Editorial: A tragedy that demands a response

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We inhabit a world where all kinds of tragedies take place. Some of these events — derailed trains, bus crashes, fires — get little attention, save from those directly involved. Others catch the world’s attention and demand a collective response. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over a part of eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew members on board, would be both tragic and unusual … 0

Editorial: Right direction on North Quabbin

Monday, July 21, 2014

We know that some people driving from the eastern part of the state to the North Quabbin region probably look around appreciatively and think, to paraphrase Dorothy of Oz in her famous quote: “we’re not in Boston anymore.” The trick is to get visitors to realize that the appeal of the region is more than skin deep. Those living here are quite familiar … 0

Editorial: Fix ordinance before making it law

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We don’t quite understand the thinking of some Greenfield town councilors when it comes to the proposed noise ordinance. While we can understand the desire to have such an ordinance in place — although we question its seeming priority over other, more urgent needs — … 0

Editorial: Our border problem

Friday, July 18, 2014

Americans, we have a problem. Thousands of children from south of our border are trying to enter the United States, some alone and some with adults, and our political gridlock is preventing the federal government from responding in … 0

Editorial: Dairy farming a tough job

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dairy farming in the Northeast has never been a get-rich-quick proposition. While plenty of parents — especially those with teenage boys — may say that milk is a staple in their homes, it turns out that milk consumption in the United States has been dropping. Milk’s rate of … 0

Editorial: Educate, rather than dictate on plastics

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Educate or dictate? We’ll take the former. We thought educating people about the ills associated with plastic bags or plastic bottles was preferable when a Greenfield resident proposed banning them last year and we continue to think that with the revised proposal that looks to include more prohibited … 0

Editorial: Heat turned on Speaker DeLeo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sometimes, high-profile politicians can bask in the glow of the public spotlight, but there are times that, instead of illuminating their achievements, that light serves to turn up the heat. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo certainly isn’t liking how ex-Probation Department Commissioner John J. O’Brien’s corruption trial is … 0

Editorial: An issue with fingerprinting

Monday, July 14, 2014

Improving school safety — no one can really argue against the idea of making our children safer. But the devil can be in the details. That’s how we look at how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is handling the implementation of the law requiring that all teachers and school … 0

Editorial: Deadlocked Northfield vote

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With a little more than 75 percent of the Northfield’s voters opting to stay home, a vital Proposition 2 1/2 override — one that directly affects the town’s children — … 0

Editorial: Still waiting on the pot dispensaries

Friday, July 11, 2014

The state of New York just became the 23rd state to OK the use of medical marijuana. Is anyone taking bets on whether New York will be providing this form of relief to patients with cancer or other medical issues before a dispensary gets opened in Franklin County? … 0

Editorial: An uncertain transformation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When the day comes that Entergy shuts down the Vermont Yankee reactor in Vernon, Vt., it will mean an end of producing energy by nuclear fission there. But at the same time, it could be the beginning of transformation that may be more complex and hold a larger … 1

Editorial: Murderous acts spark latest violence

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We are once again witnessing how quickly tensions and violence can escalate between Israel and the Palestinians. As usual, a flare-up begins with murderous acts and the desire for parties on both sides to use them as fuel … 0

Editorial: Seeing the faces of hunger

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hunger has many faces here in Franklin County. Some are quite obvious: the unmistakable look, for example, of a person who has truly been out on the streets with no money and little support. But then there are the faces that don’t readily let on that having enough … 0