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Editorial: To the end, Evan S. Dobelle remains tight with a dime

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When president of Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle showed a preference for having other people pick up the tab for his personal travel, expensive meals and visits to the Bohemian Grove in California. That’s why he no longer works in Westfield. A development last week suggests Dobelle doesn’t like to pay for legal help, either. Two law firms representing him in a federal lawsuit he brought in 2013 against the school and state officials filed motions to withdraw as counsel because of “fundamental disagreements” and an “irretrievable breakdown” in relations. Oh, and Dobelle doesn’t pay his legal bills. Not surprisingly, no longer having very patient lawyers to litigate his case, Dobelle announced, through one …

Editorial: Worthington deserves answers about its fire service

Friday, February 27, 2015

Volunteer firefighters are a proud bunch for good reason. They train on their own time to protect lives and property. They miss family meals on cold winter nights. Not enough people in small Hampshire and Franklin county towns are willing to join these crews; those who do perform a vital public service. From raw recruits on up to chiefs, these people form an …

Editorial: Amherst arrestee’s cellphone video offers chilling view of police conduct

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before Thomas C. Donovan’s cellphone video went dead March 8, it captured an alarming sequence of events: Donovan backing up. Police officers coming toward him. Donovan asserting his right to record police conduct. An officer knocking the phone from his hand. Another officer stomping on it. In a civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, the University of Massachusetts …

Editorial: UMass can do more to reduce textbook costs for students

Monday, January 19, 2015

Since you can’t beat them — and believe it, you can’t — join them. That’s the takeaway from the University of Massachusetts’ textbook deal with online retailer Amazon. Students discovered years ago that they can easily tap into the new and used book market and save big through …

Editorial: Incoming AG Maura Healey makes opiate abuse a first priority

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Attorney General-elect Maura Healey has set an important and ambitious agenda by targeting the state’s growing heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis as her first major initiative when she takes office Wednesday. “Every day, families across Massachusetts are …

Editorial: From its cover, Charlie Hebdo shows its spirit to be unbroken

Friday, January 16, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring …

Editorial: This is Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s time

Thursday, January 15, 2015

After a last-minute blip on the screen involving alleged boasting by his domestic partner — a “kerfuffle” as he put it — Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst has been elected to one of the most powerful positions in Massachusetts, president of the state Senate. Given his record over …

Editorial: Pleasant Street renewal in Northampton more real than ever

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

If two housing groups secure funding, the long-sought revitalization of Northampton’s Pleasant Street will advance dramatically. The Valley Community Development Corp.’s project at the Northampton Lumber site won two key approvals last week and deserves backing Thursday from the City Council through a Community Preservation Act grant. Taken …

Editorial: Microgrids offer hedge as power source in time of climate change

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

‘Resiliency” is the latest buzzword in the energy world. It does have its appeal. When a Halloween snowstorm wreaked havoc in Northampton and the rest of western Massachusetts more than three years ago, leaving thousands without power, city officials began to search for ways to strengthen back-up power …

Editorial: Public safety is only real if it applies to everyone

Monday, January 12, 2015

Racial tensions and the relationships between police officers and communities of color are top issues demanding attention. In recent months, protesters have taken to streets across the nation over killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island and the failure to indict police officers involved …

Editorial: Unraveling the riddle of Northampton’s retail erosion

Friday, January 9, 2015

For decades, Northampton has had Faces and Iris Photo. Now, with word two longtime retailers expect to close, Northampton has questions. The city’s economic development director is right to begin chronicling reasons that businesses come and go downtown. That information will help officials do what they can to …

Editorial: How a different climate change hampers supply of doctors

Thursday, January 8, 2015

For 24 years, Dr. Samuel Gladstone saw patients in a family practice in Amherst. For 22 of those years, the Massachusetts Medical Society tracked the health of this kind of business — and for 17 of those the …

Editorial: A citizen’s quest for answers about Verizon charges pays off for all

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

When a consultant saves a client money, that’s being good at one’s job. When the same consultant saves over $1 million for people he doesn’t know, that’s being a good citizen. At the end of last month, the state Attorney General’s office reached an agreement with Verizon New …