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Editorial: Valley’s spirit of neighborliness transcends global boundaries

Friday, February 5, 2016

If presidential candidates want a glimpse of the human face of immigration in the United States, they should spend some time in the Pioneer Valley. While western Massachusetts is not a hotbed of immigration issues, increasing numbers of people come here from foreign lands to give their children and themselves a chance at better lives. The journey isn’t always easy, but, we’re happy to report, they have some help. In …

Editorial: UMass will train new cadre to ward off cyberattacks

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Call them cyber cousins of James Bond, though this new crop of secret agents will likely never face the kinds of dangers of going undercover in the field. But increasingly, their jobs are proving just as vital — and will be for years to come. That’s why a promising new cybersecurity research program being rolled out at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will …

Editorial: After Iowa it’s a marathon for presidential candidates

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The lesson from the first 2016 presidential voting at the Iowa caucuses Monday is that candidates now must run a marathon to win the nomination because there is no clear front-runner in either party. While attention will be focused for the next six days on New Hampshire, which holds its traditional first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday, it is unlikely that the results there will change …

Editorial: Rosenberg sets down marker on improved higher ed funding

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In all his years representing Amherst, a call to do right by public higher education has always ranked high for Stanley C. Rosenberg. This week, he recommitted to the cause. In perhaps his strongest criticism yet of Gov. Charlie Baker, Rosenberg declared he will fight as Senate president …

Editorial: Send us your nomination for Gazette ‘Person of Year’

Monday, February 1, 2016

In this year of candidates, residents of Hampshire County are invited to submit nominations for someone who leads outside the political realm. They can do that by advancing his or her name for the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Person of the Year award. This honor, now in its second …

Editorial: Anecdotes highlight success of ReCenter swap shop

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A set of pattern blocks made its way to a children’s cancer hospital in Iraq. An electric guitar and a digital camera ended up in the hands of two local boys. And a box of housewares went to a local couple for their adult son who, to their …

Editorial: Unresolved questions obstruct regained public trust in Baystate Noble

Friday, January 29, 2016

If they’re lucky, all of the patients who underwent colonoscopies in Westfield from June 2012 to April 2013 will learn that a hospital error related to those procedures did not infect them with serious diseases. Answering that question will bring blessed relief to 293 people — including 13 …

Editorial: Retiring state Rep. Ellen Story has been principled role model in politics

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Veteran Congressman Silvio O. Conte’s death in February 1991 triggered a series of special elections that elevated two veteran Amherst legislators to bigger stages and propelled an unlikely candidate to the state House of Representatives. When the political dominoes stopped falling, John W. Olver succeeded Conte in Congress …

Whole Foods recalls 74,000 pounds of mislabeled pizza

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HADLEY — Whole Foods Market recalled nearly 74,000 pounds of pepperoni pizza products from its stores in New England, New York and New Jersey after federal food inspectors discovered the products had been mislabeled, officials said. The recall applies to Whole Foods’ store brand 8-inch and 12-inch pepperoni …

Editorial: After three strikes, developer needs to repair Hadley project

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Members of the Hadley Conservation Commission are right to express frustration that a developer cleared a site protected by wetlands laws. That’s bad enough, but this wasn’t a rookie mistake. The company involved, Pride Stores Inc., had retained an engineering firm supposed to know better. Next month, the …

Editorial: Despite nation’s wealth, hunger shadows millions of Americans

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hunger has no place in the United States. After all, this is a nation of abundance. The country produces tons and tons of food within our borders and imports billions of dollars worth of food. The shelves of grocery stores big and small are stocked full of products …

Editorial: International case takes issue with Rev. Scott Lively’s anti-gay campaign in Uganda

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Rev. Scott Lively may be more famous in Uganda than in his native Massachusetts, even though his name was on the 2014 gubernatorial ballot. This may be the year Lively gets more attention at home for despicable views he’s exported for years. After more than three years …

Editorial: Learning from Colorado’s marijuana experience

Friday, January 22, 2016

If recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is coming down the pike fast — perhaps overtaking the state’s medicinal pot effort — then it’s imperative lawmakers get ahead of any legalization. We think that the lawmakers who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Colorado understand this. The visit to …