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Editorial: Worthington deserves answers about its fire service

Friday, February 27, 2015

Volunteer firefighters are a proud bunch for good reason. They train on their own time to protect lives and property. They miss family meals on cold winter nights. Not enough people in small Hampshire and Franklin county towns are willing to join these crews; those who do perform a vital public service. From raw recruits on up to chiefs, these people form an esprit de corps that strengthens a department …

Editorial: Amherst arrestee’s cellphone video offers chilling view of police conduct

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before Thomas C. Donovan’s cellphone video went dead March 8, it captured an alarming sequence of events: Donovan backing up. Police officers coming toward him. Donovan asserting his right to record police conduct. An officer knocking the phone from his hand. Another officer stomping on it. In a civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, the University of Massachusetts …

Editorial: Iranian student policy a test of UMass campus loyalties

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The law that tripped up University of Massachusetts officials this month, resulting in what one professor somewhat hysterically called “billions of dollars in bad press,” is known as the Iran Threat Reduction and Syrian Human Rights Act of 2012. The part of it that applies to schools like UMass is not unreasonable, given our foreign policy. It says that the U.S. government will …

Editorial: Cybercrimes a reminder that online convenience comes at a price

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A year ago, the FBI told leaders of health care companies they were not doing enough to safeguard consumer information, including Social Security numbers. Now comes word that Anthem, the country’s second-largest health insurer, failed to protect a database with information on 80 million people. This is grievous …

Editorial: Northampton VA district shows big improvement in reducing patient wait times

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New figures show that area veterans are getting in to see doctors in days not weeks. Apparently, even a lumbering bureaucracy like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can make things happen, especially when the public demands change. Last spring, the federal agency and many of its regional …

Editorial: South Hadley’s blighted property program is forward thinking

Monday, February 9, 2015

An abundance of blighted residential properties are not the norm for most Hampshire County communities. But South Hadley’s Falls section is one area where such properties have attracted attention, with encouraging results. For the past year or so, town officials have aggressively tackled the problem with help from …

Editorial: Former state hospital land is about more than farming

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The 282 acres of land off Burts Pit Road that were once part of the Northampton State Hospital may be owned by the state and leased by a regional vocational school. But that land belongs to all of us. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School tends the land …

Editorial: Softer side of policing helps assure campus peace

Friday, February 6, 2015

Police took a new approach Sunday to large gatherings at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, when thousands of students streamed outside after the Super Bowl for what a school spokesman called “boisterous celebration.” Police made one arrest for …

CDH benefits from Boston partnership

Thursday, February 5, 2015

With the construction of a $9.3 million cancer care center in Northampton, the collaboration between Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Massachusetts General is paying off in a big way for local consumers. Crews have begun work on the 15,600-square-foot structure that is expected to open in the fall. Not …

Editorial: Worthington perseveres in preserving a town school

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Worthington is in the final stages of reopening a local school that serves not just to educate young children but also as a hub of activity for the town. The perseverance of Worthington residents is admirable and should be an inspiration for other Hilltowns faced with local school …

Handling of assault report returns to haunt college

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Soon after becoming president of Amherst College in 2011, Carolyn “Biddy” Martin set out to reform how the school handled reports of sexual assault. Until then, the lack of a clear policy and prompt response had subjected victims to the added — and for some unbearable — stress …

Editorial: Tuning in to wisdom in the lives around us

Monday, February 2, 2015

One of Sunday’s Super Bowl ads lofted advice from people who, like the company that bought the air time, were born in 1915. This spot, more than most of the night’s sentimental pitches, offered things to consider. No disrespect to the puppy. If that third-quarter Dodge ad got …

Editorial: Lessons from a hateful crime in Northampton, even if it didn’t earn that name technically

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Northampton Police and the Northwestern district attorney’s office will not charge two juveniles accused of writing anti-Semitic and racist graffiti with the commission of a hate crime, but that’s not the end of this story. Members of a community must never think a decision by law enforcement absolves …