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Editorial: Remembering our veterans

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

Take the time to observe

Today is Veterans Day, the day to set aside each year to honor those willing to serve and make sacrifices for their country. The observance, first called Armistice Day, has its roots in World War I and is held on Nov. 11, the day the guns went silent at the end of what was then called The Great War. The U.S. and other nations mark the day because, as a congressional resolution stated, the day “... marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed ... Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations ...” As we know, despite all of the hopes and wishes, World War I was not “The War To End All Wars.” Take the time to think about the sacrifices that men and women have made and continue to make in the service of their country. We must never forget.

An education on virtual schools

We can’t say we’re all that surprised that the state only received one other applicant besides the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School to create a virtual school. The state’s entrance into the Internet-based educational world is still a work in progress, with Greenfield very much serving as a test site. The fact that other groups started the process and then backed out indicates that they want the kinks to be worked out before getting on board. This includes seeing what kind of paces the state puts Greenfield through.

Food aid in West County

A possible move by the West County Food Pantry that would provide not just more food storage room but also more hours of operation is good news. But it comes with the unpleasant realization that there’s a need for the pantry to be open more than it has been, which means more West County residents are having issues with food. And that is NOT good news.

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