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High-profile NFL must react decisively to off-field violence

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The National Football League fumbled its handling of high-profile cases of players accused or convicted of domestic violence or child abuse. The league, led by Commissioner Roger Goodell, has been ineffective and indecisive, and its punishment of those players has been lax, inconsistent and seemingly driven by public opinion and concerns raised by corporate sponsors. The NFL needs to do an about-face and deliver the message that it has no …

On school grounds, safety matters more than pet access

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst Superintendent Maria Geryk was right to ban dogs — unless they stay in the car — from school property during school hours. No matter how passionately dog owners vouch for their pets’ good behavior, there’s always the risk that an animal will lose control and injure someone. Geryk needs to make sure children under her watch are protected. Even if they don’t …

Editorial: Connecting UMass research with real-world uses

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little-known office at the University of Massachusetts hopes that good and lucrative things can come in small packages — like molecules and microorganisms. There’s money to be made, and that’s a motivation. But work pursued within the modest Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property office on the Amherst campus also expands on the …

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fair warning, voters of Massachusetts: As campaigns for and against casino gambling ratchet up in advance of a November ballot question, prepare to be smothered with arguments. The gambling industry spent millions to lobby lawmakers before the 2011 … 2

Editorial: Repeat violations suggest OSHA fines are toothless

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says contractors working in a former Easthampton mill failed repeatedly to guard against workplace injuries. It’s good the agency is monitoring job sites, since more than 4,000 Americans are killed in …

Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off track. This work will continue to demand close attention and …

Editorial: On being poor and rich in these United States

Monday, August 18, 2014

To see how Americans are doing in today’s economy, the Federal Reserve went looking this past year in a place things are supposed to be OK: suburbia. Researchers more often study conditions in the inner city or the …

Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Friday, August 15, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off …

Editorial: A new future for Parsons Street School

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easthampton is making the right decision to sell the Parsons Street School as well as the right steps to reach this conclusion. City officials have kept the public abreast of their intentions with the building for more than … 1

Editorial: Two dozen accounts of life, love and dying: The Dignity Project

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If dying weren’t so final, we might have a chance to get good at it. Instead, as we decline physically, from illness or age, most of us come to a time when a lot is demanded. Questions flood in. How does one prepare to die well? What makes … 1

Communities pull together in times of need

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two stories in the Weekend Gazette captured how quickly, and dependably, residents of the Valley respond when trouble strikes. This too is news — important news. The Northampton florists who lost money in a burglary heard immediately from friends eager to restore money Walter and Mary Nuttelman had …

Editorial: Northampton road work’s inconvenience will pay off in future

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s hard to get around Northampton this month without running into signs warning of road work and streets that have been torn up. But the inconveniences for motorists now will pay off for years to come as the city addresses a long-neglected need to upgrade its heavily traveled …

Editorial: Northampton business owners get cold shoulder on rail project

Friday, August 8, 2014

Work to improve a railroad crossing in Northampton this weekend will force detours and delays. Some disruption is of course inevitable with big road projects. For travelers, it’s part of the cost of progress — and the pain is temporary. Those who manage projects like this must limit …