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Editorial: Banning sale of e-cigs to minors is right step

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let’s get real: Adults who smoke bubble gum- and banana split-flavored electronic cigarettes and use a Batman holster to carry them around are few and far between. The makers and sellers of e-cigarettes know full well the population they target is children and teenagers — people under the legal age to purchase traditional tobacco products. That smart marketing has worked. …

Editorial: First up, an Olympics of public skepticism on the 2024 Games

Friday, March 27, 2015

The state placed a help-wanted ad this week related to having Boston host the Olympics in 2024. The help that’s needed: an independent accounting of how the games would affect the state and its capital city. We’re glad officials see the need for answers. Boston 2024, fresh from awarding its leaders big salaries to pursue the Olympics bid, is feeling the heat of …

Editorial: Open Meeting Law worth the hard work it requires

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It’s not shocking that several public officials stood up at a public meeting to complain that the state’s Open Meeting Law is cumbersome and confusing. What is shocking is that they derided it as “unfair and undemocratic” and claimed that a request for meeting minutes is tantamount to harassment. Even more shocking is that in a room full of 100 elected and appointed …

Editorial: Worthington perseveres in preserving a town school

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Worthington is in the final stages of reopening a local school that serves not just to educate young children but also as a hub of activity for the town. The perseverance of Worthington residents is admirable and should be an inspiration for other Hilltowns faced with local school …

Handling of assault report returns to haunt college

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Soon after becoming president of Amherst College in 2011, Carolyn “Biddy” Martin set out to reform how the school handled reports of sexual assault. Until then, the lack of a clear policy and prompt response had subjected victims to the added — and for some unbearable — stress …

Editorial: Tuning in to wisdom in the lives around us

Monday, February 2, 2015

One of Sunday’s Super Bowl ads lofted advice from people who, like the company that bought the air time, were born in 1915. This spot, more than most of the night’s sentimental pitches, offered things to consider. No disrespect to the puppy. If that third-quarter Dodge ad got …

Editorial: Lessons from a hateful crime in Northampton, even if it didn’t earn that name technically

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Northampton Police and the Northwestern district attorney’s office will not charge two juveniles accused of writing anti-Semitic and racist graffiti with the commission of a hate crime, but that’s not the end of this story. Members of a community must never think a decision by law enforcement absolves …

Non-violent civil protests always carry risks, rewards

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It’s a mistake for lawmakers angered by a recent I-93 blockade to crack down on civil disobedience, no matter how upset their constituents are. Nonetheless, two bills have been filed to toughen penalties for actions like those Jan. 15, when people protesting police violence chained themselves to concrete-filled …

Closing time for the liquor license monopoly

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

No wonder some Northampton restaurateurs are protesting the city’s effort to obtain another five full liquor licenses. Existing license holders have reason to grumble not just about increased competition, but about what they see as a financial inequity. If the Legislature grants the city permission to expand the …

Editorial: Super Bowl deflated by NFL’s lengthy probe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The National Football League’s prolonged investigation of under-inflated footballs allegedly used by the New England Patriots in their 45-7 AFC championship victory has cast an unnecessary cloud over this year’s Super Bowl. The delay in resolving the controversy, …

Editorial: Early warning helps region prepare for a storm’s blast

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the time you read this, a winter storm packing an historic punch will be raging outside. Roads will be deserted — given the state-ordered travel ban that began at midnight Monday. Most people will be hunkered down …

Editorial: Finding right balance on social media’s time and attention demands

Sunday, January 25, 2015

From baby boomers to Gen-Xers and millennials, we as a nation are attached — some would say addicted — to our technology. At Northampton High School, students have become so absorbed with portable electronic devices at lunchtime that there’s not a lot of interaction among students. One NHS …

Editorial: A court case offers lessons in gun safety

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Three years after being acquitted of involuntary manslaughter, former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury is back before a judge. The issue again is gun safety. Fleury is a private citizen now and deserves his day in court. He hasn’t had a chance to present a defense, or to …