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Editorial: The people’s lawyer says pipeline isn’t needed

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs, as happened last winter. Berkshire Gas, the local natural gas …

Editorial: Open exchange is critical for those who seek social change

Monday, November 23, 2015

It has been heartening to see students on campuses here and across the country banding together to stand against racism. Strong, young voices can be a powerful force in changing the world. That racism persists, so deeply rooted, in this diverse nation is appalling. The fact that this generation is rallying to press the fight against it offers hope. There is much work …

Editorial: Heroic creativity offers glimpse inside life of ‘outsider’ artist, Genevieve Mae Burnett

Sunday, November 22, 2015

It was never easy being Genevieve Mae Burnett. She was 6 when her family took her to a psychologist to figure out why she heard things others didn’t. A few years later, this child’s struggle received a label: paranoid schizophrenia. Burnett refused to let illness define her, though its burden was savage and …

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Editorial: State’s standardized testing shifts, but will retain prized autonomy

Friday, November 20, 2015

After two years of debate, the state’s top education board this week weighed in on the future of standardized testing in Massachusetts. For the most part, they checked the right box. The decision, while not ideal, will most likely improve an 18-year-old MCAS test that most acknowledge has …

Editor note on Gazette’s handling of sit-in coverage

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A media advisory Tuesday night said a sit-in the next day at Smith College would “call attention to issues of racism on our campus and other campuses around the country ….” It also said organizers “would …

Editorial: Tradition no reason to preserve misguided honor for Lord Jeffery Amherst

Thursday, November 19, 2015

History will sit heavily on the agenda when Amherst College trustees next meet. Nearly two centuries after the school took the name of Lord Jeffery Amherst, its students are renewing arguments that this 18th century English military leader should be repudiated for his attitudes toward native people. In …

Editorial: Conte Refuge expansion plan combines conservation, access

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Federal officials this week finished a three-month public review of a conservation plan to guide management of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge during the next 15 years. The period for public comment ended Monday, and we hope that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service …

Editorial: Finding the right words to discuss terrorism with our children

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The attacks in Paris were only hours old when one Pioneer Valley father got this question from his 8-year-old son: “What’s a terrorist?” Then came the follow-up: “What do they want?” This parent admits he struggled with both — and that’s understandable. When trying to help children understand …

Editorial: Reasoned response needed to halt agenda of Islamic State

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The murderous and coordinated attacks in Paris Friday night under the Islamic State banner sought to plunge the City of Light into darkness, and allow sorrow and fear to immobilize not only France but every nation. The carnage …

Editorial: College strangely silent on students’ misadventure downtown

Monday, November 16, 2015

It’s not so hard to imagine two bright Smith College students thinking it would be cool to position makeshift cameras around downtown Northampton, capturing images of the city and its denizens unfolding in time-lapse over the course of an evening. It’s also not hard to imagine that they …

Editorial: Despite small gains, safer bridges remain elusive goal in Massachusetts

Monday, November 16, 2015

Out on Sam Hill Road in Worthington, the forecast calls for another nasty, slippery season of detours. That’s because a small but essential bridge will remain closed for a second winter, forcing travelers onto a dirt road can’t …

Editorial: Restoring public confidence a top job at South Hadley utility

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The South Hadley Electric Light Department’s commissioners weren’t just slow to act on an allegation of workplace harassment, violence and retaliation. They didn’t act at all. The result is that a new board has a major mess on …

John Paradis: A more lasting way to thank veterans

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two days ago, our nation celebrated Veterans Day. The parades and ceremonies are over but that doesn’t mean we should forget about veterans for another year. We owe them. A simple “thank you” is a start, but as you’ll find out from many veterans, it’s just …