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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: Tax relief that does more than reduce figures on bill

Sunday, November 2, 2014

In his inaugural address for his second term, Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz pledged “to ensure that Northampton remains affordable to those of every generation and on every rung of the economic ladder — particularly our seniors and veterans.” He promised to work with the City Council to …

Maura Healey clear choice for state attorney general

Friday, October 31, 2014

Democrat Maura Healey deserves election Tuesday to continue the aggressive activism of the Massachusetts attorney general’s office that has been a hallmark of her former boss, Martha Coakley, who is stepping down to run for governor. The attorney general’s office under Coakley has had a high national profile …

Martha Coakley committed to making government work

Friday, October 31, 2014

Both major-party candidates for governor of Massachusetts present strong resumes of public service. Charlie Baker led two high-level departments for the Weld and Cellucci administrations and Martha Coakley pursued wrongdoing as attorney general and earlier as the Middlesex district attorney. Baker and Coakley have campaigned hard and well …

Editorial: Questions 1,2 & 4: No. Yes. Yes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Question 1 on the Nov. 5 ballot asks voters to repeal a provision that would annually adjust the gas tax based on the Consumer Price Index. It is important to note that until 2013, when legislators increased the …

Editorial: Sales pitches tool up on need for natural gas pipeline

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Every campaign season, interests from outside Massachusetts pony up to buy messages that mold public opinion. It is the American way in modern politics and it isn’t limited to issues decided on Election Day. Some campaigns, like the effort to build a new pipeline across Massachusetts, face different …

A band of environmentalists keeps watch over watershed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

People build sheds to protect things. But a natural feature known as a watershed deserves its own safeguarding. One all-volunteer group devoted to doing that for a sprawling area — 665 square miles in Massachusetts and Vermont — just marked its 25th year. The roughly 100 members of …

Northampton city government reorganization deserves support

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The City Council is considering a major reorganization of municipal government in Northampton — likely the most exhaustive in its 360-year history — prepared by Mayor David J. Narkewicz. This review to determine the most effective management approach for the 21st century was required by the charter voters …

Editorial: Ebola reaches Northeast, but it’s no time for panic

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Now that a health care worker is being treated for Ebola just hours from the Valley, some may be tempted to ratchet up alarm about this viral infection. The best medicine for all, at this point, is information. …

Editorial: Northampton merchants don T-shirts to help United Way

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Who knew that a pumpkin latte burger could do so much good — or that a chef’s imagination could combine these flavors? That is a menu item offered by one of the downtown Northampton restaurants participating in Saturday’s fundraiser for the United Way of Hampshire County. For one …

Editorial: Northampton police firearms training can be safely conducted

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For one hour Monday and several hours next Friday morning, students at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School will hear the sound of gunfire during the school day while city police undertake annual state-mandated firearms training at a …