Byline: By BILL NEWMAN

At this week’s presidential debate the moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, asked Donald Trump, “Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white...

Columnist Bill Newman: Trump lies

2/1/20

The day after the Senate refuses to remove President Trump from office, the headlines could read “Extortionist president wins.” The subheads...

Sometimes She’s Puffy

11/15/19

“The last ride.” That was the front page headline of the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Friday, November 1. The story began, “Since 1972, the Raucher...

I should confess. At other peoples’ houses, I investigate the titles of books on their shelves.  Last month I was perusing Bobbie’s books. Bobbie...

Howard who? Is doing what? Clearly, I should pay more attention to businessmen and billionaires.  Let me confess ignorance. Until this past Monday,...

As Yogi Berra said, it’s difficult to make predictions — particularly about the future. But Elizabeth Warren has announced her candidacy for...

It was 1988. Michael Dukakis was running for president, and two western Massachusetts supporters, Walter Tauber and John Fitzgerald, wanted to...

Columnist Bill Newman: Double jeopardy

10/8/18

It was 45 years ago, but I still remember sitting in my law school criminal procedure class feeling deeply disturbed. At issue: The decades-old...

Should you be able to create a fully operational lethal firearm by pushing a button on your computer? Let’s hit pause so that we can reset and...

Do you recall the scene in “Cool Hand Luke” when the prison captain (Strother Douglas Martin Jr.) smashes Luke (Paul Newman) in the head with a...

On April 24, the suspected “Golden State Killer,” who is alleged to have committed 12 murders and more than 50 rapes in California between 1976 and...

The news of Thursday Feb. 22 was hard to take in. Peter Kocot of Northampton, our state representative for the past 16 years, had died. He was 61...

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