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Editorial: Food bank rethinks Thanksgiving table — to strengthen offerings all days of the year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In church basements around the Valley, those without enough means are enjoying traditional Thanksgiving meals today thanks to community volunteers and donations that make such feasts possible. Meanwhile, at dining tables around the Valley, other families who struggle to make ends meet may have found it more difficult than usual to assemble ingredients considered necessary for a Thanksgiving table. That’s in part because two years ago, the network of anti-hunger …

Editorial: Another school struggles to overcome rape culture

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Must progress against rape on campus be so slow? As the White House pushes a sexual assault awareness campaign, does every college and university in the country have to go through its own spastic awakening? Events in Virginia this week suggest that might be so. What’s happening in Charlottesville shows how loathe institutions …

Editoral: Sandy Hook gunman’s ills were known but unaddressed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Down in Newtown, Connecticut — ground zero for the second-worst school shooting in American history — the school superintendent gathered staff Monday to review a long-awaited report on how it was that a ticking time bomb named Adam Lanza was allowed to go off inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The explanation is tough to swallow, because the report makes clear that many …

Clare Higgins: Thankful for a simple thing: clean water

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Did you know that last Wednesday was World Toilet Day? Yes, there is such a day and it’s actually serious business. About 35 percent of the people on our planet have no toilets or latrines. That’s 2.5 billion people! And 1.8 billion people drink water contaminated …

Editorial: President Obama breaks logjam on immigration reform

Friday, November 21, 2014

President Obama made good Thursday not only on his pledge to address the nation’s broken immigration system but on this country’s duty to show compassion for those whose dreams brought them here. That is America’s story, after all. …

Editorial: Open minds key to Amherst development

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In town-gown relations, as in real estate, three factors matter most: location, location and — you guessed it — location. Nowhere is that more evident than in the latest arguments over proposals to bring University of Massachusetts students and year-round Amherst residents out of their separate spheres and …

Editorial: Northampton BID’s fatal flaw found in court files

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Buried deep in files attached to Hampshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini’s order last week that the Northampton Business Improvement District halt its operations is a cry for help that went unanswered. It is contained in two emails sent by the Northampton city clerk to another city …

Editorial: Sober minds help identify steps against substance abuse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs tears at family and community life. And so it is good to see a community fight back, as South Hadley did last week. For much of a day, people of all ages got together in a thoughtful place — a conference …

EDITORIAL: Walking the beat online requires energy and care

Monday, November 17, 2014

With Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs, a younger generation of police officers is weaving social media into the daily routines of local police departments. Deployed with the aim of engaging their communities, such communication tools are being met with generally positive reviews. As some recent cases illustrate, …

Picking up the pieces after BID lawsuit ruling

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Five years of operation. Five years of legal challenges. That was life as the Northampton Business Improvement District knew it, and that life is over. A judge last week ruled the city of Northampton committed a kind of original sin while processing the group’s application. It failed to …

Editorial: Signs of bipartisanship hopeful on Beacon Hill

Friday, November 14, 2014

In the 10 days since Republican Charlie Baker was elected governor, signs are hopeful that he will follow through on his pledge of bipartisanship in working with an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. Three days after the election, Baker spent …

Editorial: NFL settlement with players lifts veil on extent of football injuries

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In many American households, Sunday has traditionally been given over to church, family supper and football. Or — with the decline in religious attendance and the rise of pizza delivery — just a whole lot of football. It’s …

Editorial: Sentence for probation trio should send strong message

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A judge in Boston Thursday will impose sentences on three high-ranking officials convicted of public corruption. They worked in the state’s probation department, where for many years what mattered most for applicants was not what you knew but who you knew. A jury sent a message in July …