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Editorial: No more hiring as usual at state probation office

Monday, July 28, 2014

The lesson in the guilty verdicts last week in the federal trial involving the state probation department’s rigged hiring scheme is this simple: Just because it has always been done this way doesn’t make it right. The case involved former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and his deputies, Elizabeth Taveres and William Burke III. Burke, 70, a Hatfield resident, was a career employee of the department who worked for many years … 0

Editorial: Sloppy work or under staffing? Lax funeral inspections allow Ryder's alleged negligent operation to continue

Monday, July 28, 2014

As the families who did business with the now-shuttered Ryder Funeral Home transfer their funeral arrangements elsewhere, file lawsuits or search for missing funeral contract money, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office needs to step in and help state regulators sort out the mess. That’s because the state Division of Professional Licensure and Board … 0

Not an easy task, but saving Amherst mural worth effort

Friday, July 25, 2014

An enormous painting of Emily Dickinson’s face, surrounded by colorful blossoms and flanked by other luminaries from Amherst’s past, gazes out from the back wall of the Carriage Shops in Amherst center. The poet’s image provides the centerpiece of the community-created mural framing the historic West Cemetery that fans out beyond it, the burial ground for Dickinson and her family, as well as … 0

Editorial: The agony of a heroin overdose that might have been prevented

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Newton resident Jim Kasper has been working for three years to find justice after his 24-year-old son died of a heroin overdose while two people watched television in the same room, ignoring the danger his son was in. … 0

Editorial: At last, progress on minimum wage in Massachusetts

Monday, June 16, 2014

The state House and Senate last week settled debate on the minimum wage in Massachusetts, agreeing to raise it to $11 an hour over two and a half years. But expect the wider argument to rage on nationally, … 0

Editorial: Pomp and sage insights at Valley’s graduations

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Some members of the Class of 2014 processed in to the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” while others bounced down the aisle to the beat of “Fergalicous.” Whatever song carried this year’s crop of high school seniors … 0

Editorial: Access to SAT shouldn’t be benched

Friday, June 13, 2014

State Rep. John W. Scibak has acted swiftly to prevent Massachusetts high school student-athletes from having to choose between playing in a tournament game and taking a college entrance exam. We support the bill he filed Monday, which would prohibit interscholastic events from being scheduled before 2 p.m. … 1

No more Food for Thought

Thursday, June 12, 2014

They gave it their best shot. Sadly, they came up short. Members of the Food for Thought Books Collective cut costs, reduced space, diversified offerings, imposed event fees and sought help from financial experts, lawyers and supporters. But despite waves of love from the community — including $40,000 … 5

Editorial: Local divestment, global change

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When they approved a resolution last fall urging the city of Northampton to stop investing in fossil fuel companies, city councilors were the first to admit the move would do little to influence the likes of Exxon Mobil … 5

Editorial: Time is right for Massachusetts Legislature to enact tougher gun laws

Monday, June 9, 2014

Massachusetts is in line to join other states adopting tougher gun control legislation to reduce shootings resulting in an alarming number of violent deaths throughout the United States. We hope the Legislature acts before the session ends July … 1

Editorial: Lots of hopes riding on Valley’s rails

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The first chapter in the story of expanded rail service through Northampton starts in January with high-speed Amtrak service once a day. Before that even comes, advocates of rail travel are wisely drafting chapter two: regular commuter service linking the region to Springfield, then south through Connecticut to … 0

Editorial: Honoring a Northampton community leader, Chris Cavallari of Serio’s

Friday, June 6, 2014

Serio’s Market closed for business for the day Friday, only the third time in its history the family-run grocery store halted operations. The sad occasion was the funeral for owner Christina Cavallari, who died unexpectedly at age 57 after a brief illness May 30. The store closed two … 3

Editorial: The graduation party parents wish they hadn’t thrown

Thursday, June 5, 2014

High school graduation is an exciting time for parents as well as kids. So, can you blame a social family for wanting to step up and host a great party as reward and celebration? Yes. It’s easy to … 0