Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. The consequences are just too dangerous otherwise — to anyone else on the road as well as to the car’s passengers. A … 0

Editorial: Food Bank shift a problem

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has long been on the front line of fighting hunger in a region that includes Franklin County. That battle that has been going on for more than three decades, and we can’t imagine coming close to easing hunger’s grip on the local community if this nonprofit organization hadn’t been so proactive. Recent changes with the Food Bank’s … 0

Editorial: Fourth-graders and GMS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Greenfield public schools are once again looking for the right grade configuration for the Greenfield Middle School building. A special ad-hoc committee is expected to make a recommendation on what to do with the fourth grade. At issue is the question of whether fourth-graders should be housed in a building with seventh-graders. It’s a question — and concern — that has been raised … 0

Editorial: Community at heart of response

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

While there are plenty of feelings and interests that motivate the average person, one driving factor is often a sense of community. And it’s that sense of belonging to a group that we think is at the heart — we use that term deliberately — of the effort … 0

Editorial: Snow days adding up for schools

Monday, February 23, 2015

By just about any measure, this year’s winter weather has been one for the record books. As communities continue efforts to dig out, one issue will linger long after the snow has finally melted away: making up lost school days. Already, school districts are eyeing the calendar to … 0

Editorial: Downing thinks out of the box

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to state Sen. Benjamin Downing, whose district includes a number of Franklin County towns, for thinking out of the box when it comes to money … 0

Editorial: Snowing down the economy

Friday, February 20, 2015

Even knowing that we live in New England — where snow is expected — this winter has proven to be a test of our Yankee fortitude. The cycle of snow storms and the amounts dumped on the region have all added up to a significant impact on everyday … 0

Editorial: Food stamps on the chopping block

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A food fight is again brewing in the hallways of Congress. Republicans in the U.S. House have again set their sights on trimming what they believe is fat in the federal budget, and the House Agriculture Committee is reportedly planning to begin a debate over reforming the Supplemental … 1

Editorial: Red flag on casino revenue

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As Massachusetts waits patiently to learn who will be the winning applicant for the state’s third, and presumably final, resort casino, there was other news this week that residents and state lawmakers should not ignore. A number of states new to the casino gambling game are finding that … 1

Editorial: We can’t ignore Islamic State

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A continual parade of captives, carefully videotaped and designated for brutal execution — the spectacle plays to the Islamic State’s extremist views, drawn from an ancient time and violently foisted on modern life. It’s fair to say that … 0

Editorial: A small act that makes sense

Monday, February 16, 2015

If the world is going to have a chance to alter the course of climate change, we suspect it’s going to take more than one approach. And while nations of the world wrestle with their role — jointly and separately — it will require people to make individual … 0

Editorial: Lot use headed in right direction

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Given that the Villa DiMaio Restaurant burned down a little more than 14 years ago, it’s good to learn that the town of Whately is trying to find a good … 1

Editorial: Valentine’s Day not so simple

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine’s Day has arrived: A day devoted to the idea of romance and expressions of love ... heart-shaped cards, something sweet for the sweet or some other symbols of our feelings for a special person in our life. … 0