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Editorial: All information needed to make right call on pipeline

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the debate rages over the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project, the public keeps coming back to a central question: Does the region require more pipeline capacity to fill its need for fuel? Or might the region be able to heat its homes and businesses with power from other, less intrusive sources? The natural gas industry has long complained that Massachusetts’ (and New England’s) pipeline network lacked the capacity …

Editorial: With American’s gun culture, time to say enough is enough

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — …

Editorial: Private investment pushes Amherst center changes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The commercial transformation of downtown Amherst continues apace, though one high-profile project must still get right with history. We expect that it will — and that these ventures will add life to the town center without altering its character. Two decisions have just come down on One East Pleasant — one by a judge, the other by a building official. Approved plans call …

Editorial: A half-century of community health provides cause for celebration

Sunday, August 16, 2015

When it comes to health care access, we’re in the midst of an anniversary worth noting and celebrating. Officially, last week was National Health Center Week, a time set aside to focus the public’s attention on community health centers and their role in providing Americans, particularly the poor, …

Editorial: Planned Parenthood videos obscure a healthier truth

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The recent attempt in the United States Senate to defund Planned Parenthood, failing though it did, is likely to be just a pause in the action. The fight over abortion, it seems, will never end. While the battle lines in the ongoing fight over a legal medical procedure …

Editorial: Proposed college library annex must not overwhelm Hadley

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It’s understandable why many people who live in the vicinity of a proposed big box book warehouse in Hadley are concerned about their prospective new neighbor. The library annex plan being floated by the Five College Consortium on old farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road …

Editorial: Obama’s Clean Power Plan takes aim at climate change

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

President Barack Obama last week announced one of the most significant efforts to control pollution in the nation’s history, with his Clean Power Plan calling for major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to help curb global warming. The new federal rule requires states to submit plans to the …

Editorial: Slow down pipeline project

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

If you’re a western Massachusetts resident wanting straightforward answers about the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline, chances are you’re feeling overwhelmed. You’re not alone. That’s why federal regulators should heed a call from state officials, town leaders and ordinary citizens to give everyone more time to think through …

Editorial: VA officials set veteran health care on the mend

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sure, there’s room for improvement at the Veterans Affairs health care system based in Leeds. Veterans could wait shorter periods for a hearing test or doctor’s appointment, service could be improved in some specialties, and staff members should be unfailingly helpful and polite. But more than a year …

Editorial: Social Security turns 80; here’s how to save it

Monday, August 10, 2015

Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday not with cake and balloons, but with a looming financial crunch. President Obama, members of Congress and candidates in the 2016 race should give the nation a gift by taking the steps to secure the program’s future. The best steps carry …

Editorial: HitchBOT’s journey: from whimsy to brutality

Friday, August 7, 2015

HitchBOT, we hardly knew you. A mere 300 miles or so into what was supposed to be a grand American adventure, the hitchhiking robot’s travels came to a tragic end on a street in Philadelphia, two weeks after …

Heavy use, behavior test a summer refuge

Thursday, August 6, 2015

It’s not quite Coney Island, but when hot weather comes, Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst is a top summer refuge in the region. It’s big enough to absorb lots of visitors. But like all natural places, there’s a limit. And when people violate simple and clearly communicated rules …

Editorial: Reducing tuition, fees would be the real ‘victory’ for UMass students

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

When the state Legislature overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s $5.2 million budget veto for the University of Massachusetts last week, Marty Meehan declared it a “victory for the students, faculty and staff.” Well, sort of. Nowhere in his public comments following the move by lawmakers did the new UMass …