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Editorial: First up, an Olympics of public skepticism on the 2024 Games

Friday, March 27, 2015

The state placed a help-wanted ad this week related to having Boston host the Olympics in 2024. The help that’s needed: an independent accounting of how the games would affect the state and its capital city. We’re glad officials see the need for answers. Boston 2024, fresh from awarding its leaders big salaries to pursue the Olympics bid, is feeling the heat of public doubt and has reiterated pledges the …

Open Meeting Law worth the hard work it requires

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It’s not shocking that several public officials stood up at a public meeting to complain that the state’s Open Meeting Law is cumbersome and confusing. What is shocking is that they derided it as “unfair and undemocratic” and claimed that a request for meeting minutes is tantamount to harassment. Even more shocking is that in a room full of 100 elected and appointed …

Editorial: Rule exposes electricity ratepayers to unfair double whammy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Electricity customers knew last fall they’d pay more for power this winter. But as rates kicked up by nearly a third and some sought relief by switching suppliers, another expense caught them by surprise — making this a tough winter both inside and outside for ratepayers. Help may be on the way, but given bureaucratic sluggishness, there’s no guarantee. A band of lawmakers …

Editorial: Help us find our first ‘Person of the Year’

Friday, March 13, 2015

Stories in the Gazette and on GazetteNET often introduce readers to local people who go out of their way to make life better for others. What they do is newsworthy because it builds community and solves real problems. These are life’s clutch hitters. With a new award, run …

Editorial: Amherst College links its investments to greater environmental good

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Amherst College trustees are backing up a pledge to make the college more environmentally responsible by putting its investments on the line. In a recent vote, trustees promised not only to take major steps to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions on campus, but will urge its endowment fund …

Editorial: Many questions remain over prospect of 2024 Boston Olympics

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Though the possibility of staging the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston is more than nine years away, sides already are forming over the wisdom of bringing arguably the world’s highest-profile sporting event to Massachusetts. Clear answers are needed about the liability facing the state’s taxpayers before the commitment …

Editorial: Anti-Blarney Blowout strategy shows merit in first test

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Many people deserve credit for Saturday’s peaceful reprise of the Blarney Blowout. They include University of Massachusetts officials who took smart steps to prevent unruly crowds, police officers who provided a ubiquitous but restrained presence, Amherst town officials …

Editorial: Time to let ‘Dreamers’ live in US without fear

Monday, March 9, 2015

It’s hard to dream in the face of obstacles, but that’s what Bryan Torres, Angelica Monge and thousands of other “Dreamers” have done since their parents brought them to this country many years ago. Like millions before them from most continents, the Torres and Monge families made separate …

Editorial: Transparency should be hallmark of ed reform

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jim Palermo had a plan, and it was a reasonable one. The retired Southampton resident wanted to test the veracity of a report about a little-known standardized test that showed exciting results for students in this state. The run-around he got after a straightforward request to see the …

Editorial: Missouri police department let race overrule rights

Friday, March 6, 2015

People know when they are treated unfairly. We learn that early. African-American residents of Ferguson, Missouri, knew something was wrong in their community long before teenager Michael Brown was shot last August. This week, the Justice Department agreed. …

Editorial: Harsh winter a clear sell for added fuel assistance

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Of all the responsibilities lawmakers carry, protecting the most vulnerable should be near the top. That’s why, as the region began another harsh winter month, the state’s two Democratic U.S. senators did the right thing in making a case for the release of home-heating assistance. It’s sad they …

Editorial: Catholic schools’ merger a test for new Springfield bishop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Last week’s announcement by Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of the Diocese of Springfield that Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will merge is welcome news for the future of parochial education in the Valley. Both schools in recent …

Editorial: To the end, Evan S. Dobelle remains tight with a dime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When president of Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle showed a preference for having other people pick up the tab for his personal travel, expensive meals and visits to the Bohemian Grove in California. That’s why he no longer works in Westfield. A development last week suggests Dobelle …