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Editorial: Hotel Northampton workers seek strength in bargaining

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Several dozen Hotel Northampton employees staged a media event Tuesday to make public their effort to form a union. With City Council President William H. Dwight at his side, worker Jonathan Leighton stood at the hotel’s front desk that evening and requested a face-to-face meeting with owner Mansour Ghalibaf. Ghalibaf declined to be part of this drama. That’s the owner’s right, just as it is his employees’ right to seek …

Editorial: How compromise, in case of Amherst’s Sept. 11 flags, can be the better part of valor

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Compromise is a central tool in governing. Amherst’s Select Board used it five years ago to allow street displays of the American flag on Sept. 11, but only a certain “milestone” anniversary dates of the terror attacks. This week, that compromise came undone. This time, another mechanism of governing kicked in: simple fatigue. After yearly debates over flag displays — and yearly ridicule …

Editorial: UMass takes questionable stance on football player’s discipline case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Alex Stolicny has no doubt about what happened early one morning last February. He was punched so hard in the mouth by a guy at a Hadley party that several teeth came out and he lost consciousness. That’s the story he has been telling since Feb. 21. It is the same account his school, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, considered when a student …

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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 …

Editorial: College aid helps prisoners and their future neighbors

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Some Republicans are objecting to an Obama administration plan to give federal and state prisoners financial aid to take college classes while still behind bars. But the strongest argument in favor of the plan comes in numbers that should hold special power for anyone, regardless of political stripe, …

Editorial: Pioneering health program deserves to take a bow

Monday, August 3, 2015

It takes a certain kind to attend a birthday party for a government program. That person is likely to believe government can be a force for good, and that with the right political backing, our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., can do more good things for average Americans. …

Editorial: Spate of break-ins may shift security stance in Amherst

Saturday, August 1, 2015

While the pace of life in Amherst slows considerably each summer, recent break-ins have people on edge — and rethinking their need to protect themselves and their property. So far, the amount of cash and belongings taken has been relatively small. What’s unnerving is the number of break-ins. …

Editorial: Probe into fatal F-15 crash brings only some answers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of …

Editorial: Let’s stop playing games with state’s sales tax holiday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation …

Editorial: Sensible Boston mayor makes right call on 2024 Olympics bid

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor …

Editorial: Anti-terrorism task force in region helps sort rumor from reality

Monday, July 27, 2015

The arrest of a 23-year-old Berkshire County man in a suspected terror plot suggests that seeds of hatred and violence can fall anywhere. Keeping them from taking root is the mission of a squad of police officials in …