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This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, Michael Keaton as Walter "Robby" Robinson and John Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr., in a scene from the film, "Spotlight." (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)

Editorial: Film ‘Spotlight’ Film story of betrayal that should not be forgotten

Friday, November 27, 2015

One of the biggest stories of 2002 is news again to millions thanks to Hollywood. While movie studios usually aim to distract viewers, sometimes their films contain uncomfortable truths. The new movie “Spotlight” recounts one of them: the Catholic church’s long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse. It tells the story of the Boston Globe investigation that revealed how the Archdiocese …

Editorial: Holiday gift programs rely on community generosity

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette this week opened its 83rd annual appeal for community support of the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund which will provide Christmas gifts to children who otherwise would have few, if any, holiday presents. Again this year, the program will give vouchers worth $40 per child from families which qualify so their parents may buy toys and/or clothes at eight …

Editorial: The people’s lawyer says pipeline isn’t needed

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs, as happened last …

Editorial: Sharp difference emerges in utility winter rates

Monday, November 2, 2015

Electricity customers in parts of Massachusetts won’t get the spot-market blues to the extent they did last winter, when costs shot up. Combined with relatively low gas and fuel oil costs, Eversource consumers, at least, are getting a break in the months ahead. Further out, though, the question …

Don’t scoff at WHO cancer report on processed meat

Sunday, November 1, 2015

After chewing for a few days on a report about processed meat, it is time to nibble at how these sorts of health studies are themselves processed. As with fine print about ingredients in hot dogs, it pays to read and go deeper. For decades, the World Health …

Editorial: Stakes are high on Amherst school reconfiguration decision

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Before they vote Tuesday on a proposal that would radically change elementary education in their community, members of the Amherst School Committee must believe that residents truly understand what’s at stake. Committee members face a recommendation from administrators that the town dramatically shift its elementary school landscape by …

Editorial: Young women fight back against everyday street harassment

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A crowd of young women and men from Northampton High School delivered a clear message Monday night to those who think it coy, or macho, to comment on a woman’s appearance when she passes them on the street. Stop. Just stop. And this message wasn’t only delivered on …

Editorial: Ernie Booth — He’s not just another roadside attraction on King Street

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A lot of things are remarkable about Ernie Booth, a 50-year veteran of the King Street auto repair business in Northampton. One is that he’s still at it at age 77 with no thought of shuttering his garage, located a stone’s throw from the hotel and courthouse on …

Editorial: Freeing classrooms from yoke of excessive standardized testing

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oct. 24, 2015, may go down as a sort of Independence Day for students in American public schools. That’s when the Obama administration acknowledged that for two decades, through Republican and Democratic presidencies alike, the federal government pushed …

Editorial: Proud Pearl Harbor survivor bore a lifelong witness

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Japanese torpedo that struck Edward F. Borucki’s ship at Pearl Harbor was just one small weapon delivered on a day that decimated this country’s Pacific fleet. But that one torpedo killed 33 men in the USS Helena’s …

Editorial: Northampton restaurant reaches tipping point on gratuities

Friday, October 23, 2015

A practice familiar to Americans but eschewed in most of the world — tipping at restaurants — is rightly getting scrutiny here and throughout the country. The Haymarket Cafe in Northampton intends to go tip-free next month. The …

Editorial: Both new legislation and existing legal remedies needed to combat overdose deaths

Friday, October 23, 2015

At its core, the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis is a matter of life and death. New data released this week underscore that view: Department of Public Health officials said Wednesday the number of opioid deaths remained high during the first six months of 2015 and analysis …

Editorial: ‘Tiny house’ movement sadly ahead of zoning curve

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sarah Hastings put four years of college study, about $15,000 and many hours of sweat equity into building her first home. Five months after graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Hastings lives in her 190-square-foot mobile tiny house parked next to a barn on farmland off East Street in …