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Editorial: Lessons in compassion from an exiled leader

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfilment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances at Smith College on Oct. 23, Amherst …

Editorial: Hadley must invest in larger police force

Thursday, April 23, 2015

‘It’s not good business.” That’s how the chairman of Hadley’s Finance Committee sees the practice of paying some police officers more in overtime than they earn in regular pay. Residents may have other words for it. As a Gazette story detailed Thursday, Hadley has long rung up deficits in police overtime — to the tune of nearly a quarter million dollars over four …

Editorial: The Big Data moment at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Within a week, the University of Massachusetts went big on Big Data. It outlined plans to create a Center for Data Science, raising $100 million to hire 40 faculty members in the next 10 years. And it elevated the “school” of computer science to a “college.” Both moves will help the university gain visibility as a training ground for data scientists and as …

Editorial: Bystanders play key role in countering sexual assault

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The news that Rolling Stone magazine had retracted its article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity prompted some skeptics to assert that we’ve all been fooled again. “Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax,” Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan …

Editorial: Making new cultural connections in downtown Amherst

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Creative thinkers in Amherst have come up with a plan that could prove mutually beneficial to two beloved institutions in town: the Jones Library and the Amherst History Museum. The two, located side-by-side downtown, are considering joining forces. It’s a natural partnership that could be a home run …

Editorial: A very antique roadshow celebrates Valley’s lost dinosaurs

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

When he was a teen growing up in Deerfield more than 200 years ago, Edward Hitchcock was stricken with an illness that affected his eyesight. The malady sidelined his dream of studying astronomy. Instead, Hitchcock trained his curiosity on the local natural world. He looked straight ahead and …

Editorial: In UMass rape cases, plea deal may be best for all

Monday, April 6, 2015

After a week of brutal testimony, Hampshire Superior Court jurors last week said they believe the former University of Massachusetts student who said she’d been raped by four teenage men in her dorm room while she was incapacitated …

Editorial: House should debate military action against ISIS

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The agreement reached last week in Switzerland led the news on relations between the United States and Iran. Debate centered on whether the U.S. could trust Iran after decades of diplomatic estrangement, years of international sanctions and Iran’s support for regimes in the Middle East hostile to the …

Editorial: Institute honoring Kennedy pushes needed civic agenda

Friday, April 3, 2015

Because he tried but failed to attain the presidency, the late Edward M. Kennedy never had to plan a building to house his political legacy. In Kennedy’s final years, though, a wooden model of something akin to presidential library sat on the senator’s dining room table. This week, …

Bill Newman: Between the lines on marathon bombing case’s death penalty option

Friday, April 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The guilt-innocence phase, the first part, of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is drawing to a close. Final arguments are scheduled for Monday. After Monday’s arguments, Tsarnaev will come face to face with the possibility of being executed by the United States government. …

Editorial: Private transactions now under watchful eye at Northampton Police Department

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Without investing a minute of an officer’s time, the Northampton Police Department is helping people be confident that commercial transactions begun online conclude safely. Anyone who wishes can now designate the department’s business-only parking lot at 29 Center St. as a meeting place with someone met at an …

Editorial: Sessions helping veterans come all the way home

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dating the start of American intervention in Vietnam is complicated. Officially, the U.S. is now marking the 50th anniversary of the war, based on the March 8, 1965, deployment of 3,500 Marines to Da Nang. According to U.S. government timelines, the CIA sent agents inside North Vietnam in …

Editorial: Hadley diner’s wounds entirely self-inflicted; AG sends message on sexual harassment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Though it went out of business Monday, the Route 9 Diner in Hadley still has something to teach the restaurant trade: If you subject workers to sexual harassment, you’ll pay a price. That’s the message restaurant managers anywhere should take from the state attorney general’s decision to go …