Editorial: Proactive approach

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

Dateline Buckland/Shelburne: Residents of these two communities should encourage their respective boards of selectmen to continue to examine all options when it comes to making high-speed Internet connections available townwide. Town officials and many residents continue to fear that the latest efforts by the state and WiredWest will still leave too many holes in the system. In this day and age, that is unacceptable and should be seen by everyone involved as a serious problem. We can’t help but think that with the towns getting more actively involved, there will be some kind of movement toward better connections.

Dateline Montague: The twisted tale of the property known as the Railroad Salvage building just took another turn, with a corporation calling itself Solutions Consulting Group now in charge. Let’s hope that this group is able to come up with a solution for the property that doesn’t entail it remaining an unsafe eye-sore, with taxes remaining owed to the town.

Dateline the state: One might expect the crowd of people interested in running for governor next year to ebb and flow in the coming weeks. At last count, there were four or five Democrats who have declared in some way their interest in replacing Gov. Deval Patrick. They include state Treasurer Steven Grossman; Don Berwick, a former health care official in the Obama administration; Juliette Kayyem, a former federal and state homeland security official; and Joseph Avellone, a biotechnology industry executive and former Wellesley selectman. State Sen. Dan Wolf, who was running, has suspended his campaign for now. On the Republican side, the only real news is that former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has said he’s not going to throw his hat into the campaign ... but we won’t hold him to that decision.

Dateline Greenfield: Dishcrawl sounds to us like an interesting idea ... partaking of a unique dining experience. The idea allows diners to take a “tour” of several local restaurants and sample some of the food they have to offer. If nothing else, it would seem to make for lively dining over about three hours. The first event of this kind in Greenfield is supposed to go off Wednesday. We’ll be interested to see what participants — including the restaurant operators — have to say.

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