Editorial: Unity Park living up to its name

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: When thinking about public parks, many of us don’t often think about accessibility and how people with disabilities might not be able to enjoy what’s available. That certainly can’t be said about the people involved with Unity Park in Turners Falls. The park was recently recognized for being accessible and enjoyable for … 0

Editorial: Keep increasing composting

Friday, October 2, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the benefits of composting. Getting food waste, soiled paper plates, cups and napkins out of the stream that would otherwise be headed to some incinerator or landfill makes sound economic sense for any number of Franklin County communities. According to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, the cost of sending a community’s trash to either … 0

Editorial: Greenfield election on horizon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield’s voters will have a unique opportunity next month. On Nov. 3, residents head to the polls at Greenfield High School to essentially make over their local government. A change in the town’s charter has put every seat on every elected board before the voters this fall. Voters will be deciding who will make up the 13-seat Town Council, with residents picking the … 0

Editorial: State stepping in on teens, tanning booths

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Our state Legislature has a full menu to choose from in trying to serve the public interests here in Massachusetts. Looking out for the welfare of its citizens, however is tricky business. What may be the Legislature’s idea of watching out for the welfare of its constituents may … 0

Editorial: Clothing kids for cooler days ahead

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The weekend’s bright sunshine was accompanied by cooler temperatures, a subtle hint that the season is changing. And while October holds the promise of similar glorious days in the sun, the fact remains that people are putting away the shorts and summer wear for apparel better suited for … 0

Editorial: Battle of bands turns to battle of words

Monday, September 28, 2015

Down at the Three County Fair in Northampton, and in social media comments ricocheting around the globe, people got passionate about “sultry.” That’s the word a female judge wrote on a comment form — actually, it was “use the sultry” — after a Sept. 5 performance by three … 0

Editorial: In keeping with Church Street Home’s mission

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It seems quite appropriate that while the Church Street Home in Greenfield may no longer be providing independent senior women physically with a place to call home, it will continue … 0

Editorial: Crashes call for caution, info

Friday, September 25, 2015

Monday morning’s tractor-trailer tanker crash was horrific by just about any measurement. The driver of the truck, a 58-year-old Billerica man, from descriptions of the scene and what emergency personnel had to say, is lucky to be alive. Having crashed down an embankment, he was stuck in the … 0

Editorial: Municipal power plan's denial shocking

Thursday, September 24, 2015

What is it about western Massachusetts and electrical power? Electrical rates are deeply embedded in the fight over the proposed natural gas pipeline through a number of Franklin County communities. It was last winter’s spike in electric bills that prompted the latest call by utilities for greater gas … 3

Editorial: Family farms grow in significance

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

You don’t have to convince us about the role family farms play in Massachusetts. Agriculture, after all, is woven through the hills and valleys of western and central Massachusetts. It’s an integral part of life here, whether we’re talking about a farm that is generations old or a … 0

Editorial: Health care reform far from finished

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Back when the state Legislature and then-Gov. Mitt Romney were devising a plan for health care in Massachusetts, the idea was to address two components: to see that everyone was covered and to slow skyrocketing costs. What was put together here, as the public has seen since 2006, … 0

Editorial: Needle exchange might be of use

Monday, September 21, 2015

Greenfield, we have a drug problem. The heroin and opioid epidemic continues to make inroads here and up and down the Northeast and elsewhere in the country, even as health officials, law enforcement and local and state governments develop strategies and marshal forces to turn the tide. The … 0

Editorial: Yankee Candles’ overseas plans

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We would like to think that the news that Yankee Candle is planning to build a factory in Europe is a good thing. But it’s also understandable, in this day … 1