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Editorial: Navigating dangers, counting blessings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dangers loom large in the world. This is true now in 2014 as it was in 1620 when this land was a new world being explored by newcomers from Europe. Yet despite those dangers, there are still people who have faith, courage and a desire to make the best of their lives. Those qualities serve them well today, as they … 0

Editorial: Graham’s blind to Benghazi facts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If there’s anything that illustrates the current “take no prisoners” mood in the Congress, it’s Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reaction to a long-awaited report by the House Intelligence Committee on the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. An attack there killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. … 0

Editorial: A neighbor changes in Orange

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some 21/ 2 years ago, there seemed to be plenty of reasons to feel good about what was happening with Rodney Hunt Co. and its relationship with the Town of Orange. Hunt, a manufacturer of water control systems, and the community had over the years weathered the good times and bad together. In fact, the company has proudly called Orange its home for … 0

Editorial: Red Hawks leaving mark on volleyball

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Congratulations are definitely in order for the girls volleyball team from Frontier Regional School. The Red Hawks just completed another — for the fifth-straight year — state-championship winning season. Through … 0

Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and … 0

Editorial: Making it all first class

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you happened to join the other local people who toured Greenfield’s new high school Saturday, you probably agree that what’s been completed so far is fabulous. From modern classrooms that provide the right kind of wiring for today’s technology and the changing tools that teachers and students … 0

Editorial: Board flunks answer to holidays request

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the Montgomery County, Md., school board couldn’t find a better way to deal with requests by its Muslim students to honor their religious holidays in the same way they do Christian and Jewish ones than to scrub all religious holidays from its vocabulary. … 1

Editorial: Congressional appetite for leftovers

Monday, November 17, 2014

After a congressional election, the country always has to endure what is known as “the lame-duck session” — a term that recognizes that some of the lawmakers in the House and the Senate will be gone once the … 0

Editorial: Finding right course on sidewalks

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As seen in Turners Falls recently, questions about using a downtown sidewalk as part of a retail space versus keeping it clear for pedestrians can be a contentious issue. Store … 0

Editorial: Mitigating weather trouble

Friday, November 14, 2014

Proactive or reactive? It’s a choice, but the former is usually the preferred method, especially when we’re talking about dealing with Mother Nature at her most destructive. So we’re glad to see a number of local communities taking the proactive approach to problems that they’ve seen before, but … 0

Editorial: Obama’s right call on ‘net neutrality’

Thursday, November 13, 2014

President Barack Obama has called on the use of an old law to address a modern issue. Earlier this week, the president came out strongly in favor of leaving all “lanes” of the world’s Internet highway wide open … 0

Editorial: Baker can help western Mass.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Late last week, Charlie Baker, the governor-elect, visited western Massachusetts. Part of his message for residents outside the Route 128 and I-495 beltways concerned something of great importance — economic development. That talk included stressing the importance of higher education and technical training. “The idea is trying to … 0