Editorial: Warm the Children

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As Tom Bevacqua pointed out in his usual weekly column in Monday’s Recorder, we’re in a period of seasonal transition, one where we have to say goodbye to any lingering summer days and be prepared for what late fall tends to bring to us here in Franklin County. In other words, it’s time to get ready for the cold. As residents of the area know, for many families, that’s sometimes … 0

Editorial: Lamson and Goodnow's improving outlook

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not too long ago, in fact just this past August, the news from Lamson & Goodnow Co. was pretty grim. The 177-year-old manufacturer had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, there had been employee layoffs and even with the company putting together a new business plan, its prospects couldn’t be described as bright. Two months or so later, the cutlery maker seems to … 0

Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and beer cans. In the past three-plus decades, however, the single-serve beverage landscape has changed dramatically. … 0

Editorial: WIC change a good one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and … 0

Editorial: More eyes on downtown

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Caught on camera.” That’s the phrase that best describes the reason for the installation by governments around the world of surveillance equipment to watch over public places. We shouldn’t be surprised then — or upset — that such cameras are now a part of Greenfield’s downtown. Quietly, with … 0

Editorial: Fear can’t rule Ebola response

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fear is a powerful emotion, creating a sense that one needs to act, quickly. In taking action, however, fear cannot be allowed to cloud one’s judgment or act rashly in haste. Under the best of circumstances, Ebola would … 1

Editorial: Buoniconti’s homework

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We’re glad that Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is doing his homework when it comes to a four-day school week. Such a possible shift in the school week would be a change that would have an impact beyond the classroom. Buoniconti’s research is in large … 0

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to repeal on Question 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Questions about the gas tax in Massachusetts — Is it too high? Too low? How should it be used? — are touchy issues. Many complain about what the tax does to the price of gas and whether it should be dedicated only to upkeep of our roads and … 1

Editorial: Let Biden speak

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden has been getting a bum rap. Too often, after making an appearance or speech before some segment of the American public, the press and Biden’s critics are quick to characterize what he said as … 0

Editorial: Movement in Montague

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad to see that Montague seems to be moving forward on at least one of the vacant properties in town. It appears that the town is close to finally … 0

Editorial: Paying for a new DPW head

Friday, October 10, 2014

Greenfield is going to have to hire another person to head the Department of Public Works. As reported in The Recorder, Arthur Baker, who has been the DPW director for just the last 19 months, has resigned with the intention of finding work in the private sector with … 0

Editorial: Let all gubernatorial candidates debate

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Getting straight talk about the gubernatorial race in Massachusetts can, at times, be difficult. Campaign ads are often a distraction from finding out where the candidates actually stand on the issues, and also provide little or no sense as to how these individuals respond to spontaneous moments, let … 0

Editorial: The door for gay couples gets wider

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sometimes, taking no action can be just as powerful as acting. The United States Supreme Court did just that Monday in declining to hear cases regarding same-sex marriage. In not taking up decisions where appeals courts had ruled … 0