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Editorial: GCC greenhouse significant addition

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

The new greenhouse at Greenfield Community College is another significant addition to the campus infrastructure, one that apparently will get plenty of use from students in different disciplines. This includes horticulture, botany and environmental science and even laboratory space for students taking renewable energy classes. All of this is just another example of how GCC is keeping pace with the interests and needs of the students enrolled there.

Colrain eyes a worthwhile investment

Building a sewer system for the town center in Colrain isn’t a cheap proposition — it’s been estimated at $5 million or more. But money can’t be the only factor under consideration, especially when looking toward the future. Expanding sewer service would be beneficial to a number of property owners who now depend on individual septic systems. Even if there’s no problem with the system now, we can imagine tougher regulations that could put owners in a financial bind at a future time. We also agree with those town officials that see the ability to hook up to a sewer system as a plus when it comes to commercial development. This is worthy of serious discussion and consideration.

Buckling up on school buses?

Once again there is legislation before state lawmakers that would require seat belts on school buses. Obviously, the goal is always safety. But in crafting any kind of requirement, lawmakers should be realistic when it comes to what’s required to implement any changes. As Lynell Peterson, director of the School Transportation Association of Massachusetts, pointed out in a recent State House News Service story, it’s not as simple as retrofitting buses with seat belts, since the bus manufacturers are the ones who have to install them. And that leads into the matter of cost and the time necessary to get into compliance. We suggest legislators find the money to make it all work before they mandate it.

A reminder on snow clearing

Although we didn’t really need a reminder, the recent snow lets us know that winter has indeed arrived, even if the official day isn’t until Saturday.

Still, it’s a good time to remind people to keep street drains and hydrants clear of snow, as well as making sure sidewalks are OK for use by pedestrians.

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