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Editorial: Mohawk’s dealing with 3 Cs

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A midterm report card of sorts for Mohawk Trail Regional School District came in recently that has residents talking about three Cs — as in China, Charter and Choice. Even if you’re grading on a curve, these marks are the kind that are troubling given their financial implications for the district. China played into Superintendent Michael Buoniconti’s attempts to find additional revenue that would relieve monetary pressure on the district. … 0

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get permits and permissions. This time it was U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts’ junior senator, who … 2

Editorial: Rattlesnakes have a place in Mass.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since Colonial times, it’s been people versus timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts. Today, as the state moves anew to preserve this endangered species in the face of public opposition, it’s science versus emotion. At a forum Feb. 23 in Orange, wildlife officials will work to explain their modest plan to place one to 10 … 0

Editorial: Safety complex plan: more questions than answers

Monday, February 8, 2016

Greenfield residents should be glad to hear the municipality is working on plans for a safety complex — especially in light of the public library’s expansion plans. But before anyone gets too excited, it would pay to listen closely to what Mayor William Martin is saying: “There are … 0

Editorial: Valentine’s Day effort deserves praise

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to those involved in the Love Letters, an initiative of LifePath or what was formerly known as Franklin County Home Care. What’s being done here … 0

Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Friday, February 5, 2016

The air certainly hasn’t cleared regarding a switch to wood pellet boilers at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Both proponents of the proposal that would switch the building’s heating system from propane-powered boilers to a pellet-fired system and opponents have made their cases looking at both the local picture … 2

Editorial: Time to tackle fantasy sports industry

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Given how slowly the casino process moved in Massachusetts, we can’t say that we’re surprised that the Legislature isn’t fired up to tackle regulating the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry. Lawmakers here may be hedging their bets regarding … 0

Editorial: Iowa just the beginning of long presidential race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The lesson from the first 2016 presidential voting at the Iowa caucuses Monday is that candidates now must run a marathon to win the nomination because there is no clear front-runner in either party. While attention will be … 0

Editorial: Strong open records bill emerges from Senate

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Understanding government and being actively engaged as a citizen are dependent upon an ability to get information. That’s why a strong open records law is a critical tool in keeping citizens informed particularly on how government performs the people’s business. In Massachusetts, however, people inside and outside of … 0

Editorial: Get the help in preventing diabetes

Monday, February 1, 2016

Benjamin Franklin — yes that Benjamin Franklin — has been credited with a number of axioms that have survived the test of time. One in particular, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” comes to mind when discussing diabetes, where the disease can be deterred … 0

Editorial: A new treasure trove in Deerfield

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The excitement that employees at Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association felt over their newest acquisitions was palpable in The Recorder’s story last week. The organizations were able to … 0

Editorial: A test for South County EMS

Friday, January 29, 2016

Back in 2012, when the idea of a regional ambulance service for the South County towns of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately was broached, Bruce Baxter, the consultant hired to look into such a service, said the three-town plan could work if it was allowed to do so. “It … 0

Editorial: Innovative church service in Orange

Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is a proverb that has been around for centuries, with an appearance in ancient Greece in Plato’s “Republic.” Applications in life have been around for centuries, too, though one of the latest … 0