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Workers from BioRecoveryCorp carry equipment from the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Spencer remained in stable condition while isolated in a hospital, talking by cellphone to his family and assisting disease detectives who are accounting for his every movement since arriving in New York from Guinea via Europe on Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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. On Thursday, the day a New York City doctor tested positive for Ebola, the city’s mayor, the state’s governor and public health …

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 day, though, the seasonal special at Local is called the United Way Burger. All proceeds …

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 site within hearing distance of the school. At least one school parent is incensed about …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Editorial: Heavy hitters support later start for high schools

Friday, August 29, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics this week described an epidemic of “chronically sleep deprived and pathologically sleepy” adolescents and associated health problems. Mincing no words, the academy listed the consequences of teen sleep deprivation: higher rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic dysfunction, increased anxiety and mood disorders, …

Editorial: Amherst Together stance on forum does more harm than good

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The woman hired to help Amherst heal its racial wounds said she and other school and town leaders pulled out of last week’s radio forum on the issue for fear that the gathering would feature “race-baiting,” fuel “sensationalism” and foster “insensitivity to the variety of voices and needs …

Editorial: South Hadley invests big in knowledge, community

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This week, residents of South Hadley can see what $10.1 million will buy these days if they stroll along a crushed gravel walkway and enter the doors at 27 Bardwell St., where a new chapter is beginning for …

Editorial: Northampton mayor shows compassion for those in immigration limbo

Monday, August 25, 2014

While immigration reform eludes Washington lawmakers and the president, Northampton’s mayor took a stand last week that will help foreign-born individuals and families in the Valley feel less vulnerable. Mayor David J. Narkewicz agreed to sign an executive …

Editorial: SJC ruling shows need to reform pension law

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We are troubled by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling this week allowing a former high school teacher in Amherst to continue collecting his state retirement benefits. Justices followed a law that demands to be changed. The Legislature should adjust the statute so that teachers convicted of reprehensible …

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fair warning, voters of Massachusetts: As campaigns for and against casino gambling ratchet up in advance of a November ballot question, prepare to be smothered with arguments. The gambling industry spent millions to lobby lawmakers before the 2011 …

Editorial: Repeat violations suggest OSHA fines are toothless

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says contractors working in a former Easthampton mill failed repeatedly to guard against workplace injuries. It’s good the agency is monitoring job sites, since more than 4,000 Americans are killed in …