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Editorial: Big new home readied for freelance generation

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The phrase “rugged individual” isn’t just American lore. It describes a reality of the new economy. Consider the story of Click Workspace, an unusual Northampton nonprofit. Because of tight space at its Hampton Court home, the outfit has turned away people who want what it offers: shared work quarters sized right for entrepreneurial upstarts and other self-employed strivers. Budding entrepreneurs need a place to set up a desk or two …

Editorial: A new leader for Hadley’s police department

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Michael Mason, Hadley’s new police chief, knows his department well. He joined the force as a rookie in 2000. Over the last 15 years Mason, who is 36, worked his way up from dispatcher to sergeant while getting to know what it takes to keep Hadley safe, and just, for its residents and …

Editorial: Chilling news warns that oceans also marred by human touch

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The journal Science last week published alarming research from a team of five scientists suggesting Earth’s oceans could be on the verge of “a major extinction pulse,” a catastrophe the likes of which has not been seen in marine species. The dense, five-page article — in which footnotes are almost as long as the text — addressed marine defaunation, a term that means …

Deval Patrick: A governor looks back — and ahead

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BOSTON — I first ran for governor because I believed that government should focus on the long-term best interests of constituents rather than the short-term politics of elected officials, the next generation instead of the next election. I believed that our Commonwealth could be stronger if we worked …

Editorial: Pope delivers a welcome season’s scolding

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Now that’s what we call remembering the reason for the season. In the second of his Christmas addresses, Pope Francis chastised a Vatican leadership in which he said too many prelates preach a Christ-like selflessness but practice a life of backstabbing, power grabs and political maneuvering. “Brothers, let’s …

Editorial: A new start with Cuba

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For generations, relations with Cuba have been stuck in time, relics of Cold War distrust dusted off regularly by aging antagonists on both sides of the Straits of Florida. Last week, President Obama signaled he’s ready to move the furniture. The time is right. In January 1959, when …

Editorial: Is fuller train service for Valley really around the corner?

Monday, December 22, 2014

The promise of faster and more direct rail travel through the Valley arrives next week. On Monday, officials celebrated with a ceremonial run from Springfield to Greenfield and whistle-stop speechmaking. The promise, though, is only partially fulfilled. The large second piece of the puzzle is the creation of …

Editorial: For Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, increased scrutiny now a fact of life

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On the eve of the biggest vote of his life, state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg has found himself facing questions about his least favorite topic: his personal life. Rosenberg has been able to avoid such questions for a long time. He is known for taking tough assignments in the …

Editorial: Meaningful work can be undertaken at any age — as these seniors show

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

People at any age can be valued and valuable. They can be contributing members of a community doing worthwhile work. Society sometimes forgets this. In Amherst, 87-year-old Shirley Whittemore has been indulging her longtime passion for doll-making by setting up a veritable doll factory in her living room. …

Editorial: Is it time to retire English lord as college’s human mascot?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amid their frantic end-of-semester studying, some students at Amherst College found time for good-natured pranks with a serious message. Students want to replace the college mascot, Lord Jeffery Amherst, with the mighty moose. Their rather elaborate pranks included placing a life-size metal moose sculpture in the foyer of …

Editorial: Barstow farm project rewrites dairying economics in Hadley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Since 1806, members of the Barstow family have risen to long days working land on a rise just east of the Connecticut River in Hadley. In all that time, despite the coming of industry and waves of tech revolutions, one thing remained constant: Milking cows takes people a …

Adam Fisher: A 91-cent gift that never lost its value

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Like ivy on some campus dormitory, the Christmas lights have begun to creep up and around the houses in my Northampton neighborhood. Their jolly colors whisper of long traditions — of giving, of neurotic shopping and …

Global pact on climate leaves an ocean of ‘ifs’

Monday, December 15, 2014

The climate deal struck in Peru this weekend fixes a fatal flaw in an earlier international agreement. Is it a true breakthrough, though, or a future footnote to the calamity residents of a warming planet failed to prevent? …