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Daniel Okoroafor of South Hadley.

Editorial: 12 hours in jail that could have been avoided

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It would be simple to conclude that a judge misused his power in jailing Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant, for failing to pay a $508 debt. But closer examination reveals that the case is not so simple. While Judge Robert S. Murphy erred in putting him behind bars, Okoroafor also bears a measure of blame for a mess … 0

Editorial: No more hiring as usual at state probation office

Monday, July 28, 2014

The lesson in the guilty verdicts last week in the federal trial involving the state probation department’s rigged hiring scheme is this simple: Just because it has always been done this way doesn’t make it right. The case involved former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and his deputies, Elizabeth Taveres and William Burke III. Burke, 70, a Hatfield resident, was a career employee of … 0

Editorial: Sloppy work or under staffing? Lax funeral inspections allow Ryder's alleged negligent operation to continue

Monday, July 28, 2014

As the families who did business with the now-shuttered Ryder Funeral Home transfer their funeral arrangements elsewhere, file lawsuits or search for missing funeral contract money, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office needs to step in and help state regulators sort out the mess. That’s because the state Division of Professional Licensure and Board … 0

wow not nice mayor. there goes my support for the next time ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Obviously, there are pieces of this puzzle that we, the public, do not have. However, I can only imagine what a shock...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

Editorial: Corporations can now also be religious people

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that corporations are entitled to exercise free speech by giving buckets of money to candidates — delivering a body blow to a precious thing, our democracy. The court opened another front in the culture wars this week by extending corporate liberties to … 0

Editorial: A solar solution for the former Belchertown State School?

Monday, June 30, 2014

More than 20 years have passed since the closing of the Belchertown State School in 1992. Since then more than half a dozen proposals have trumpeted visions for reclaiming the central campus and empty buildings on more than 80 acres. But one by one, these proposals proved more … 0

Editorial: Let the people speak, regardless of school panel’s time limit

Friday, June 27, 2014

To hear a group of Amherst Regional High School teachers talk about the racial tensions that have roiled their school and community is to believe something inspiring may emerge from a dispiriting series of events, including harassment that prompted teacher Carolyn Gardner to leave in May. The incidents … 0

Editorial: Another crosswalk concept in downtown Northampton

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Northampton Department of Public Works is not, as a member noted Wednesday, the Department of Public Statements. But it does oversee a lot of pavement that, with a few cans of paint, can host messages. Aside from … 1

Los Angeles Times: High-seas slavery in Thai fishing fleets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following editorial appeared Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times. Sometimes it can be hard to see the connections between human rights violations in far-off places and how we live our daily lives. But if you go to your freezer and find Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods’ … 0

Editorial: Where the chips fall on the 2011 casino law

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The house owns the edge in casinos, but those seeking to stop their debut in Massachusetts aren’t busted yet. Just days after MGM Resorts International won a license to operate in Springfield, the state’s highest court set a hurdle in its path Tuesday. Along with picking a new … 1

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