hutchins, Reilly Griffin, Mark Grabiec Jr. & Cassie Bills: Northampton High School sign earns its keep

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: This commentary was submitted by five seniors at Northampton High School: Sophie Glading-DiLorenzo, Emme Hutchins, Reilly Griffin, Mark Grabiec Jr. and Cassie Bills. NORTHAMPTON — As Northampton High School students, we were concerned and upset by an article, “As LED sign technology grows, Northampton eyes new …

Jay Fleitman: Let citizens decide health care spending

Monday, April 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last Feb. 1, Medicare began to pay for lung cancer screening. This involves an initial low energy CAT scan and then subsequent CAT scans on a yearly basis. This is very much like screening for breast cancer in women using mammography, both procedures looking to identify …