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KEVIN GUTTING
Work continues Monday toward the construction of Cottage Square Apartments at the site of the former Dye Works, 15 Cottage Street in Easthampton, under general contractor James J. Welch & Co., of Salem.

Editorial: Repeat violations suggest OSHA fines are toothless

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says contractors working in a former Easthampton mill failed repeatedly to guard against workplace injuries. It’s good the agency is monitoring job sites, since more than 4,000 Americans are killed in private industry every year. But the agency’s feeble sanctions seem unable to compel lasting compliance. Several companies working to transform the Dye … 0

Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off track. This work will continue to demand close attention and full backing. Since school ended in June, the regional schools teamed with the town to … 0

Editorial: On being poor and rich in these United States

Monday, August 18, 2014

To see how Americans are doing in today’s economy, the Federal Reserve went looking this past year in a place things are supposed to be OK: suburbia. Researchers more often study conditions in the inner city or the country, perhaps believing the space in-between, which so many call home, is a harbor from … 0

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Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Friday, August 15, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off … 0

Editorial: A new future for Parsons Street School

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easthampton is making the right decision to sell the Parsons Street School as well as the right steps to reach this conclusion. City officials have kept the public abreast of their intentions with the building for more than … 0

Editorial: Two dozen accounts of life, love and dying: The Dignity Project

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If dying weren’t so final, we might have a chance to get good at it. Instead, as we decline physically, from illness or age, most of us come to a time when a lot is demanded. Questions flood in. How does one prepare to die well? What makes … 1

Communities pull together in times of need

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two stories in the Weekend Gazette captured how quickly, and dependably, residents of the Valley respond when trouble strikes. This too is news — important news. The Northampton florists who lost money in a burglary heard immediately from friends eager to restore money Walter and Mary Nuttelman had … 0

Editorial: Northampton road work’s inconvenience will pay off in future

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s hard to get around Northampton this month without running into signs warning of road work and streets that have been torn up. But the inconveniences for motorists now will pay off for years to come as the city addresses a long-neglected need to upgrade its heavily traveled … 0

Editorial: Northampton business owners get cold shoulder on rail project

Friday, August 8, 2014

Work to improve a railroad crossing in Northampton this weekend will force detours and delays. Some disruption is of course inevitable with big road projects. For travelers, it’s part of the cost of progress — and the pain is temporary. Those who manage projects like this must limit … 0

Editorial: New land trust shapes new solution

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The new Amherst Community Land Trust is counting on public support. Organizers are passionate about making housing more affordable in Amherst. We hope they succeed in bringing this innovative concept to life. The nonprofit trust would assist a prospective buyer by stepping in as a partner to buy … 0

Editorial: Domestic violence must not be treated as private matter

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A terrible irony clouds the domestic violence bill awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature. The legislation and its welcome reforms were sparked by the August 2013 stabbing death of Jennifer Martel at the hands of Jared Remy. It might … 0

Editorial: What’s good for MicroCal is good for Northampton

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

With only around 30 businesses in Northampton employing more than 50 workers, it’s never good news when a major firm leaves. This was the case with MicroCal, which provides 40 jobs in Northampton, the majority of its 62-job … 0

Editorial: Amherst cemetery’s ‘meadow’ needs a little clipping

Monday, August 4, 2014

The “meadowfication” of the Amherst cemetery where poet Emily Dickinson found her final rest provides a case study in what happens when high concept meets weedy reality. The way a swath of West Cemetery has been allowed to grow isn’t a terrible idea. But the concept — like … 0