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Editorial: Probe into fatal F-15 crash brings only some answers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of the Barnes Air National Guard Base says he hoped a report by the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board could deliver a …

Editorial: Let’s stop playing games with state’s sales tax holiday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation about opting out this year. After all, it’s more than a question of a short …

Editorial: Sensible Boston mayor makes right call on 2024 Olympics bid

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to place a bet on behalf of his city before knowing the stakes, …

Editorial: Anti-terrorism task force in region helps sort rumor from reality

Monday, July 27, 2015

The arrest of a 23-year-old Berkshire County man in a suspected terror plot suggests that seeds of hatred and violence can fall anywhere. Keeping them from taking root is the mission of a squad of police officials in …

Editorial: Needed reform would ease access to public records

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group representing municipal officials is using scare tactics to water down or kill a much-needed reform to Massachusetts’ public records law. Lawmakers should see the lobbying effort for what it is — a crusade to put bureaucratic convenience ahead of the public’s right to know how their …

Editorial: Ed Porter closes nearly four decades of helping disabled in western Massachusetts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In stepping down as executive director of what is now known as the United Arc after almost 40 years, Ed Porter leaves some very big boots to fill. It is understandably hard to replace somebody who has been on the job for roughly four decades. In Porter’s case, …

Editorial: Ending the summer drought in children’s nutrition

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Through the school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sends resources into every county in the country to help poor children get enough to eat. Its National School Lunch Program last year enrolled 21.5 million young people for free or reduced-price meals. But every summer, the school cafeterias …

Editorial: Rosenberg trial document release sheds light on grim chapter in US legal history

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A long-awaited document related to the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg is now public. And while the jigsaw puzzle of the couple’s guilt or innocence isn’t fully together, there is more reason than ever to question whether both husband and wife engaged in conspiracy to commit espionage, …

Editorial: The challenge of change at Cooley Dickinson in Northampton

Friday, July 17, 2015

A little over a year into her leadership at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Joanne Marqusee is showing a deft hand at reforming practices that compromise care. When asked recently whether her management overhaul is complete, she said no. Change must be ongoing, she told members of the Gazette’s editorial …

Editorial: UMass team harnesses science to protect biodiversity

Friday, July 17, 2015

As scientists make clear in a new University of Massachusetts report, it is hard to predict precisely how the climate will change by century’s end. There are too many variables. But they can fashion projections showing a range of things that could happen. None of them are good …

Editorial: DA’s push to try Tsarnaev again needs rethinking

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The decision by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan to bring Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to trial in state court for a crime he’s already been convicted and sentenced to death for in federal court is misguided. Ryan seeks to try Tsarnaev on charges connected to the …

Editorial: Profit on Caret’s condo rightly raises eyebrows

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Higher education faces many problems, not least of which is the cynicism-breeding practice of rewarding administrators with excessive salaries and perks while simultaneously pricing students out with hikes in fees, tuition and an array of new costs. Here’s just the latest, local example: the $289,000 profit made by …

Editorial: Region is still seeking its Massachusetts miracle

Monday, July 13, 2015

A new report makes clear that the state has shaken off the Great Recession. Despite two recent rough winters that put economic activity on ice at times, numbers cited by Daniel Hodge and Robert Nakosteen in the MassBenchmarks Journal show strong and steady growth. Sixty-thousand jobs were created …