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A young man is loaded into the paddy-wagon after police forcibly dispersed a crowd from behind an Amherst residence near the corner of North Pleasant St. and Fearing St., on Saturday afternoon, March 8th.

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 a look at “the effectiveness ... of laws prohibiting underage alcohol use in residence halls.” That report has been on a shelf …

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 opinion and concerns raised by corporate sponsors. The NFL needs to do an about-face and …

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. Geryk needs to make sure children under her watch are protected. Even if they don’t …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Editorial: As a new school year starts, UMass consultant still labors

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Spirits were high as University of Massachusetts students flooded back into town last weekend and dug into a colossal clambake on campus, chanted the UMass cheer with the chancellor, joined a mass shopping trip downtown and took in an outdoor concert. Mixed into the fun were serious messages. … 1

Lori Allen: A family center at risk in Belchertown

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — “These kids today! What are we gonna do with them?” We have all heard this statement often enough and perhaps even said it ourselves. As silly and cliche as it may be, we do worry about our children and how they are going to grow up …

Editorial: A father-daughter bond that ended far too soon

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wednesday morning at 10, people who loved Edward Daniel McGrath Jr. and his daughter, Brittany Danielle McGrath, gather in Northampton to attempt what must seem impossible: Accept that this doting dad and loving child, joined for a late-summer …

Editorial: Tree canopy a resource worth city’s time, effort

Monday, September 1, 2014

It doesn’t take a math whiz to see that if Northampton has lost 500 public shade trees since 2006 but planted only 242 replacements, its tree canopy is headed for trouble. Officials and residents concerned about the health …

Editorial: When a crowd helps tell Northampton’s story

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A project early last May in Northampton sent 100 people scurrying around the city with cameras. What they captured, in a 48-hour hunt for images of city life, hasn’t had time to cure, so these photographs can’t be …

Editorial: New UMass football coach Mark Whipple faces many challenges in his return

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mark Whipple begins his second era as the University of Massachusetts football coach Saturday afternoon just as he began the first in 1998 — leading a team for which there are low expectations because of recent poor play. To the surprise of many then, Whipple turned around a …

Editorial: Heavy hitters support later start for high schools

Friday, August 29, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics this week described an epidemic of “chronically sleep deprived and pathologically sleepy” adolescents and associated health problems. Mincing no words, the academy listed the consequences of teen sleep deprivation: higher rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic dysfunction, increased anxiety and mood disorders, …

Editorial: Amherst Together stance on forum does more harm than good

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The woman hired to help Amherst heal its racial wounds said she and other school and town leaders pulled out of last week’s radio forum on the issue for fear that the gathering would feature “race-baiting,” fuel “sensationalism” and foster “insensitivity to the variety of voices and needs …

Editorial: South Hadley invests big in knowledge, community

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This week, residents of South Hadley can see what $10.1 million will buy these days if they stroll along a crushed gravel walkway and enter the doors at 27 Bardwell St., where a new chapter is beginning for … 1

Editorial: Northampton mayor shows compassion for those in immigration limbo

Monday, August 25, 2014

While immigration reform eludes Washington lawmakers and the president, Northampton’s mayor took a stand last week that will help foreign-born individuals and families in the Valley feel less vulnerable. Mayor David J. Narkewicz agreed to sign an executive … 1