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Mary Clare Higgins during a press conference held in her office Thursday afternoon.

Clare Higgins: Thankful for a simple thing: clean water

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Did you know that last Wednesday was World Toilet Day? Yes, there is such a day and it’s actually serious business. About 35 percent of the people on our planet have no toilets or latrines. That’s 2.5 billion people! And 1.8 billion people drink water contaminated by feces, causing an estimated 2,200 children to die every day from diarrheal illnesses. Non-existent toilets, open running sewerage, contaminated drinking water …

Editorial: President Obama breaks logjam on immigration reform

Friday, November 21, 2014

President Obama made good Thursday not only on his pledge to address the nation’s broken immigration system but on this country’s duty to show compassion for those whose dreams brought them here. That is America’s story, after all. It is no surprise Obama’s action enrages Republicans in Congress. That they claim his executive …

Editorial: Open minds key to Amherst development

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In town-gown relations, as in real estate, three factors matter most: location, location and — you guessed it — location. Nowhere is that more evident than in the latest arguments over proposals to bring University of Massachusetts students and year-round Amherst residents out of their separate spheres and into closer proximity downtown. This month, consultants hired by the university and town proposed a …

A band of environmentalists keeps watch over watershed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

People build sheds to protect things. But a natural feature known as a watershed deserves its own safeguarding. One all-volunteer group devoted to doing that for a sprawling area — 665 square miles in Massachusetts and Vermont — just marked its 25th year. The roughly 100 members of …

Northampton city government reorganization deserves support

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The City Council is considering a major reorganization of municipal government in Northampton — likely the most exhaustive in its 360-year history — prepared by Mayor David J. Narkewicz. This review to determine the most effective management approach for the 21st century was required by the charter voters …

Editorial: Ebola reaches Northeast, but it’s no time for panic

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Now that a health care worker is being treated for Ebola just hours from the Valley, some may be tempted to ratchet up alarm about this viral infection. The best medicine for all, at this point, is information. …

Editorial: Northampton merchants don T-shirts to help United Way

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Who knew that a pumpkin latte burger could do so much good — or that a chef’s imagination could combine these flavors? That is a menu item offered by one of the downtown Northampton restaurants participating in Saturday’s fundraiser for the United Way of Hampshire County. For one …

Editorial: Northampton police firearms training can be safely conducted

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For one hour Monday and several hours next Friday morning, students at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School will hear the sound of gunfire during the school day while city police undertake annual state-mandated firearms training at a …

Editorial: Northampton business leader Dan Yacuzzo saw value in togetherness

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dan Yacuzzo could probably have retired when he sold the Eastside Grill six years ago. After owning and successfully managing it with his wife Gail for 23 years, the couple was due for a break. But Yacuzzo’s work …

Editorial: Is orange the new black and blue? Visitors hijack a pumpkin festival

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New England town. Check. Party with a color theme. Check. Police officers suited up for trouble and toting tear gas. Check. And later, resolutions of “never again.” Check. Residents of Amherst no doubt suffered a few flashbacks to the Blarney Blowout as they followed news of last weekend’s …

Editorial: A new cheerleader for Easthampton business success

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The new leader settling in with the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce brings a fresh perspective to an age-old mission: finding small business success. Easthampton’s merchants, artists and entrepreneurs continue to fuel its steady transformation from mill town. …

Editorial: Ugly messages on UMass campus reveal an everyday racism

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Wednesday, everyone connected with the University of Massachusetts Amherst had to accept that it is a place where a student can come home to a message of hate. But it is also a place, it is important …

Editorial: Sidewalks of the city: They must be vibrant, but also shared by all

Friday, October 17, 2014

In May 2013, Mayor David J. Narkewicz kicked a hornet’s nest when he ordered the removal of six sidewalk benches on Main Street in Northampton in an effort to curb the loitering and panhandling that some shopkeepers said was hurting business. T he mayor wisely reversed that action …