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City streets offer feast for cops and poets alike

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

From the shopkeeper unlocking her door in the day’s new light to the young women outside panhandling for cash, from the old guy enjoying a sidewalk cigarette to the Smithies laughing their way to the clubs, from the boy tossing a Frisbee to his dad in Pulaski Park to a couple trading angry barbs on Pleasant Street — every day and deep into the night, the streets of Northampton pulse … 0

Editorial: At last, sweet changes for Pulaski Park

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Friday afternoon, Northampton’s Pulaski Park looked like an OK place to be. A young couple sat on the grass in a shady spot under a tree. Two little kids zoomed down a slide, while a young woman, seated on a nearby bench, chatted on her phone. A smattering of people crisscrossed the park, either on their way into town or out. But … 0

Wishing that train would leave the station

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It’s standard procedure for a train approaching a railroad crossing to sound its whistle to alert the people who might be happening by. Too bad Pan Am Railways didn’t give similar consideration to the Northampton residents who recently found themselves surprised by a noisy, smelly and obnoxiously lit new neighbor. As part of … 1

Editorial: Rescue at the ready, thanks to new technical team

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The newly formed Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team stands ready to save people in new ways from tough spots. The region is fortunate to have a dedicated crew like this — the largest of its kind in the … 0

Editorial: First step: save lives with Narcan

Monday, May 26, 2014

When Gov. Deval Patrick took aim at opioid addiction two months ago, wider use of Narcan topped his list of emergency actions — and for good reason. The substance, if administered in time to people overdosing, saves lives. … 0

Editorial: Why drivers must respect rail crossings

Monday, May 26, 2014

Collisions involving cars and trains are rare in the Valley, but given the number of unguarded crossings and the public’s daredevil ways, they do happen. A driver was lucky last week to walk away from a crash in … 0

Editorial: An Amherst teacher’s unhappy retreat

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Racial tension has held the Amherst Regional High School in its grip since fall. Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, in her first year, has been targeted repeatedly by anonymous racist and otherwise hostile incidents and students clashed during the … 0

Editorial: Campuses must see to it that crime of rape is reported

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What’s it going to take for colleges to stop discouraging students who say they have been raped from going to the police? Here’s another question for college administrators: Would you suggest that a student whose car, laptop, or … 2

Editorial: Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton faces up to staffing gaps

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As a Gazette story detailed Monday, a raft of doctors left Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Childbirth Center at the end of 2013. Four of nine obstetricians resigned between October and December, and a fifth went on maternity leave. We … 1

Editorial: The Dignity Project’s purpose

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Gazette launched The Dignity Project 2014 last month with a story about Sunderland resident Robert Duby’s desire to approach death on his own terms. At 74, Duby is an active and vibrant retired professor — but he’s … 0

Editorial: State must let consumers know when foods contain genetically modified organisms

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Vermont earlier this month became the latest state to adopt a law requiring food to be labeled if it contains genetically modified organisms. We hope Massachusetts this year joins its neighbor to the north in giving consumers more information about products they purchase, and we applaud state Rep. … 9

Editorial: A suggested text for Smith College’s fill-in commencement speaker

Friday, May 16, 2014

Smith College did well to invite a former president, Ruth Simmons, to deliver Sunday’s commencement address after a protest by faculty members and a minority of the student body prompted International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde to bow … 1

Editorial: Banning frats and sororities at Amherst College, again

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The decision to expand a 30-year-old rule that prohibits Amherst College students from joining fraternities or sororities, even if based off campus, took many by surprise last week. The reaction was mixed and we can see why. The … 2