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Editorial: Williston Northampton School misses an opportunity to fully address violation of trust

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The recent “important announcement” from leaders of the Williston Northampton School takes responsibility for an institutional failure. It owns up to a wrong done in the late 1970s to a student. But even as it apologizes, this message misses an opportunity to provide the accounting needed to reach its goal of making amends and moving forward. In some ways, the …

Editorial: Film ‘Spotlight’ Film story of betrayal that should not be forgotten

Friday, November 27, 2015

One of the biggest stories of 2002 is news again to millions thanks to Hollywood. While movie studios usually aim to distract viewers, sometimes their films contain uncomfortable truths. The new movie “Spotlight” recounts one of them: the Catholic church’s long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse. It tells the story of the Boston …

Editorial: Holiday gift programs rely on community generosity

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette this week opened its 83rd annual appeal for community support of the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund which will provide Christmas gifts to children who otherwise would have few, if any, holiday presents. Again this year, the program will give vouchers worth $40 per child from families which qualify so their parents may buy toys and/or clothes at eight …

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 …

Editorial: Jousting on front lines of the First Amendment

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Video of a University of Massachusetts-educated professor calling on students at the University of Missouri to use “muscle” to keep a photojournalist from covering a protest over racism went viral this week, and the initial impulse was for people to declare war. On one side stood Mizzou communications …

Editorial: Doing right by US veterans on more than one day a year

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Today, Veterans Day allows the nation to express its respect and gratitude to the men and women who served in the military. With its origin in Armistice Day, the day when the guns of the Great War, or what became known as World War I, went silent, Americans …

Editorial: Slap on wrist for medical marijuana purveyor right call given circumstances

Monday, November 9, 2015

As state police drug seizures go, the haul from a Florence man’s home Sept. 22 was considerable: 67 marijuana plants, 20 one-gallon bags of harvested marijuana and 59 jars of hash oil. That’s normally enough evidence of drug trafficking to bring the hammer down. Instead, the Northwestern district …

Editorial: Enlisting a new army to fight for Northampton’s downtown

Monday, November 9, 2015

After a court ruling shuttered the Northampton Business Improvement District last year, the mayor summoned “stakeholders.” And, sure enough, they came. Given all the familiar faces, these meetings didn’t need name tags. The room filled with civic-minded people, many of whom supported the BID. They are Northampton’s municipal …

Editorial: Patients need to sift advice on breast cancer screening

Friday, November 6, 2015

Know your own body, your risks, your anxiety level — and talk to your doctor. That’s the advice area physicians have for women in light of conflicting guidelines about the age at which they should start getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If they want to follow …

Editorial: Regulation of daily fantasy sports is the right bet

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This isn’t your mom or pop’s fantasy sports world anymore. Rather than gathering in a college dorm room or at a bar with friends and drafting a fantasy football or baseball team in a season-long quest for glory, thousands of players are whipping out credit cards and heading …

Editorial: Newcomers join boards at challenging time for public schools

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The most significant choices made Tuesday by voters in Easthampton and Northampton will bear on the future of schools. Voters brought change to school committees by electing four newcomers in each city. Neither city had a contested race for mayor — in fact, for the first time ever, …