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Editorial: Sidewalks of the city: They must be vibrant, but also shared by all

Friday, October 17, 2014

In May 2013, Mayor David J. Narkewicz kicked a hornet’s nest when he ordered the removal of six sidewalk benches on Main Street in Northampton in an effort to curb the loitering and panhandling that some shopkeepers said was hurting business. T he mayor wisely reversed that action within days after residents decried the move as an ill-advised attempt to control something that can’t entirely be controlled — city sidewalks. …

Editorial: Amherst College digs in to fight campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst College students, faculty and administrators made a visible statement last week that they back President Barack Obama’s push to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. It isn’t academic. This problem is real, local and urgent. Hundreds donned purple T-shirts and took pledges Oct. 9 to make personal efforts to stop these assaults. …

Editorial: When rough things happen in prized natural places

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week, two stories in the Gazette featured comments from science experts explaining how events that seem wholly destructive can benefit the natural environment. We’re talking about coverage of the Easthampton microburst and the start, within days, of the new hunting season. On Oct. 8, a microburst tore up the Easthampton side of …

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Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

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A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

Amherst must confront lack of downtown parking

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amherst is facing a serious parking squeeze downtown and town officials must take a hard look at what the construction of two projects with 114 housing units — but few parking spaces — in the northern end of …

Editorial: Electricity costs pinch New England, but relief may be on horizon

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A recent drop in gasoline prices helps only a little to buffer news that electricity costs will rise sharply this winter, making it more expensive to keep lights on in the darkest season and delivering a blow to …

Editorial: Tragedy of Ebola hits home in Hampshire County

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A local face was put on the terrible Ebola epidemic centered in West Africa with the news last week that a popular Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School drumming and dance teacher is grieving the deaths of …

Editorial: A roadside attraction bows out on Amherst Town Common

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The information booth on the Amherst Town Common will soon be gone. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Director Donald Courtemanche says the little yellow shack that provided information to visitors for nearly 50 years will be missed, but …

Editorial: Intimate partner violence must not be hidden problem

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thirty-nine witnesses took the stand in Hampshire Superior Court — one for each year Jessica Ann Pripstein lived. They testified to enable a jury to establish Ryan D. Welch’s guilt or innocence in Pripstein’s murder just minutes into Feb. 20, 2012, after she’d picked up the check at …

Editorial: Climate marchers make point that nations are not heeding

Monday, September 22, 2014

Today in New York City, leaders from around the world gather at the United Nations to see what can be done to prevent carbon pollution from ruining the planet. There is new evidence this week of both the …

Editorial: AG’s lawsuit puts $342,639 price on Ryder’s betrayal of consumers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

More than five dozen people who lost roughly $342,000 paid in advance for services with the now-closed Ryder Funeral Home have reason to hope they may see at least some of their money. The state attorney general’s office …

Editorial: Fix for ‘Blowout’ demands determined follow-through

Friday, September 19, 2014

Driven by memories of mayhem, a special report ordered up by the University of Massachusetts calls on the school to confront its failure to control student alcohol abuse. UMass must move swiftly on multiple fronts, it says, including …

High-profile NFL must react decisively to off-field violence

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The National Football League fumbled its handling of high-profile cases of players accused or convicted of domestic violence or child abuse. The league, led by Commissioner Roger Goodell, has been ineffective and indecisive, and its punishment of those players has been lax, inconsistent and seemingly driven by public …

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. …