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This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, Michael Keaton as Walter "Robby" Robinson and John Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr., in a scene from the film, "Spotlight." (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)

Editorial: Film ‘Spotlight’ Film story of betrayal that should not be forgotten

Friday, November 27, 2015

One of the biggest stories of 2002 is news again to millions thanks to Hollywood. While movie studios usually aim to distract viewers, sometimes their films contain uncomfortable truths. The new movie “Spotlight” recounts one of them: the Catholic church’s long cover-up of clergy sexual abuse. It tells the story of the Boston Globe investigation that revealed how the Archdiocese …

Editorial: Holiday gift programs rely on community generosity

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette this week opened its 83rd annual appeal for community support of the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund which will provide Christmas gifts to children who otherwise would have few, if any, holiday presents. Again this year, the program will give vouchers worth $40 per child from families which qualify so their parents may buy toys and/or clothes at eight …

Editorial: The people’s lawyer says pipeline isn’t needed

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs, as happened last …

Editorial: Deadly attack on Kunduz hospital needs full accounting by US

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It is too soon to label as a war crime the U.S. airstrikes that hit a hospital in northern Afghanistan Saturday, killing 19 people, including three children. But only a full and frank accounting of this tragedy stands …

Editorial: A chance for compromise in Dunkin’ Donuts flap

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

At a recent meeting in the Williamsburg Town Offices, residents came out in droves to pan a plan to construct a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise at 142 Main St. in Haydenville, the site of a now-closed bank. But instead of declaring war against it, residents should see this as …

Editorial: Your donations to United Way improve lives of our Valley neighbors

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The stories told by the United Way of Hampshire County in its annual report are compelling. They are about our neighbors — people struggling with the loss of a job, an illness, or reduced independence that comes with aging — who need a helping hand from the community. …

Editorial: Onus on Northampton Housing Authority directors to stabilize organization

Friday, October 2, 2015

Barely two months into her job running the Northampton Housing Authority, Executive Director Cara Clifford had fired employees without giving them due process, run afoul of the state’s Open Meeting Law, negotiated a $70,000 laundry contract in violation of competitive bidding rules and compromised tenant privacy by improperly …

Editorial: Belchertown police chief Francis Fox Jr. leaves without reprimand

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For the second time this year, Francis Fox Jr. is walking away from a conflict without people “making any determination of wrongdoing.” The first time, Fox came out on top. That occurred when a Granby police officer recognized …

Editorial: Local bank reaches for growth, safety

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shortly after Easthampton Savings Bank announced a deal last December to expand by buying a northeast Connecticut bank, its leader told the Gazette that “banking is a low-margin business” in which size matters. “Bigger, all other things being equal, is typically better because you obviously make more money …

Editorial: MGM’s disappearing tower shakes casino confidence

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Now you see it. Now you don’t. A 25-story glass-faced tower featured prominently in MGM’s winning bid to build a Springfield casino. But, alas, it will cost too much, MGM said last week as its chief pleaded for …

Editorial: Why did group’s bid for municipal electricity plan come up short?

Monday, September 28, 2015

What is it about western Massachusetts and electrical power? Electrical rates are deeply embedded in the fight over the proposed natural gas pipeline through the region. It was last winter’s spike in electric bills that prompted the latest call by utilities for greater gas capacity in New England …

Editorial: In needed change, Hadley town manager gets more focused review

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hadley Town Administrator David G. Nixon’s job performance evaluation broke ground this year when Select Board members actually put their names on score cards along with poignant critiques of Nixon’s work. The evaluations provide more clarity and information than in years past and set benchmarks for the town …

John Musante hit high mark in his service to Amherst

Friday, September 25, 2015

Things people said about John P. Musante, following his death Sunday, could be bundled into an job description for a municipal leader, though an ambitious one. Wanted: a savvy and experienced executive who is patient, good with other people’s money, calm and resourceful. A good listener and collaborator, …