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Hampshire College begins an Ethics and the Common Good Program this fall.

Editorial: Why a new Hampshire College program might offer Conscience 101

Monday, April 20, 2015

In the annals of “doing good,” Hampshire College graduate Julie Schecter appears to have earned her wings. She and other trustees of a family foundation called SHIFT will give more than $2 million to the school. That’s good in itself, but this is a gift meant to keep giving. Here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this effort will help guide …

Editorial: US should allow refinancing of college loans

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Millions of Americans who borrow money to pay for college are locked into relatively high interest rates that compound the growing problem of student debt. Legislation that Sen. Elizabeth Warren keeps introducing — and Republicans keep turning back — would provide relief. It isn’t a bailout or giveaway. Warren’s bill would let borrowers of older college loans refinance to obtain a lower interest …

Editorial: Hampshire Regional YMCA needs to hear all voices on future of swim team

Friday, April 17, 2015

Leaders of the Hampshire Regional YMCA should think twice before eliminating a team that not only produces championship swimmers but provides an opportunity for young people of all abilities to learn healthy competition, self-discipline and a love of fitness that could make them enthusiastic Y members for life. With the Northampton-based Y at …

Editorial: Rule exposes electricity ratepayers to unfair double whammy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Electricity customers knew last fall they’d pay more for power this winter. But as rates kicked up by nearly a third and some sought relief by switching suppliers, another expense caught them by surprise — making this a tough winter both inside and outside for ratepayers. Help may …

Editorial: Grieving military families find solace with new bond

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The ceremony marking the formation of the first-ever western Massachusetts chapter of American Gold Star Mothers served as a powerful reminder that the pain of seemingly distant wars is felt every day in the hearts of our Pioneer …

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 …

Editorial: Northampton CPA money must be saved for projects that serve public

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Northampton Community Preservation Committee is pondering whether to support spending a load of public dollars on two projects — one to rehab Pulaski Park downtown, the other to redo two staircases at the historic former jail on …

Editorial: Reading between the lines in Republican budget plans

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Republicans now hold the gavels in Congress. Budget plans outlined last week by House and Senate committees offered the first look at how the party will administer the nation’s finances. Not surprisingly, these plans showcase the party’s vision of limited government. Between the lines, they show contempt for …

Editorial: Shovel out or prepare to pay up

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One day this winter, a frail woman leaning on a walker inched her way down the middle of Northampton’s busy Conz Street. She had chosen the dangers of traffic over the risks of a sidewalk laden with ragged layers of snow and ice. It’s a choice nobody should …

Editorial: Healthy Hampshire shines welcome light on challenges

Thursday, March 19, 2015

People living in the residential East Hadley Road neighborhood off Route 116 south of downtown Amherst face challenges in their daily routines that are not part of the lives of many other residents. Because of inconvenient bus schedules and tricky access to the nearby Norwottuck Rail Trail, a …

Editorial: Proposed records reform gives citizens their due

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Transparency in civic life isn’t a partisan issue. This month, Gov. Charlie Baker demanded it of leaders of Boston 2024, the private group trying to bring the Olympics to Massachusetts. And he pledged in January that the Massachusetts Health Connector would be straightforward about the costs of administering …

Editorial: Task force right approach for body work oversight

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The raid and subsequent closure of two body work businesses in Northampton last month shined a light on a corner of the underground economy that mistreats employees and can involve the trading of sexual contact for money. When businesses prey on the most vulnerable, they must be stopped. …

Editorial: Bringing a proven tool to state’s opioid epidemic

Monday, March 16, 2015

The heartbreaking story Joyce Sabin Rescia carries with her every day comes with many morals, including this one: If there is a simple way to save a life, why not take it? Rescia lost her son Matthew to a heroin overdose in 2000 when he was 18. She’d …