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Editorial: Welcome benefactor for HCC

Monday, April 21, 2014

Elaine Marieb is a big believer in the benefits of community college education, and she has a particular affection for Holyoke Community College where she taught for 26 years. Thus, it was no surprise when her latest initiative as one of the college’s most loyal benefactors was announced late last month. “Mission Marieb,” as the college calls the challenge, seeks 1,000 donors of any amount to the HCC Foundation’s Building … 0

A marathon’s meaning

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It is Patriots’ Day, the holiday that honors those who fought battles in Lexington and Concord in 1775 that helped end British colonial rule. It is also Marathon day. In Hopkinton, 36,000 runners will line up for a race that has always tested participants. This is the 118th running of this storied marathon, but the first since two deliberately set explosions killed three … 0

Editorial: Five who’d claim to speak for God easily drowned out on UMass campus

Friday, April 18, 2014

It is a tough calculation: Ignore a notorious group that seeks to oppress gay people in order to deny it the exposure it craves? Or show up in numbers to leave no doubt hatred is the refuge of a deluded minority? Students at the University of Massachusetts chose the later Wednesday when over … 0

Editorial: Northampton opens new front in war on tobacco illnesses

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Northampton Board of Health continues its exemplary leadership in protecting nonsmokers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and keeping young people from using tobacco products. For the past 20 years, Northampton has been in the vanguard of Massachusetts communities imposing smoking bans in public places. The … 1

Editorial: Questions linger in wake of fatal Amherst apartment complex fire

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Investigations of fatal fires are always gut-wrenching affairs, but when the cause cannot be determined, as in the case of the Amherst apartment complex blaze that killed a University of Massachusetts student last year, it is even worse. … 0

Editorial: An Amherst landmark, the Carriage Shops, faces change

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Amherst waits with bated breath to learn whether local property owner Jerold Gates can put a deal together to sell the Carriage Shops building on North Pleasant Street to a developer, who would tear it down and construct housing units. Gates says it is no surprise that he … 0

Editorial: A writer’s largesse returns dividends to local bookstores

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

James Patterson is one of the bestselling authors in the United States. In the latest Sunday New York Times Book Review, his name appears seven times on various lists, including No. 1 on the Combined Print and E-Book list and No. 1 for Print Hardcover. He even appears … 4

Editorial: Art from troubled Uganda arrives in Amherst

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tonight in a performance at the University of Massachusetts, young people from Uganda will share the joy of East African dance and song. Back home, official Uganda continues to target homosexuals. The nation’s president last week signed a … 0

Editorial: Bridging the tech jobs gap in the Valley

Monday, March 3, 2014

Information technology — IT — was once the domain of highly trained experts building computer hardware and developing software. But as technology has transformed all sectors of the economy, most workers need new skills. In fact, more than … 0

Editorial: Arizona’s brush with bias

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is getting pats on the back for vetoing the so-called “free exercise of religion” bill — an attempt, shrouded in faith, to legalize discrimination. But the praise is barely warranted. We think a cool … 0

Editorial: Northampton’s snow removal worth a second, patient look

Friday, February 28, 2014

As sure as snow flies in New England, griping about how it gets cleaned off roads and sidewalks is a pastime of winter — especially one as tough as this. Everyone wants their street plowed sooner — without … 5

Editorial: As heroin use balloons in Valley, need to treat addiction intensifies

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Monday, an overflow crowd of between 300 and 400 people attended a conference at Greenfield Community College to talk about heroin and the rapidly escalating problem it has become in western Massachusetts. In the past, heroin has … 0

Editorial: An affordable housing setback

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The 11th-hour disintegration of negotiations to restore affordable housing at the Echo Village Apartments on Gatehouse Road was a stunning disappointment for Amherst officials. N ot only because it stymies the town’s efforts to provide housing for low-income … 0