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Editorial: Hotel Northampton workers seek strength in bargaining

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Several dozen Hotel Northampton employees staged a media event Tuesday to make public their effort to form a union. With City Council President William H. Dwight at his side, worker Jonathan Leighton stood at the hotel’s front desk that evening and requested a face-to-face meeting with owner Mansour Ghalibaf. Ghalibaf declined to be part of this drama. That’s the owner’s right, just as it is his employees’ right to seek …

Editorial: How compromise, in case of Amherst’s Sept. 11 flags, can be the better part of valor

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Compromise is a central tool in governing. Amherst’s Select Board used it five years ago to allow street displays of the American flag on Sept. 11, but only a certain “milestone” anniversary dates of the terror attacks. This week, that compromise came undone. This time, another mechanism of governing kicked in: simple fatigue. After yearly debates over flag displays — and yearly ridicule …

Editorial: UMass takes questionable stance on football player’s discipline case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Alex Stolicny has no doubt about what happened early one morning last February. He was punched so hard in the mouth by a guy at a Hadley party that several teeth came out and he lost consciousness. That’s the story he has been telling since Feb. 21. It is the same account his school, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, considered when a student …

Editorial: Applause for Amherst’s move to enhance public arts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

People entering the repurposed police headquarters in Cambridge, which houses a variety of social service groups, can look up and see stunning stained-glass panels at the top of the walls shimmering with hand-blown glass roundels wrapped around found objects. The artwork is called “A Long Story.” In the …

Editorial: Unsealed court documents vindicate Bill Cosby’s accusers

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The allegations of sexual assault surrounding Bill Cosby were obscured by the haze of time. The events took place so many years, if not decades, ago. And one of Shelburne’s most famous residents was steadfast in his denials. …

Editorial: Attack on area homelessness will include more than veterans

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz has signed a pledge to ensure that all veterans have housing by the end of this year. But that is far from the end of the story. The pledge Narkewicz signed is one part of a much larger effort under a federal initiative …

Editorial: Online voter registration removes barrier, but more can be done

Monday, July 6, 2015

Over the course of this year’s annual Town Meeting season, many residents once again experienced our version of grassroots democracy and the power of the ballot box. The vote is a powerful tool for making decisions that influence the shape of our government as well as our lives …

Editorial: Year ahead will decide fate of Hatfield Center School

Sunday, July 5, 2015

It has been 35 years since Hatfield children walked from final classes at the town’s Center School and 10 years since residents faced up to the fact that the handsome brick building at 58 Main St. has been orphaned by change. So what to do? Last October, a …

Editorial: Why mayor’s search for next Northampton fire chief started and ended inside department

Friday, July 3, 2015

Those who know best what it takes to be a fire chief agree: Duane Nichols, who has devoted his whole adult life to serving the Northampton Fire Rescue Department, earned the right to succeed Chief Brian Duggan. Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz named him to the job Wednesday. …

Editorial: Governor sets right tone with broad addictions fight

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, …

Editorial: Finding the right punishment for the driver who killed Edward and Brittany McGrath

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Edward and Brittany McGrath died together 10 months ago while riding a motorcycle. Services for them were held soon after, celebrating their lives and accomplishments. But on Tuesday, heart-wrenching stories about them were in the air again, this time in a Northampton courtroom. Grief over their deaths, due …

Editorial: Russell P. Sienkiewicz was right chief for the time in Northampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When former Northampton Mayor Mary L. Ford tapped a low-profile 38-year-old lieutenant in the detective bureau to be police chief in 1994, she surprised many by passing over two higher-ranking and better-known members of the department. “He will have the confidence of the whole force,” she said Feb. …

Editorial: Serving local audience is vital part of WMUA’s mission

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two weeks before WMUA went on the air, President Harry S. Truman upset his Republican challenger to hold on to the White House. A world war had just ended and a cold one lay ahead. Babies were booming. …