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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 Legislature, including work on redistricting and the new casino law. He’s a policy wonk, not a glad-hander. For years he’s put constituent …

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. She made 80 dolls this year for children in foster care. Dolls might sound a …

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 the Frost Library just after Thanksgiving, when the library was closed. Though library staff members …

Editorial: Another school struggles to overcome rape culture

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Must progress against rape on campus be so slow? As the White House pushes a sexual assault awareness campaign, does every college and university in the country have to go through its own spastic awakening? Events in Virginia …

Editoral: Sandy Hook gunman’s ills were known but unaddressed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Down in Newtown, Connecticut — ground zero for the second-worst school shooting in American history — the school superintendent gathered staff Monday to review a long-awaited report on how it was that a ticking time bomb named Adam Lanza was allowed to go off inside the Sandy Hook …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Editorial: Northampton BID’s fatal flaw found in court files

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Buried deep in files attached to Hampshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini’s order last week that the Northampton Business Improvement District halt its operations is a cry for help that went unanswered. It is contained in two emails sent by the Northampton city clerk to another city …

Editorial: Sober minds help identify steps against substance abuse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs tears at family and community life. And so it is good to see a community fight back, as South Hadley did last week. For much of a day, people of all ages got together in a thoughtful place — a conference …

EDITORIAL: Walking the beat online requires energy and care

Monday, November 17, 2014

With Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs, a younger generation of police officers is weaving social media into the daily routines of local police departments. Deployed with the aim of engaging their communities, such communication tools are being met with generally positive reviews. As some recent cases illustrate, …

Picking up the pieces after BID lawsuit ruling

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Five years of operation. Five years of legal challenges. That was life as the Northampton Business Improvement District knew it, and that life is over. A judge last week ruled the city of Northampton committed a kind of original sin while processing the group’s application. It failed to …

Editorial: Signs of bipartisanship hopeful on Beacon Hill

Friday, November 14, 2014

In the 10 days since Republican Charlie Baker was elected governor, signs are hopeful that he will follow through on his pledge of bipartisanship in working with an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. Three days after the election, Baker spent …