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Editorial: No exit from I-91 project delays

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Does this sound familiar? It’s 5 p.m. After a hard day’s work, you’re heading out, looking to take a quick trip north up I-91 to home and a good meal. But as you approach the on-ramp at Exit 18 in Northampton, you see a clump of orange barrels barricading the entrance. You make a quick turn and begin to fight your way through heavy traffic chugging three miles up King … 0

Editorial: City streets offer feast for cops and poets alike

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

From the shopkeeper unlocking her door in the day’s new light to the young women outside panhandling for cash, from the old guy enjoying a sidewalk cigarette to the Smithies laughing their way to the clubs, from the boy tossing a Frisbee to his dad in Pulaski Park to a couple trading angry … 0

Editorial: At last, sweet changes for Pulaski Park

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Friday afternoon, Northampton’s Pulaski Park looked like an OK place to be. A young couple sat on the grass in a shady spot under a tree. Two little kids zoomed down a slide, while a young woman, seated on a nearby bench, chatted on her phone. A smattering of people crisscrossed the park, either on their way into town or out. But … 0

Editorial: A critical year for Massachusetts voters — and time to tune in is now

Monday, June 23, 2014

Massachusetts voters have critical choices to make this year and the balloting begins in just 11 weeks with the Democratic and Republican primaries Sept. 9. That will be the first opportunity for voters to weigh in on who … 0

Editorial: JFK had it right: ‘It is their war’

Sunday, June 22, 2014

‘In the final analysis it is their war. We can help them, we can give them our equipment, we can send our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it. ...” Those words were spoken … 2

Editorial: Testimony in probation case suggests deep betrayal of public trust

Friday, June 20, 2014

The parade of witnesses in a state probation department corruption trial underway in U.S. District Court in Boston are narrating a sickening story of suspicious hiring practices engaged in by three former chiefs in the department. The sordid testimony in this trial validates cynical views about the role … 0

Editorial: Sounds of progress at educational centers in Hadley, Amherst

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Building projects in Amherst and Hadley that garnered headlines this week will take vibrant educational ventures to the next level. Both the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst and the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley are poised for growth and change that will better … 0

Editorial: The VA’s creaky bandwagon: Can a fix be made to last?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The House of Representatives voted twice last week to do more to care for America’s veterans. On June 10, lawmakers approved a measure, 421-0, to speed treatment to veterans on waiting lists by allowing them to see doctors … 0

Editorial: The agony of a heroin overdose that might have been prevented

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Newton resident Jim Kasper has been working for three years to find justice after his 24-year-old son died of a heroin overdose while two people watched television in the same room, ignoring the danger his son was in. … 0

Editorial: At last, progress on minimum wage in Massachusetts

Monday, June 16, 2014

The state House and Senate last week settled debate on the minimum wage in Massachusetts, agreeing to raise it to $11 an hour over two and a half years. But expect the wider argument to rage on nationally, … 0

Editorial: Pomp and sage insights at Valley’s graduations

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Some members of the Class of 2014 processed in to the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” while others bounced down the aisle to the beat of “Fergalicous.” Whatever song carried this year’s crop of high school seniors … 0

Editorial: Access to SAT shouldn’t be benched

Friday, June 13, 2014

State Rep. John W. Scibak has acted swiftly to prevent Massachusetts high school student-athletes from having to choose between playing in a tournament game and taking a college entrance exam. We support the bill he filed Monday, which would prohibit interscholastic events from being scheduled before 2 p.m. … 1

No more Food for Thought

Thursday, June 12, 2014

They gave it their best shot. Sadly, they came up short. Members of the Food for Thought Books Collective cut costs, reduced space, diversified offerings, imposed event fees and sought help from financial experts, lawyers and supporters. But despite waves of love from the community — including $40,000 … 5