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Editorial: Labor Day’s here

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

Dateline the nation: Many people around the area and across the nation have enjoyed the three-day weekend that ends with Labor Day. Getting the day off from work is just one of the benefits that came about due to the hard work, perseverance and sacrifice of past generations of working Americans. As the U.S. Department of Labor states on its website, “The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known — and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”

Whatever you’re doing today, even if it means going to work, we hope the day is a good one.

Dateline the region: Labor Day isn’t the only signal that summer is quickly coming to an end. Another is that schools around the region are again in session. Although there are a couple of holdouts when it comes to waiting to start school after Labor Day, plenty of schools already got a start last week. It’s also a time when motorists in the mornings and afternoons should be aware that students are walking across streets to and from school and emerging from school buses. Please be careful.

Dateline Erving: We don’t know what the odds are that the Erving Public Library will get a grant this time around from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners when it comes to the idea of a new or renovated library. Nor do we have the forecasting skills to determine how long it might take for the idea of a new library to become a reality. But for those who understand the need to do something — and that probably includes many of the residents who use the library — they know the time is now to have a communitywide conversation about the existing conditions and future possibilities.

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