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Editorial: Tree canopy a resource worth city’s time, effort

Monday, September 1, 2014

It doesn’t take a math whiz to see that if Northampton has lost 500 public shade trees since 2006 but planted only 242 replacements, its tree canopy is headed for trouble. Officials and residents concerned about the health of Northampton’s trees are poised to take steps that will reverse that trend. This is time, energy and money well spent. The term canopy refers to the area of a community shaded … 0

Editorial: When a crowd helps tell Northampton’s story

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A project early last May in Northampton sent 100 people scurrying around the city with cameras. What they captured, in a 48-hour hunt for images of city life, hasn’t had time to cure, so these photographs can’t be called historic. Give them time. The first entries culled from one thousand photos submitted to … 0

Editorial: New UMass football coach Mark Whipple faces many challenges in his return

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mark Whipple begins his second era as the University of Massachusetts football coach Saturday afternoon just as he began the first in 1998 — leading a team for which there are low expectations because of recent poor play. To the surprise of many then, Whipple turned around a lackluster program by guiding the Minutemen to a 12-3 record and national championship. Sixteen years … 0

Editorial: Unanswered questions in Amherst school attack

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Even close readers of the news are likely puzzled by a reported setback — yes, another one — in race relations in the Amherst schools. There’s a reason for that confusion. And a remedy. Amherst school officials need to explain more fully what happened to a white student … 0

Editorial: Girl Scout Lyndsey Pisano makes inspirational use of yesterday’s music

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Lyndsey Pisano of South Hadley didn’t invent the idea, but she took the revelation that familiar music can bring Alzheimer’s patients to life and ran with it, making some veterans at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke very happy. Pisano spent hours compiling 1,000 songs from earlier eras … 0

Editorial: Native artifacts should be public treasures

Friday, July 4, 2014

Members of a Deerfield farm family are asking University of Massachusetts researchers for more information about — and the return of — Native American artifacts dug up from their property. While the question of who owns the artifacts may take time to sort out, we hope that the … 0

Editorial: Finding right words to define patriotism

Thursday, July 3, 2014

At dusk Friday, unless a storm interferes, fireworks will color the sky over Amherst to celebrate the day, 238 years ago, when 56 people at the Second Continental Congress signed a document declaring the 13 “united States of America” independent of a despotic king. “To prove this,” their … 0

Editorial: Much to like in a state budget that aids higher ed and communities and improves child protections

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kudos to the state Legislature for delivering on time to the governor a balanced budget for the fiscal year that began Tuesday. We urge Gov. Deval Patrick, who must act on the $36.5 billion spending plan by July 10, to leave intact critical increases for higher education, substance … 0

Editorial: Corporations can now also be religious people

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that corporations are entitled to exercise free speech by giving buckets of money to candidates — delivering a body blow to a precious thing, our democracy. The court opened another front in the culture wars this week by extending corporate liberties to … 0

Editorial: A solar solution for the former Belchertown State School?

Monday, June 30, 2014

More than 20 years have passed since the closing of the Belchertown State School in 1992. Since then more than half a dozen proposals have trumpeted visions for reclaiming the central campus and empty buildings on more than 80 acres. But one by one, these proposals proved more … 0

Editorial: Let the people speak, regardless of school panel’s time limit

Friday, June 27, 2014

To hear a group of Amherst Regional High School teachers talk about the racial tensions that have roiled their school and community is to believe something inspiring may emerge from a dispiriting series of events, including harassment that prompted teacher Carolyn Gardner to leave in May. The incidents … 0

Editorial: Another crosswalk concept in downtown Northampton

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Northampton Department of Public Works is not, as a member noted Wednesday, the Department of Public Statements. But it does oversee a lot of pavement that, with a few cans of paint, can host messages. Aside from … 1

Los Angeles Times: High-seas slavery in Thai fishing fleets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following editorial appeared Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times. Sometimes it can be hard to see the connections between human rights violations in far-off places and how we live our daily lives. But if you go to your freezer and find Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods’ … 0