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Editorial: Williston Northampton School misses an opportunity to fully address violation of trust

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The recent “important announcement” from leaders of the Williston Northampton School takes responsibility for an institutional failure. It owns up to a wrong done in the late 1970s to a student. But even as it apologizes, this message misses an opportunity to provide the accounting needed to reach its goal of making amends and moving forward. In some ways, the …

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 …

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: ‘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 …

Editorial: With local marketing appeals, it often comes down to dollars and cents

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Consider the tales of two “locals.” One concerns an Amherst store that believed, mistakenly, that “local” is marketing gold. The other is a new citizens’ group, School Local Northampton, which plans a rally Thursday on the steps of City Hall and seeks to build loyalty to the city’s …

Editorial: Mayor’s pitch to nonprofits strikes reasonable balance in Northampton

Monday, October 19, 2015

Few question the value that Northampton’s largest nonprofits bring to the city, but with an ever-increasing tax burden falling on residential and business property owners, the time is right to ask these groups to chip in more for the betterment of the community. That’s why we’re encouraged by …

Editorial: Tweak in Senate bill can help low-income families with diaper expense

Friday, October 16, 2015

An amendment to the state Senate’s supplemental spending plan wants to make sure low-income families can afford to buy diapers. What the amendment looks to do is let Massachusetts seek approval for people to pay for diapers using benefits they get through the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, …

Editorial: Apples grow on trees, but money sure doesn’t

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The apple-napper will have to tell it to the judge. Maybe the woman seen helping herself to apples this month in a Clarkdale Fruit Farms orchard in Deerfield really didn’t know that this constitutes theft. But a police …

Editorial: Fort Hill Brewery, neighbors need reasoned conversation in Easthampton

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The controversy that has surfaced in recent weeks over activity at the Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton was aired last week during a two-hour hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals. A total of 17 people spoke, including …

Editorial: An understandable desire to deny killers notoriety

Monday, October 12, 2015

After a 26-year-old man killed nine people at the Oregon community college he attended, people alarmed by the prospect of copycat killers called on the media to minimize – or eliminate altogether – use of the killer’s name and image. They make a point. But let’s take care …

Editorial: Russia’s moves in Syria complicate a grim picture

Monday, October 12, 2015

As if the problems in war-torn Syria couldn’t get any worse, an outbreak of brinkmanship between the United States and Russia in the beleaguered Middle East nation is putting the world on edge. The two superpowers are clashing over sharply conflicting goals in Syria, a disagreement that is …

Editorial: In opioid fight, state should tread carefully in screening students

Friday, October 9, 2015

Untangling the opioid crisis in Massachusetts requires an ability to see the many different strands that compose this troubling situation. The public knows that the crisis fueled by heroin and opioid abuse is a multilayered health issue, one that calls for treatment, including more facilities with more beds …

Editorial: Easthampton mayor, in glide path to second term, should articulate goals for city

Thursday, October 8, 2015

As Easthampton Mayor Karen L. Cadieux closes out her first term, a second awaits on a silver platter next month. Why? She’s running unopposed. That may say something good about the job she’s done so far as only the city’s second mayor. But the lack of contest may …