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Editorial: Food bank rethinks Thanksgiving table — to strengthen offerings all days of the year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In church basements around the Valley, those without enough means are enjoying traditional Thanksgiving meals today thanks to community volunteers and donations that make such feasts possible. Meanwhile, at dining tables around the Valley, other families who struggle to make ends meet may have found it more difficult than usual to assemble ingredients considered necessary for a Thanksgiving table. That’s in part because two years ago, the network of anti-hunger …

Editorial: Another school struggles to overcome rape culture

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Must progress against rape on campus be so slow? As the White House pushes a sexual assault awareness campaign, does every college and university in the country have to go through its own spastic awakening? Events in Virginia this week suggest that might be so. What’s happening in Charlottesville shows how loathe institutions …

Editoral: Sandy Hook gunman’s ills were known but unaddressed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Down in Newtown, Connecticut — ground zero for the second-worst school shooting in American history — the school superintendent gathered staff Monday to review a long-awaited report on how it was that a ticking time bomb named Adam Lanza was allowed to go off inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The explanation is tough to swallow, because the report makes clear that many …

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. …

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 …

Editorial: Sidewalks of the city: They must be vibrant, but also shared by all

Friday, October 17, 2014

In May 2013, Mayor David J. Narkewicz kicked a hornet’s nest when he ordered the removal of six sidewalk benches on Main Street in Northampton in an effort to curb the loitering and panhandling that some shopkeepers said was hurting business. T he mayor wisely reversed that action …

Editorial: Amherst College digs in to fight campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst College students, faculty and administrators made a visible statement last week that they back President Barack Obama’s push to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. It isn’t academic. This problem is real, local and urgent. Hundreds donned …

Editorial: When rough things happen in prized natural places

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week, two stories in the Gazette featured comments from science experts explaining how events that seem wholly destructive can benefit the natural environment. We’re talking about coverage of the Easthampton microburst and the start, within days, of …

Editorial: The youngest Nobelist brings the wisest world view

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

‘Who is Malala?” That is what the man with a gun asked young women riding in the back of a pick-up that moments before had been bouncing along rough roads in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. No one answered but glances gave them away. He raised his pistol and fired. …

Editorial: Land stewards in Hadley help preserve forests, views

Monday, October 13, 2014

Members of the Scott-Agassiz family were well aware of the value of the land they tended for generations in North Hadley: It was priceless. They also knew that no matter what the deed for the property said, the land didn’t really belong to them. They were stewards of …

Editorial: Find right tone, tactics for policing in our times

Monday, October 13, 2014

The message from a veteran law enforcement official was unambiguous: Due to persistent challenges, and the rise of technologies like social media, police officers must do their work differently to remain relevant in the 21st century and serve …

Editorial: Anti-bullying lesson backfires in Amherst

Friday, October 10, 2014

Great teachers challenge students, but there is a big difference between awakening minds and saying things so shocking a good message gets lost. That appears to have happened last week in Amherst when a consultant made middle-schoolers run …

Editorial: Luck, timing help prevent a tragedy in Easthampton

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The column of wind that barreled across the west side of Mount Tom early Wednesday wasn’t a tornado, but these winds, known as microbursts, can be just as destructive. No one who lives near Mountain Road needs to be told that. Bryan Lamore, who was motoring up the …