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On school grounds, safety matters more than pet access

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst Superintendent Maria Geryk was right to ban dogs — unless they stay in the car — from school property during school hours. No matter how passionately dog owners vouch for their pets’ good behavior, there’s always the risk that an animal will lose control and injure someone. Geryk needs to make sure children under her watch are protected. Even if they don’t bite, dogs often jump on or aggressively …

Editorial: Connecting UMass research with real-world uses

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little-known office at the University of Massachusetts hopes that good and lucrative things can come in small packages — like molecules and microorganisms. There’s money to be made, and that’s a motivation. But work pursued within the modest Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property office on the Amherst campus also expands on the …

Editorial: Students stand as witnesses to America’s race problem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cherita Moore is a junior at the University of Massachusetts. Last week, she joined a procession through the Amherst campus to make the point that black Americans face unequal treatment from police. Moore and 75 others gathered Sept. 10 because a month and a day earlier, in Ferguson, Missouri, an 18-year-old unarmed black man was shot and killed by a police officer. But …

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Editorial: American war fever is being stoked anew

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney wants America “back on offense,” this time against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. President Obama, after devoting much of his presidency to unwinding Bush-Cheney military misadventures, appears ready to fall in …

Editorial: Many volunteer hands help make light work

Friday, September 12, 2014

All around the Pioneer Valley this weekend, important work is getting done — for which not a single dollar has exchanged hands. Thanks to legions of volunteers expected to fan out in sites around the region, library shelves will be dusted, parks refurbished, gardens planted, a playground built …

Editorial: When new bricks and mortar bolster the ‘three Rs’

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It took 17 years for leaders of the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, which opened in Haydenville’s Brassworks complex in 1993, to find a new home. In that same town, meantime, volunteers racked up the hours shaping a plan to overhaul the Anne T. Dunphy School and convince …

Editorial: The Retreat arrives at end of the road

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

People in the Cushman section of North Amherst celebrated Tuesday night on their village common, high-fiving near the salamander sculpture. On Monday, they learned that The Retreat, the large-scale development many worked 22 months to rebuff, was dead. Over that time, Save Historic Cushman ran a disciplined, detailed …

Editorial: When 3,700 people agree on Valley’s ‘common good’

Monday, September 8, 2014

Some headlines mark seasons: A strawberry crop comes in, schools reopen or retailers prep for Black Friday. Hollywood stars walk the red carpet and people rush to beat an IRS deadline. You can feel a year pass by. And the United Way of Hampshire County hits its fundraising …

Editorial: Medical marijuana for students is hardly reefer madness

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the use of medical marijuana, with Massachusetts joining this commonsense club in 2012. Physicians tout the benefits of marijuana for patients suffering from ailments including chronic pain, nausea from cancer treatments, … 1

Editorial: State primaries Tuesday shape November’s election choices

Friday, September 5, 2014

Voters should recognize the importance of Tuesday’s primary elections, with statewide contests on both the Democratic and Republican ballots that will shape the state’s political landscape. With four statewide offices open, voters Tuesday will determine which candidates go …

Editorial: Mount Holyoke’s bold move on transgender applicants reaffirms long-held values

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Years before she managed to open the seminary that became Mount Holyoke College, Mary Lyon ventured out alone across western Massachusetts to raise money, gathering donations of pennies in a green velvet bag. She was criticized in the …

Editorial: As a new school year starts, UMass consultant still labors

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Spirits were high as University of Massachusetts students flooded back into town last weekend and dug into a colossal clambake on campus, chanted the UMass cheer with the chancellor, joined a mass shopping trip downtown and took in an outdoor concert. Mixed into the fun were serious messages. … 1

Lori Allen: A family center at risk in Belchertown

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — “These kids today! What are we gonna do with them?” We have all heard this statement often enough and perhaps even said it ourselves. As silly and cliche as it may be, we do worry about our children and how they are going to grow up …