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Editorial: For Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, increased scrutiny now a fact of life

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On the eve of the biggest vote of his life, state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg has found himself facing questions about his least favorite topic: his personal life. Rosenberg has been able to avoid such questions for a long time. He is known for taking tough assignments in the Legislature, including work on redistricting and the new casino law. He’s a policy wonk, not a glad-hander. For years he’s put constituent …

Editorial: Meaningful work can be undertaken at any age — as these seniors show

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

People at any age can be valued and valuable. They can be contributing members of a community doing worthwhile work. Society sometimes forgets this. In Amherst, 87-year-old Shirley Whittemore has been indulging her longtime passion for doll-making by setting up a veritable doll factory in her living room. She made 80 dolls this year for children in foster care. Dolls might sound a …

Editorial: Is it time to retire English lord as college’s human mascot?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amid their frantic end-of-semester studying, some students at Amherst College found time for good-natured pranks with a serious message. Students want to replace the college mascot, Lord Jeffery Amherst, with the mighty moose. Their rather elaborate pranks included placing a life-size metal moose sculpture in the foyer of the Frost Library just after Thanksgiving, when the library was closed. Though library staff members …

Editorial: NFL settlement with players lifts veil on extent of football injuries

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In many American households, Sunday has traditionally been given over to church, family supper and football. Or — with the decline in religious attendance and the rise of pizza delivery — just a whole lot of football. It’s …

Editorial: Sentence for probation trio should send strong message

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A judge in Boston Thursday will impose sentences on three high-ranking officials convicted of public corruption. They worked in the state’s probation department, where for many years what mattered most for applicants was not what you knew but who you knew. A jury sent a message in July …

Editorial: FCC nears decision at heart of Internet access

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

As consumers of democracy, American voters showed considerable apathy about last week’s mid-term elections, with two-thirds staying home. That won’t be the case if regulators allow another thing they consume — streaming video — to be messed up …

Editorial: Recalling a long-ago hero on this Veterans Day

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing didn’t live long enough to have children. He died July 3, 1863, on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, along with many of the men he commanded in a Union artillery division. And so it …

Editorial: Historic tavern gives up its secrets in Deerfield

Sunday, November 9, 2014

You can’t get a drink at the Barnard Tavern in Old Deerfield, but visitors will eventually be able to walk through a space transported back in time — to when the business was a popular way station for …

Editorial: Northampton must pay piper on salary if it wants to attract good leaders

Friday, November 7, 2014

Steps to modernize Northampton government won unanimous backing in the City Council this week. Now, the panel should support pay changes to ensure skilled leaders can be recruited to serve city taxpayers. There are reasons the mayor of …

Editorial: Renewables a key part of region’s energy future

Thursday, November 6, 2014

When it comes to New England and energy, the second shoe has dropped. The first was a 37-percent rate increase for National Grid’s electricity customers. That move is adding a big expense to commercial and residential budgets now and for the coming year, with costs expected to rise …

Editorial: Clear value in public airing of Amherst teacher’s complaint

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The case of Carolyn Gardner, the former Amherst Regional High School teacher, is a sad chapter in Amherst history — and one many in town may want to move on from. But there can be no moving on until some things are resolved. Gardner is the math teacher …

Editorial: Allegations of sexual harassment at Hadley diner warrant outside review

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The co-owner of a Hadley restaurant did the right thing to promise action against the overt sexual harassment endured for years by female employees. After accounts of the harassment mounted online last week, in posts by former wait staff at the Route 9 Diner, this note appeared on …

Editorial: Election Day: When Massachusetts citizens help set government’s course

Monday, November 3, 2014

Every Election Day, 13 hours of polling help write history for residents of Massachusetts. While polls attempt to predict outcomes of tight contests, they can all be proven wrong if citizens exercise their right to speak back to government through the ballot. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. …