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Each week, managing editor G. Michael Dobbs looks at issues in the Pioneer Valley that affect our readers.





Essex House collapse raises questions about plans for other Holyoke buildings

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

In Holyoke, there is a new game being played: who is to blame for the Essex House? It is obviously one people play in private.At the press conference on Dec. 12, following the partial collapse of the former hotel, Mayor Alex Morse was very careful not to point the finger at anyone. Ward One ...
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Holyoke’s Christmas tree scuffle political silliness, nothing more

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!That’s supposedly a controversial comment these days. With the Holyoke City Council considering an ordinance dictating the city’s Christmas tree be called a “Christmas” tree – instead of a reported “holiday tree” – once again there is skirmish in the supposed war ...
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For the holidays, I may be turning off Facebook

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

At the start of the holiday season, I’m not just feeling it.I’m fascinated by the current reactions I see on Facebook. If someone posts something about white on black crime, or an incident revolving around a white police officer and a black person, there is almost an immediate reaction to fi...
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Diocese not doing itself any favors in handling of Cathedral

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I spent seven years working in public relations and know the best way to deal with a controversy is to get ahead of it. Stand up before a group of reporters and talk. If you’ve been caught doing something wrong, apologize and seek ways to repent. If you’re involved in a difficult decision, invite yo...
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