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Editorial: Is orange the new black and blue? Visitors hijack a pumpkin festival

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New England town. Check. Party with a color theme. Check. Police officers suited up for trouble and toting tear gas. Check. And later, resolutions of “never again.” Check. Residents of Amherst no doubt suffered a few flashbacks to the Blarney Blowout as they followed news of last weekend’s Keene Pumpkin Festival in the southern New Hampshire town. The web came alive over the weekend with images of students rampaging and …

Editorial: A new cheerleader for Easthampton business success

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The new leader settling in with the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce brings a fresh perspective to an age-old mission: finding small business success. Easthampton’s merchants, artists and entrepreneurs continue to fuel its steady transformation from mill town. It falls to Maureen “Moe” Belliveau, among others, to keep that going. Belliveau, who started …

Editorial: Ugly messages on UMass campus reveal an everyday racism

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Wednesday, everyone connected with the University of Massachusetts Amherst had to accept that it is a place where a student can come home to a message of hate. But it is also a place, it is important to note, where a thousand students and faculty members show up to reject intolerance. They …

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Editorial: Fix for ‘Blowout’ demands determined follow-through

Friday, September 19, 2014

Driven by memories of mayhem, a special report ordered up by the University of Massachusetts calls on the school to confront its failure to control student alcohol abuse. UMass must move swiftly on multiple fronts, it says, including …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Editorial: Students stand as witnesses to America’s race problem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cherita Moore is a junior at the University of Massachusetts. Last week, she joined a procession through the Amherst campus to make the point that black Americans face unequal treatment from police. Moore and 75 others gathered Sept. 10 because a month and a day earlier, in Ferguson, …

Editorial: American war fever is being stoked anew

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney wants America “back on offense,” this time against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. President Obama, after devoting much of his presidency to unwinding Bush-Cheney military misadventures, appears ready to fall in …

Editorial: Many volunteer hands help make light work

Friday, September 12, 2014

All around the Pioneer Valley this weekend, important work is getting done — for which not a single dollar has exchanged hands. Thanks to legions of volunteers expected to fan out in sites around the region, library shelves will be dusted, parks refurbished, gardens planted, a playground built …

Editorial: When new bricks and mortar bolster the ‘three Rs’

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It took 17 years for leaders of the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, which opened in Haydenville’s Brassworks complex in 1993, to find a new home. In that same town, meantime, volunteers racked up the hours shaping a plan to overhaul the Anne T. Dunphy School and convince …

Editorial: The Retreat arrives at end of the road

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

People in the Cushman section of North Amherst celebrated Tuesday night on their village common, high-fiving near the salamander sculpture. On Monday, they learned that The Retreat, the large-scale development many worked 22 months to rebuff, was dead. Over that time, Save Historic Cushman ran a disciplined, detailed …

Editorial: When 3,700 people agree on Valley’s ‘common good’

Monday, September 8, 2014

Some headlines mark seasons: A strawberry crop comes in, schools reopen or retailers prep for Black Friday. Hollywood stars walk the red carpet and people rush to beat an IRS deadline. You can feel a year pass by. And the United Way of Hampshire County hits its fundraising …