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Editorial: Hadley diner’s wounds entirely self-inflicted; AG sends message on sexual harassment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Though it went out of business Monday, the Route 9 Diner in Hadley still has something to teach the restaurant trade: If you subject workers to sexual harassment, you’ll pay a price. That’s the message restaurant managers anywhere should take from the state attorney general’s decision to go after the diner for not halting what the office calls a decade in which women working there endured sexual remarks, groping, threats, …

Editorial: A day of lobbying, and tasting, seeks to advance farm economy

Monday, March 30, 2015

When hungry lawmakers browse the tables at Agriculture Day in Boston today, one of the cheeses they’ll sample hails from Grace Hill Farm in Cummington. It’s there on Potash Hill Road that Max and Amy Breiteneicher create Hilltown Blue by hand, using milk from grass-fed cows. On Ag Day, farm groups fill tables in the Great Hall and Grand Staircase area inside the …

Editorial: Banning sale of e-cigs to minors is right step

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let’s get real: Adults who smoke bubble gum- and banana split-flavored electronic cigarettes and use a Batman holster to carry them around are few and far between. The makers and sellers of e-cigarettes know full well the population they target is children and teenagers — people under the legal age to purchase traditional …

Editorial: Harsh winter a clear sell for added fuel assistance

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Of all the responsibilities lawmakers carry, protecting the most vulnerable should be near the top. That’s why, as the region began another harsh winter month, the state’s two Democratic U.S. senators did the right thing in making a case for the release of home-heating assistance. It’s sad they …

Editorial: Catholic schools’ merger a test for new Springfield bishop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Last week’s announcement by Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of the Diocese of Springfield that Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will merge is welcome news for the future of parochial education in the Valley. Both schools in recent …

Editorial: To the end, Evan S. Dobelle remains tight with a dime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When president of Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle showed a preference for having other people pick up the tab for his personal travel, expensive meals and visits to the Bohemian Grove in California. That’s why he no longer works in Westfield. A development last week suggests Dobelle …

Editorial: Worthington deserves answers about its fire service

Friday, February 27, 2015

Volunteer firefighters are a proud bunch for good reason. They train on their own time to protect lives and property. They miss family meals on cold winter nights. Not enough people in small Hampshire and Franklin county towns are willing to join these crews; those who do perform …

Editorial: Amherst arrestee’s cellphone video offers chilling view of police conduct

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before Thomas C. Donovan’s cellphone video went dead March 8, it captured an alarming sequence of events: Donovan backing up. Police officers coming toward him. Donovan asserting his right to record police conduct. An officer knocking the phone from his hand. Another officer stomping on it. In a …

Editorial: Iranian student policy a test of UMass campus loyalties

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The law that tripped up University of Massachusetts officials this month, resulting in what one professor somewhat hysterically called “billions of dollars in bad press,” is known as the Iran Threat Reduction and Syrian Human Rights Act of 2012. The part of it that applies to schools like …

Editorial: Welfare reform major test for Rosenberg’s Senate leadership

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One of the first major tests on which the Senate presidency of Stanley C. Rosenberg will be judged is reform of the state’s welfare and job training programs. The Amherst Democrat announced last week the “WorkFirst Initiative” designed …

Editorial: Ruling in embezzlement case offers new chance for justice

Monday, February 23, 2015

A judicial ruling last week raised questions about the handling of a long-running embezzlement case by the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Prosecutors should give deep thought to their next move. The case involved Northampton resident Nancy Whitley, who with her former wife and business partner, Heather Whitley, proposed …

Rev. Peter Kakos: Use of word ‘terror’ is about more than semantics

Monday, February 23, 2015

FLORENCE — Those who criticize President Obama’s intentional avoidance of the word “terrorists” to describe ISIL (choosing instead to say “Islamic extremists”), have at the least done us a service by raising a crucial point: How we describe our enemy has consequences. Words matter, for they not only …

Editorial: State must clear backlog in food stamps applications

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An essential piece of the nation’s safety net — food assistance to low-income individuals and families — may be fraying in Massachusetts. Though the Bay State was once one of the fastest to process applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, it is now among the slowest, data …