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Editorial: Sen. Markey zeroes in on proposed fracked gas pipeline motives

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get permits and permissions. This time it was U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts’ junior senator, who is the latest to call into question …

Editorial: Protecting biodiversity makes no exceptions, even for rattlesnakes

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since Colonial times, it’s been people versus timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts. Today, as the state moves anew to preserve this endangered species in the face of public opposition, it’s science versus emotion. At a forum Feb. 23 in Orange, wildlife officials will work to explain their modest plan to place one to 10 young timber rattlesnakes each year, starting in two or three …

Editorial: Finding right way forward in fight against Islamic State

Monday, February 8, 2016

No American should ignore the threat posed by a small number of radical Islamists to our country and western nations. Out of the ruins and power vacuum of the Iraq war, a significant new foe, the Islamic State, is extending its influence. But even if citizens wanted to ignore what’s happening, it would be hard. That’s because Republican candidates for president compete to …

Editorial: NCAA should monitor status of athletes with head trauma

Thursday, January 14, 2016

In light of growing evidence that concussions can cause serious brain injuries in football players, the NCAA has publicized its ban on head-level hits on vulnerable athletes and its mandate that schools follow procedures for identifying and treating concussions. But here’s one important step the NCAA hasn’t taken: …

Editorial: Senior center van purchases will extend valuable resource in Northampton

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Elders in Northampton possess a spacious home away from home: a modern Conz Street building that offers activities, a fitness room and cafe and all-day socializing. It is a magnet for seniors from across the city, but many older residents find it hard — if not impossible — …

Editorial: John Chakalos homicide investigation enters third year

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

People in New England have a good reason to remember John Chakalos at year’s end. He and his wife, Rita, were famous for inviting the public to enjoy a Christmas lighting display at their 80-acre estate in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. For this family, though, the holidays are a …

Editorial: UMass fulfills chancellor’s pledge to improve dorm security

Monday, January 11, 2016

Since the 2012 rape of a University of Massachusetts student in her dormitory, the university has been tightening residence hall security on the Amherst campus. As it should. University officials acknowledged early on that the rape in Pierpont Hall exposed gaps in residential security. One of the four …

Editorial: Jail project notches victories by closing inside-outside gap

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The two institutions Martha Saxton brought together couldn’t be more different: her own, Amherst College, an elite private college, and the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. The paths people take to and from these places might as well traverse separate planets. But for eight years, participants …

Editorial: Pipeline walk to highlight spiritual examination of controversial project

Friday, January 8, 2016

Much of the battle over the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline through Franklin County is taking place in distant places, such as Washington, D.C., where the participants wear the uniforms of government and corporate entities and the battlegrounds are offices and meeting rooms. In contrast, the opposition to the …

Editorial: Extra bases for Lynn Pasquerella, a strong leader of Mount Holyoke College

Thursday, January 7, 2016

When they called her in 2009 to ask what sort of leader should be named president of Mount Holyoke College, alumna Lynn Pasquerella had no idea she would be that person. But as she prepares to leave the women’s liberal arts college in South Hadley as the longest-serving …

Editorial: Legislature must hasten pace on critical business

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Massachusetts Legislature ended the 2015 portion of its two-year session in disappointing fashion, with far too much important business left unfinished. It is now time for legislators to get back to work on those critical issues and produce results. In particular, lawmakers should make the opioid abuse …

Editorial: Natalie Cole foresaw hard life in music business, but enchanted millions

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

When she was 20, Natalie Cole believed the family business would be no good for her. The daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole and big band vocalist Maria Ellington, Cole saw that show business could be a hard life. “I don’t want that feeling of not knowing …

Editorial: President’s unfinished business: common sense gun control in US

Monday, January 4, 2016

The gun lobby would probably just like President Obama to hang up his spurs. But Obama began this week, the first of his final year, by consulting with his attorney general on ways he can use executive actions to fight gun violence. And on Thursday, he will participate …