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Editorial: As promised, an independent energy study

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs just as it had this past winter. Berkshire Gas, the … 0

Editorial: Probe casts pall on district

Monday, November 23, 2015

Anytime an arm of the federal government steps in to investigate a local matter, it can’t be good. That’s not to say the FBI probe of how federal money for Greenfield school meals was handled will turn up wrongdoing of any kind. But until the public knows the results of the inquiry, it casts an unwanted pall on the district. And it’s not … 0

West Nile in WMass

Sunday, November 22, 2015

W e doubt many people are eager to spray pesticides around Greenfield to lower the risk of serious mosquito-spread diseases like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Nonetheless, it was comforting to see the Greenfield Board of Health this week at least opening discussions about what can be done to monitor and possibly head off the diseases, which apparently have spread to … 0

Editorial: Let courts, not doctors, rule on involuntary confinement

Friday, November 20, 2015

Since his election as governor, Charlie Baker has been out front in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Clearly, Baker understands the far-reaching impact on public health and well-being in Massachusetts that this addiction crisis has created. The governor is cognizant, too, that there is no single solution … 0

Editorial: State steps up for Discovery Center

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Running the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls was a model of cooperation between levels of government — local, state and federal. That changed when the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service pulled out earlier this fall because the money wasn’t there to continue to pay for the … 0

Editorial: Refuge plan follows Conte’s vision

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Federal officials this week finished a three-month public review of a comprehensive conservation plan to guide management of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge during the next 15 years. The period for public comment ended Monday, and we hope that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife … 0

Editorial: Attacks will not extinguish liberty’s light

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The murderous and coordinated attacks in Paris Friday night under the Islamic State banner sought to plunge the City of Light into darkness, and allow sorrow and fear to immobilize not only France but every nation. The carnage … 0

Editorial: Answering a child’s questions concerns about Paris attacks

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The attacks in Paris were only hours old when one Pioneer Valley father got this question from his 8-year-old son: “What’s a terrorist?” Then came the follow-up: “What do they want?” This parent admits he struggled with both … 0

Editorial: Caffeine in peanut butter hard for Schumer to swallow

Monday, November 16, 2015

Passion for peanut butter — a dietary staple that begins at childhood and can continue into adulthood — runs high. Americans are particular about brands, the style (smooth or chunky) and, of course, how we eat it — as part of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, by … 0

Editorial: GCC keeps proving its worth

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Greenfield Community College just keeps on collecting the accolades. One of the latest comes from the state for the school’s commitment to providing workforce training opportunities for adults. Specifically, the kudos … 0

Editorial: Education right direction on plastics

Friday, November 13, 2015

Although Greenfield voters decided not to endorse two of the three nonbinding ballot questions on proposals to ban different plastic items in town, several opportunities remain to better the community. And as we have said all along, it begins with education. That’s why we’re glad to hear at … 1

Editorial: A recipe for school food success

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Healthy food choices aren’t often the talk in the school lunch room or around the dinner table at home. No, if the conversation turns to school food, it’s usually about ingredients that can’t be identified or something that has captured a student’s heart, like French toast sticks and … 0

Editorial: Protest puts focus on rights, media

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Video featuring a University of Massachusetts-educated professor calling on students at the University of Missouri to use “muscle” to keep a photojournalist from covering a protest over racism went viral this week, and the initial impulse was for … 2