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A marathon’s meeting

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It is Patriots’ Day, the holiday that honors those who fought battles in Lexington and Concord in 1775 that helped end British colonial rule. It is also Marathon day. In Hopkinton, 36,000 runners will line up for a race that has always tested participants. This is the 118th running of this storied marathon, but the first since two deliberately set explosions killed three innocent people, including a child, and injured … 0

Editorial: Five who’d claim to speak for God easily drowned out on UMass campus

Friday, April 18, 2014

It is a tough calculation: Ignore a notorious group that seeks to oppress gay people in order to deny it the exposure it craves? Or show up in numbers to leave no doubt hatred is the refuge of a deluded minority? Students at the University of Massachusetts chose the later Wednesday when over … 0

Editorial: Board stumbles on high school start time in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

If members of the Northampton School Committee no longer see value in starting classes later at the high school, they should figure that out and say so. Despite having voted to make this change come September, the board last week backed off that time frame. Now, it’s anyone’s guess when — and if — Northampton puts a good idea into practice. The board … 0

Editorial: North Hadley dam repair plan best bet for community

Friday, April 18, 2014

A long-range plan to repair and save the Lake Warner Dam has come to the fore and it appears the best way forward to preserve the historic structure and the popular 70-acre mill pond it retains. Located in … 1

Editorial: The ‘open checkbook’ way brings transparency to Northampton, Amherst

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The recent addition of Open Checkbook to Amherst and Northampton municipal websites is a big win for government transparency. Open Checkbook databases provide anyone with an Internet connection the ability to see how governments are spending tax dollars … 0

Editorial: Don’t let the fireworks fizzle in Northampton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July. What could be simpler or more patriotic? The first Fourth of July celebration came in 1776 at the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. We can thank John Adams for the … 0

EDITORIAL: Jennifer Martel’s legacy

Monday, April 14, 2014

It’s not often a legislative body passes a bill unanimously, but the Massachusetts House did so last week when lawmakers, in a 142-0 vote, backed an overhaul of state domestic violence laws. The proposal is considered the most … 0

Editorial: Two juries, two mistrials — Is a Rintala prosecution still viable?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Unless prosecutors can develop more compelling evidence that Cara Lee Rintala killed her spouse, they won’t get a conviction. As much as people want to know what happened in the basement of the Rintalas’ home March 29, 2010, those answers depend on a jury being convinced the narrative … 1

Editorial: Our public health emergency: opiods and heroin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has rightly declared opioid and heroin addiction a public health crisis. The toll exacted on society by the increasing number of people addicted to prescription painkillers — often a route to heroin addiction — cannot … 0

Editorial: Three Valley people who made life better for thousands

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Recent news stories have described plans for retirement by three men who have spent thousands of hours in service to their communities. Northampton Police Capt. Joseph Koncas, Chesterfield Select Board member David Kielson and Richard Lee, director of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, have … 0

Editorial: Options at the end of life

Monday, April 7, 2014

The JFK Middle School community room is a big space, but it could hardly contain all those who turned out Feb. 25 for the forum “A Matter of Life and Death,” co-sponsored by the Gazette. Panelists, moderators and … 0

Editorial: UN report marshals overwhelming evidence of climate change and its impact

Friday, April 4, 2014

The United Nations this week released the most solid evidence available about the reality of our warming globe: “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” a 30-volume report based on 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies. It’s a wake-up call, … 5

Editorial: Standing against hate in Amherst schools

Thursday, April 3, 2014

It took a series of hostile messages, one of which included a racist slur, against a black high school teacher to get people in Amherst to stand up in public and say this town is better than that. … 0