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Editorial: Olympic allure comes with costs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Having Massachusetts serve as host for the Olympic games is truly alluring. Although many of the events would be centered in and around the immediate Boston area, Franklin County could be the site for whitewater slaloms in canoeing and kayaking. Boston 2024, the organization that is trying to bring the Olympics here thinks the Deerfield River would be the right … 0

Editorial: DPU falling short in protecting public interests

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

There are no lawyers in The Recorder’s newsroom to assess the state Department of Public Utilities’ review of Berkshire Gas Co.’s request to buy 20 years of natural gas from the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline through Franklin County. But that’s OK, because you only need a bit of common sense and consideration to conclude that the DPU so far has turned its back … 0

Editorial: Dare to create

Monday, June 29, 2015

Imagine, for a moment, getting out of one play that really knocked your socks off and then running and laughing through the rain, to find first one and then two restaurants full, and then being delighted to get slices from Village Pizza and drinks at Seymour, before running off to the next surprising piece of theater. This was a recent Saturday evening in … 0

Editorial: Future of local business means supporting Franklin County CDC

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thank goodness Franklin County’s number one lender isn’t one of those mammoth Wall Street banks — you know, the ones that helped damage the Main Street economy of America in what has now become known as the Great Recession. It’s the locally owned banks that take the lead … 0

Editorial: A more perfect union

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nearly 30 years ago, The Recorder received a wedding announcement for inclusion on our Milestones page, where such important events in the lives of Franklin County residents are chronicled. This one was different. It involved two women. The … 0

Editorial: State must bolster staffing for funeral home inspections

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Until practice catches up with promises, customers of funeral home services in Massachusetts need to guard themselves and their families against fraudulent conduct that can turn a difficult time into a horrendous one. While steps have been taken in the past year to more closely monitor financial transactions … 0

Editorial: Don’t forget Tech vote Tuesday

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: If you live in one of the towns that make up the Franklin County Technical School district, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday between noon and 8 p.m. Polling places … 0

Editorial: State retreats from tuition plan

Friday, June 19, 2015

A college education can be expensive, no matter how you slice it. In Massachusetts, that cost just got higher at the state’s flagship public university and others in the system as the University of Massachusetts board of trustees voted to increase tuition by 5 percent and tack on … 0

Editorial: Senate stands against torture

Thursday, June 18, 2015

If our beacon of democracy and freedom fails to burn as bright as it once did, the U.S. Senate took a step this week to restore its luster. Looking to make an executive order signed by President Barack Obama permanent, the Senate passed an amendment to the National … 0

Editorial: Serious case of mistaken identity

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

“I identify as black.” With this pronouncement on NBC’s “Today,” program, former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal tried closing the door on the controversy that’s thrust her into the national spotlight. Identifying internally as black, however, doesn’t allow someone to deliberately mislead the public about one’s race. That’s … 0

Editorial: Make the move from Davis Street

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Holding someone’s feet to the fire is one way to get action. In the case of Greenfield Mayor William Martin, it may be the cold that puts the school administration into a new home. The mayor says that the heating system for the school office building on Davis … 0

Editorial: Greenfield school meeting fails to pass public test

Monday, June 15, 2015

It was just painful to watch, even if you didn’t have a personal stake in the fight. The parents and teachers of the Greenfield Math and Science Academy attending last week’s Greenfield School Committee had a right to feel discouraged, disheartened, infuriated and disrespected — particularly by the … 0

Editorial: Championship weekend for TFHS

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: CAPS OFF to the girls and boys of Turners Falls. The fans of the Indians girls softball team and the boys baseball team were treated to a double dose of … 0