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Former Amherst High School teacher Ronald T. Garney appeared in Hampshire Superior Court in 2007 to face  11 counts of possession of child pornography.

Editorial: Former Amherst teacher who admitted using child porn should not receive pension

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A question now before the state’s highest court is whether teachers have a moral, professional and ethical obligation to have nothing to do with child pornography. Of course they do. The state Supreme Judicial Court is reviewing a case involving Ronald T. Garney, a former longtime ninth grade Amherst Regional High School science teacher. Garney resigned from his job of 22 years in 2006 after his arrest on multiple counts of purchase and possession of child pornography. Garney is fighting to keep his $2,393-a-month teaching pension, arguing that his viewing of child pornography had no impact on his role as a teacher. The Massachusetts Teachers’ … 0

Editorial: Tick testing: the $50 question

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We applaud the $110,000 grant from the governor’s office that allows University of Massachusetts scientists to provide no-cost tick testing to people in 32 communities across the state, including 10 in Franklin County. We hope this action will spur other communities, such as those in Hampshire County, to begin allocating such funds for … 0

Editorial: Welcome benefactor for HCC

Monday, April 21, 2014

Elaine Marieb is a big believer in the benefits of community college education, and she has a particular affection for Holyoke Community College where she taught for 26 years. Thus, it was no surprise when her latest initiative as one of the college’s most loyal benefactors was announced late last month. “Mission Marieb,” … 0

Editorial: Scott Brown takes his next Senate campaign north

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Republican Scott Brown burst onto the national political scene in January 2010 with a stunning win in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat held for 47 years by Democratic icon Edward M. Kennedy. Now with a move north to challenge Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Brown … 0

Editorial: Dogged, and handcuffed, over a dog license in Belchertown

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sylvia Buzzell’s encounter with the criminal justice system this month offers a cautionary tale. It also raises questions about how a relatively minor matter can result in a young mother being handcuffed and taken away under arrest, as … 1

Editorial: Two parades, both Irish

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Guess what? Gay people marched in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade last Sunday. Just not with permission from parade organizers. Gay people will also march in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade this weekend — with the blessing of … 0

Editorial: State helps families put food back on the table

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It isn’t fraud to want to protect children from going hungry. When Congress passed a new five-year farm bill last month, it cut roughly $8 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Even so, … 0

Editorial: Finding a different ending to riotous Amherst partying

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is taking a bold step to hire former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to scrutinize all aspects of March 8’s Blarney Blowout. That fiasco, which police say drew 10,000 unruly revelers to various outdoor … 0

Editorial: Inside women’s financial lives

Monday, March 17, 2014

Talk alone won’t solve a family’s money problems. But letting a shadowy and overlooked topic like this up into the light helps people understand the challenges they face, and that they are not alone. The recent premiere of … 0

Editorial: Amherst schools take steps to heal racial divides

Sunday, March 16, 2014

We don’t live in a post-racial society. It’s important to acknowledge this. If a problem is not recognized, it cannot be addressed. That is why we are glad to see Amherst address racism in its schools, and we encourage other communities to take action. Racism isn’t just Amherst’s … 1

Editorial: Fast action from the Legislature on ‘Peeping Tom’ law

Friday, March 14, 2014

We commend the Massachusetts Legislature for its swift action to close a loophole in the state’s Peeping Tom law. Legislators could take a cue from that high-profile case and move other issues of public importance to the fast … 0

Editorial: The entrepreneurial spirit

Thursday, March 13, 2014

If rookies can benefit from great coaches, so too can budding entrepreneurs from great mentors. A four-year-old regional program called Valley Venture Mentors is being recognized by the state for success in helping early-stage entrepreneurs in western Massachusetts … 0

Editorial: OUI in Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s car

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Normally, what a politician’s relatives do isn’t the public’s business. Except when the activity includes illegal behavior in a city-owned car. Nicholas Duclos, cousin of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, was arrested early Saturday morning in Northampton after reportedly driving a car on the Northampton bikepath. This incident is … 0