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 Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School teacher Alpha Kabinet Kaba, shown here with his mother, Aminata Kaba, on a trip to Africa in January. Kaba learned recently that his mother and two other relatives have died of the Ebola virus.

Editorial: Tragedy of Ebola hits home in Hampshire County

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A local face was put on the terrible Ebola epidemic centered in West Africa with the news last week that a popular Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School drumming and dance teacher is grieving the deaths of his mother and two other relatives to the disease in his native Guinea. The virus killed Alpha Kabinet Kaba’s mother, nephew and …

Editorial: A roadside attraction bows out on Amherst Town Common

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The information booth on the Amherst Town Common will soon be gone. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Director Donald Courtemanche says the little yellow shack that provided information to visitors for nearly 50 years will be missed, but the mourning period will be short. He is probably right. Smartphones, after all, can provide …

Editorial: Intimate partner violence must not be hidden problem

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thirty-nine witnesses took the stand in Hampshire Superior Court — one for each year Jessica Ann Pripstein lived. They testified to enable a jury to establish Ryan D. Welch’s guilt or innocence in Pripstein’s murder just minutes into Feb. 20, 2012, after she’d picked up the check at a bar where he’d been drinking and sulking. Everything was about to go wrong for …

Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Friday, August 15, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off …

Editorial: A new future for Parsons Street School

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easthampton is making the right decision to sell the Parsons Street School as well as the right steps to reach this conclusion. City officials have kept the public abreast of their intentions with the building for more than … 1

Editorial: Two dozen accounts of life, love and dying: The Dignity Project

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If dying weren’t so final, we might have a chance to get good at it. Instead, as we decline physically, from illness or age, most of us come to a time when a lot is demanded. Questions flood in. How does one prepare to die well? What makes … 1

Communities pull together in times of need

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two stories in the Weekend Gazette captured how quickly, and dependably, residents of the Valley respond when trouble strikes. This too is news — important news. The Northampton florists who lost money in a burglary heard immediately from friends eager to restore money Walter and Mary Nuttelman had …

Editorial: Northampton road work’s inconvenience will pay off in future

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s hard to get around Northampton this month without running into signs warning of road work and streets that have been torn up. But the inconveniences for motorists now will pay off for years to come as the city addresses a long-neglected need to upgrade its heavily traveled …

Editorial: Northampton business owners get cold shoulder on rail project

Friday, August 8, 2014

Work to improve a railroad crossing in Northampton this weekend will force detours and delays. Some disruption is of course inevitable with big road projects. For travelers, it’s part of the cost of progress — and the pain is temporary. Those who manage projects like this must limit …

Editorial: New land trust shapes new solution

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The new Amherst Community Land Trust is counting on public support. Organizers are passionate about making housing more affordable in Amherst. We hope they succeed in bringing this innovative concept to life. The nonprofit trust would assist a prospective buyer by stepping in as a partner to buy …

Editorial: Domestic violence must not be treated as private matter

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A terrible irony clouds the domestic violence bill awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature. The legislation and its welcome reforms were sparked by the August 2013 stabbing death of Jennifer Martel at the hands of Jared Remy. It might …

Editorial: What’s good for MicroCal is good for Northampton

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

With only around 30 businesses in Northampton employing more than 50 workers, it’s never good news when a major firm leaves. This was the case with MicroCal, which provides 40 jobs in Northampton, the majority of its 62-job …

Editorial: Amherst cemetery’s ‘meadow’ needs a little clipping

Monday, August 4, 2014

The “meadowfication” of the Amherst cemetery where poet Emily Dickinson found her final rest provides a case study in what happens when high concept meets weedy reality. The way a swath of West Cemetery has been allowed to grow isn’t a terrible idea. But the concept — like …