Editorial: Office move to middle school makes sense

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With the dispersing of fourth-graders from the Greenfield Middle School to the neighborhood elementary schools for the new school year, it appears the question becomes what to do with the extra space. Town and school officials have come up with a thought: move the public school administrative offices to a floor in the … 0

Editorial: Dalai Lama’s message perseveres

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfillment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances … 0

Editorial: Trying again to ban plastics

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The latest effort to put a lid on plastic in Greenfield, thankfully, is no longer as big a grab bag of restrictions from a group of environmentally conscious residents. The ban proposed this time is focused on items too often found as part of the community’s litter or thrown in the trash. The big question still is whether this is the right approach … 0

Editorial: Answers needed for jump in drug price

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Anti-overdose drugs like Narcan have proven their worth in saving lives in the fight with heroin and painkiller addiction. Yet its value is being recognized, too, by the manufacturer, as in “profitable.” Since the state declared the opioid epidemic a health emergency under former Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration … 0

Editorial: Accessory dwelling proposal can work

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Greenfield’s accessory apartment proposal has quickly proven to be a hot topic, even though there is significant value in its purpose and potential. The Planning Board’s withdrawal of the proposed ordinance will provide a needed cooling off period to better assess the pros and cons of the idea. … 0

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

Monday, April 20, 2015

The following message is to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy: safety trumps shortcuts. This should have long been understood about operating a nuclear power plant, including every step of the decommissioning process. A number of Franklin County towns and neighboring communities in New Hampshire and Vermont have … 1

Editorial: This year’s House budget entry

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The House’s state budget proposal giveth and taketh away. For Franklin County communities, this means restoring money for regional school busing to cover approximately 70 percent of the cost. Also, … 0

Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, … 0

Editorial: Lessons await with school budget

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deciding how much to increase spending for Greenfield’s public schools should be an interesting learning experience this year. The town’s new superintendent, Jordana Harper, with her School Committee’s almost unanimous support, has asked the Town Council for a $1 million increase. But Mayor William Martin, the lone dissenting … 0

Editorial: Gov. Baker takes aim at regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A badge of honor or an unnecessary constraint? When the question involves state regulations that are tougher than corresponding federal rules, the answer depends on how you view regulations to begin with. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, like many Republicans, isn’t a fan of regulation, especially if those regulations … 0

Editorial: Discarded needles more than a nuisance

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If the larger communities in Franklin County are seeing more syringes and needles discarded in parking lots, alleys and parks, it’s clearly, and sadly, a sign of the times. It’s a byproduct of the increased use of illegal drugs like heroin in our area, the potentially lethal litter … 0

Editorial: A nation changes in a blink of an eye

Monday, April 13, 2015

Through the lens of history, the course of a nation seemingly can change in a blink of an eye. For the last several years now, the U.S. has been observing the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. It began in 1861, on April 12, when Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, … 0

Editorial: McGovern right to push discussion

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: One of our two congressmen, James McGovern, wants Congress to have a discussion about U.S. military policy with regards to Iraq and the fight against the terrorists who call themselves … 0