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Editorial: ‘Pause’ in final mile broadband funding by state should be brief

Friday, February 12, 2016

The “final mile” push for broadband Internet in 32 unserved communities in western Massachusetts was never going to be quick and easy. The geographical and population issues that discouraged private cable companies from offering service present the same challenges to others who try, be they private, public or something in between. Those challenges may pale in comparison to what the effort faces on Beacon Hill. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is …

Editorial: Leader of WMass Catholics seeks to reconnect with faithful

Thursday, February 11, 2016

As an inspiring Pope lifts Catholic hopes worldwide with his call for inclusion and justice, the leader of the Springfield Diocese is using a Lenten tradition to reach out to disaffected Catholics. He is calling for the spirit of renewal, and forgiveness, to permeate the church in western Massachusetts. Whether he succeeds depends on follow-through. In a remarkable pastoral letter distributed this week, …

Editorial: Sen. Markey zeroes in on proposed fracked gas pipeline motives

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get permits and permissions. This time it was U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts’ junior senator, who …

Editorial: Retiring state Rep. Ellen Story has been principled role model in politics

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Veteran Congressman Silvio O. Conte’s death in February 1991 triggered a series of special elections that elevated two veteran Amherst legislators to bigger stages and propelled an unlikely candidate to the state House of Representatives. When the political dominoes stopped falling, John W. Olver succeeded Conte in Congress …

Whole Foods recalls 74,000 pounds of mislabeled pizza

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HADLEY — Whole Foods Market recalled nearly 74,000 pounds of pepperoni pizza products from its stores in New England, New York and New Jersey after federal food inspectors discovered the products had been mislabeled, officials said. The recall applies to Whole Foods’ store brand 8-inch and 12-inch pepperoni …

Editorial: After three strikes, developer needs to repair Hadley project

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Members of the Hadley Conservation Commission are right to express frustration that a developer cleared a site protected by wetlands laws. That’s bad enough, but this wasn’t a rookie mistake. The company involved, Pride Stores Inc., had retained an engineering firm supposed to know better. Next month, the …

Editorial: Despite nation’s wealth, hunger shadows millions of Americans

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hunger has no place in the United States. After all, this is a nation of abundance. The country produces tons and tons of food within our borders and imports billions of dollars worth of food. The shelves of grocery stores big and small are stocked full of products …

Editorial: International case takes issue with Rev. Scott Lively’s anti-gay campaign in Uganda

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Rev. Scott Lively may be more famous in Uganda than in his native Massachusetts, even though his name was on the 2014 gubernatorial ballot. This may be the year Lively gets more attention at home for despicable views he’s exported for years. After more than three years …

Editorial: Learning from Colorado’s marijuana experience

Friday, January 22, 2016

If recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is coming down the pike fast — perhaps overtaking the state’s medicinal pot effort — then it’s imperative lawmakers get ahead of any legalization. We think that the lawmakers who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Colorado understand this. The visit to …

Editorial: ‘Black Lives Matter’ call deserves its wide exposure

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Before the term “Black Lives Matter” was coined — three words now affixed as a banner to Northampton’s City Hall — people like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted themselves to advancing racial equality. Equality isn’t a new idea, but make no mistake: achieving it is unfinished …

Editorial: Time to get distracting devices out of drivers’ hands

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Distracted driving comes in many forms, but one of the most prevalent involves the cell phone. Who hasn’t witnessed some driver, head down and eyes not on the road ahead, glancing at a phone screen? Perhaps you’ve been one of those people who, when their mobile device signals …

Editorial: Bold choice is right one for Amherst’s elementary schools

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Amherst School Committee seems poised Tuesday to make a potentially unpopular but wise decision. Last week, three of the panel’s five members said they prefer the option of building a new 750-student school that would house students in Grades 2 through 6. All students younger than that …

Editorial: Responsible use of technology drives hoverboard, drone rules

Sunday, January 17, 2016

This month’s announcements regulating drones and hoverboards are a reminder that with developing technology comes the responsibility of using it safely. And while the rules generally make common sense, they also point to the challenge, in a highly technological world, of protecting personal property rights and freedoms. The …