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History is repeating itself as giant snow banks, like this one photographed in February 2013, have formed on Main Street in Northampton. The Department of Public Works has no plans to remove the snow until Monday night at the earliest.

Editorial: Early warning helps region prepare for a storm’s blast

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the time you read this, a winter storm packing an historic punch will be raging outside. Roads will be deserted — given the state-ordered travel ban that began at midnight Monday. Most people will be hunkered down at home — or at work for the duration. The travel ban ordered by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday will help ensure …

Editorial: Finding right balance on social media’s time and attention demands

Sunday, January 25, 2015

From baby boomers to Gen-Xers and millennials, we as a nation are attached — some would say addicted — to our technology. At Northampton High School, students have become so absorbed with portable electronic devices at lunchtime that there’s not a lot of interaction among students. One NHS senior said students are so entranced by their devices the cafeteria is starting to look …

Editorial: A court case offers lessons in gun safety

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Three years after being acquitted of involuntary manslaughter, former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury is back before a judge. The issue again is gun safety. Fleury is a private citizen now and deserves his day in court. He hasn’t had a chance to present a defense, or to explain in any forum what happened on an August night last summer when people say …

Editorial: Big new home readied for freelance generation

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The phrase “rugged individual” isn’t just American lore. It describes a reality of the new economy. Consider the story of Click Workspace, an unusual Northampton nonprofit. Because of tight space at its Hampton Court home, the outfit has turned away people who want what it offers: shared work …

Editorial: A new leader for Hadley’s police department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Michael Mason, Hadley’s new police chief, knows his department well. He joined the force as a rookie in 2000. Over the last 15 years Mason, who is 36, worked his way up from dispatcher to sergeant while getting …

Editorial: Chilling news warns that oceans also marred by human touch

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The journal Science last week published alarming research from a team of five scientists suggesting Earth’s oceans could be on the verge of “a major extinction pulse,” a catastrophe the likes of which has not been seen in marine species. The dense, five-page article — in which footnotes …

Editorial: UMass can do more to reduce textbook costs for students

Monday, January 19, 2015

Since you can’t beat them — and believe it, you can’t — join them. That’s the takeaway from the University of Massachusetts’ textbook deal with online retailer Amazon. Students discovered years ago that they can easily tap into the new and used book market and save big through …

Editorial: Incoming AG Maura Healey makes opiate abuse a first priority

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Attorney General-elect Maura Healey has set an important and ambitious agenda by targeting the state’s growing heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis as her first major initiative when she takes office Wednesday. “Every day, families across Massachusetts are …

Editorial: From its cover, Charlie Hebdo shows its spirit to be unbroken

Friday, January 16, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring …

Editorial: This is Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s time

Thursday, January 15, 2015

After a last-minute blip on the screen involving alleged boasting by his domestic partner — a “kerfuffle” as he put it — Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst has been elected to one of the most powerful positions in Massachusetts, president of the state Senate. Given his record over …

Editorial: Pleasant Street renewal in Northampton more real than ever

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

If two housing groups secure funding, the long-sought revitalization of Northampton’s Pleasant Street will advance dramatically. The Valley Community Development Corp.’s project at the Northampton Lumber site won two key approvals last week and deserves backing Thursday from the City Council through a Community Preservation Act grant. Taken …

Editorial: Microgrids offer hedge as power source in time of climate change

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

‘Resiliency” is the latest buzzword in the energy world. It does have its appeal. When a Halloween snowstorm wreaked havoc in Northampton and the rest of western Massachusetts more than three years ago, leaving thousands without power, city officials began to search for ways to strengthen back-up power …

Editorial: Public safety is only real if it applies to everyone

Monday, January 12, 2015

Racial tensions and the relationships between police officers and communities of color are top issues demanding attention. In recent months, protesters have taken to streets across the nation over killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island and the failure to indict police officers involved …