Editorial: Tax holiday about perceptions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation about opting out this year. After all, it’s more than a question of a short and sweet break for consumers. The sales … 0

Editorial: Olympic bid too risky a financial gamble

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to place a … 0

Editorial: Necessary 3-state response for jobs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ending the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s run as a power producer came with strings attached. Beyond the obvious concerns over the dismantling of the reactor and the on-site storage of nuclear materials, shuttering the plant means a significant economic hit to the region. Many well-paying jobs are lost. That loss is felt region wide through lower tax revenues. But it is also felt … 0

Editorial: Community shows its support of GCC

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The Greenfield Community College Foundation is obviously quite pleased with the results of this year’s annual fundraising campaign, and who wouldn’t be? Through contributions big and small, representing both businesses … 0

Editorial: Holding up public records reform

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group representing municipal officials is using scare tactics to water down or kill a much-needed reform to Massachusetts’ public records law. Lawmakers should see the lobbying effort for what it is — a crusade to put bureaucratic convenience ahead of the public’s right to know how their … 0

Editorial: Ed Porter put community first

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In stepping down as executive director of what is now the United Arc after almost 40 years, Ed Porter leaves some very big boots to fill. Sure, it’s hard to replace somebody who has been on the job for roughly four decades. But in Porter’s case, all these … 0

Editorial: Council smart to table action on plastics

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Greenfield Town Council’s decision to table a proposed ordinance banning plastics was a smart move. The decision provides the council critical time to look deeper into the proposal, which would ban plastic shopping bags, single-serve water bottles and plastic foam containers in Greenfield. Tabling the proposal means … 0

Editorial: PILOT proposal gives towns leverage

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What would you do with a million dollars? Sounds like a question straight out of a lottery game advertisement. But in the case of communities in Franklin County and around the state, it’s often wishful thinking. What could we do with another million dollars, especially with the demands … 0

Editorial: Inspiring work in Warwick

Monday, July 20, 2015

When we hear the story of the Warwick Volunteer Firemen’s Association and a new safety building, a number of words come quickly to mind. “Determination” is a word that pops up first. The association has been raising money to expand the existing firehouse built in 1952 for the … 0

Editorial: Purchase moves Whately forward

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Whately took a big step forward with its plans for the future in signing a purchase and sale agreement for the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building. While the purchase … 0

Editorial: Improving region’s bus service

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority wants public input regarding bus service for the county. Unlike the type of surveys that try to gauge how they’re doing, the FRTA is seeking comment on its Comprehensive Service Analysis draft, a blueprint for better service, which should help build … 0

Editorial: Healey’s welcome involvement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Less than a year into the job, Maura Healey continues to demonstrate that she has a grasp of a key component of serving as the attorney general for Massachusetts: representing its citizens. It’s this role that has drawn her into the changing energy picture here in the state … 0

Editorial: Putting a local face to terrorism

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alexander Ciccolo looks like just another 20-something living in western Massachusetts. As the public was reminded Monday, looks can be more than deceiving; they can hide thoughts that are deadly. Ciccolo’s appearance didn’t give away his desire to become the face of terror here in the United States … 0