Editorial: Mass. missteps with REAL ID

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nine years ago, Congress passed the Real ID Act and it became law ... but then things started to unravel. The idea was to make sure that when a person presented a driver’s license anywhere in the country, it confirmed their identity. But that hasn’t happened. Both the federal government and that states have had a hard time getting their act together. On the federal side, the Department of Homeland … 0

Editorial: Colrain should move on sewer system

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some old-fashioned advice for Colrain: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. A significant opportunity has been presented by the state in the form of a $2.5 million grant that would go toward the building of a town center sewer system. That money, while not necessarily covering the entire cost, takes this project well out of the hypothetical realm and into the … 0

Editorial: Evil finds a new face

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another extremist group has surfaced from the cauldron of the Middle East, a ruthless locust horde that leaves death and destruction in its wake. If Americans and other Westerners find the militants under the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq to be the latest personification of modern-day evil, they’re not wrong. Their blood lust, which has resulted in the executions of those getting … 1

Editorial: A new school year begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite August’s last gasp of warm breath, people know that summer is on the wane. And if you need more proof, j ust ask the students. All across the county, school building doors are being flung open as … 0

Editorial: School cooperation kudos

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Competition between communities should never get in the way of sharing good ideas. We think this is particularly true when it comes to education. We’re glad to hear that Four … 0

Editorial: More power for community

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Mayor William Martin’s push to create a municipal conduit for electrical power may not be unique — there are plenty of communities that have their own municipal electric utility — but it’s important nevertheless. That’s because it’s about the power of community. “This will be a great … 0

Editorial: It is the county’s hospital

Thursday, August 21, 2014

During the process of taking over the reins as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, we’re pretty sure that Steven Bradley had some long talks with his predecessor, Chuck Gijanto. We can well imagine, too, that Gijanto made a point of saying the people of Franklin County not … 0

Editorial: New chapter for Lamson & Goodnow

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A business does not stick around for 177 years without hitting a few troublesome patches. That’s not to say that the news coming from Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. isn’t something to worry about. The nation’s oldest cutlery business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. That filing, … 0

Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts’ maiden foray into the world of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries has been anything but smooth. Chalk it up to either state officials being completely caught off-guard when voters passed the ballot initiative calling for the legalization of … 1

Editorial: A growing black eye in Ferguson

Monday, August 18, 2014

As events have continued to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., little good has transpired — in fact, things just keep getting worse and worse. From the moment black 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer — … 0

Editorial: Hospital project moved forward

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and North Quabbin area: We’re glad to hear that Baystate Franklin Medical Center has gotten the necessary approval from the Massachusetts Public Health Council to move forward on a plan to replace and renovate its … 0

Editorial: Connecting with Robin Williams

Friday, August 15, 2014

An entertainer has to make a connection with an audience. Without that connection, chances are you’re not going to be in show business for long. Given the outpouring of grief surrounding the suicide of Robin Williams this week, … 0

Editorial: Celebrate the Free Harvest Supper

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunday, Greenfield and its neighbors have a chance to take part in a special event that one might say is a dietary staple — the Free Harvest Supper. It’s a must for all who like good food based upon our area farms, an event that is one where … 0