Editorial: Let them play

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council’s decision making it harder for middle school athletes to compete on the varsity level this fall can be couched in all sorts of language about competition and integrity, of fairness and even gaming the system. Apparently missing from the conversation is consideration of the impact on the students themselves, both the middle-schoolers and their potential high school teammates. Here’s what has happened: The MIAC, one … 0

Editorial: Broadband expansion necessary

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadband Internet service has been characterized as the new electricity. Such service is an integral part of 21st century life, even for those small out-of-the-way communities in Massachusetts where it can seem that the number of back roads exceeds the number of residents The Federal Communications Commission put it this way in its National Broadband Plan five years ago: “Like electricity a century … 0

Editorial: Congress needs to alter Amtrak course

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amtrak resumed service between Washington, D.C., and New York City Monday, along the Northeast Corridor/Trenton line, following the deadly crash outside of Philadelphia last week. Many questions remain as to why the train was traveling at more than 100 mph, twice the posted speed limit, when it hit the curve and derailed, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others. The accident … 0

Editorial: Trees should grow in Greenfield

Monday, May 18, 2015

For a community with a name like Greenfield and a decades-long heritage of environmental activism, it’s easy to understand the angst and anxiety caused when the town razes rows of neighborhood shade trees — and equally difficult to understand the town’s stingy ways when it comes to replacing … 0

Editorial: Montague lands on senior center option

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Building a possible senior center on the site of a former convenience store in Turners Falls sounds like a winning idea for Montague. The town has seen a number of … 0

Editorial: Fix the ordinance wording

Friday, May 15, 2015

When it comes to banning plastic items in Greenfield, residents are seeing an example of the means justifying the end. In the end is that the right approach? We’re not sure. As reported in The Recorder, there is, in the opinion of the lawyer representing Greenfield, some trouble … 0

Editorial: NFL inflates penalty over Deflategate

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love and hate. Crime and punishment — all part of the drama swirling around the New England Patriots this week. The National Football League came down with its punishment following its investigation into “Deflategate” — where the Patriots used insufficiently inflated footballs during the first 30 minutes of … 0

Editorial: DPU needs to hear from western Mass.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas proposal is one of the more volatile subjects to come down the pipe here in western Massachusetts. Residents of the eight directly affected Franklin County towns haven’t been shy about voicing opinions about the proposed route coming from New York State … 0

Editorial: Campaign provides GCC help with mission

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Taking care of the core while reaching for the stars — that’s one way to describe what happens at Greenfield Community College. On the surface, the school is fulfilling its mission that it started with back in 1962 when it opened: offering people of Franklin County an opportunity … 0

Editorial: Park makeover just one puzzle piece

Monday, May 11, 2015

A planned $700,000 makeover of the hidden and often overlooked Green River Park in Greenfield sounds wonderful, if expensive. The plan includes the town’s first dog park, an urban amenity that many of Greenfield’s hilltown neighbors might not appreciate, but dog owners in the “city” will. Renovations will … 0

Editorial: Meehan has plenty of work to do

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Marty Meehan, the new president of the University of Massachusetts system, says he plans to be more of a presence on the flagship campus in Amherst. That’s good to hear … 0

Editorial: Watch Bernie run

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fellow Americans, please join us in putting down the hammer, setting aside that big work project and telling those dirty dishes they can wait. Together, let’s climb to the nearest mountaintop, drink in the latest news from the presidential race and shout: Bernie! All right, all right, we … 0

Editorial: DCF struggles continue

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Eighteen months ago, the disappearance and death of Jeremiah Oliver revealed the holes in the state’s safety net as put together by the Department of Children and Families. What Massachusetts residents saw this week is that the issues plaguing DCF are bigger than first thought, with money and … 0