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Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New England in rooting on the Patriots, just as the Pacific Northwest will undoubtedly be cheering on the Seattle Seahawks. It must be … 0

Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of a blizzard were correct for some parts of New England and the Northeast. Southern New … 0

Editorial: An early challenge for Gov. Baker

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has determined that the budget deficit Massachusetts faces today stands at $765 million. That there was a budget deficit isn’t exactly news. Former Gov. Deval Patrick let the state know back before the November election that the commonwealth was running in the red, thus … 0

Editorial: Free to move the nation forward

Monday, January 26, 2015

Two more years with no elections ... can be freeing. During the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama broached the subject when he said, “I have no more campaigns to run,” it was met by applause … 0

Editorial: Kennametal growth good news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re always looking for good economic development news such as the kind recently issued by Kennametal in Greenfield. The manufacturer of cutting tools for all types of industries has already … 0

Editorial: Moving Millers Falls forward

Friday, January 23, 2015

Millers Falls has had a long history, not only as one of the five villages of Montague but also with the neighboring communities of Erving and Wendell. At one point, the village was a center of activity, a busy community. Commerce included grocery and drug stores, places to … 0

Editorial: Lessons from plastic ban effort

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Proponents of a sweeping plastics ban for Greenfield have apparently eschewed trying to change how residents think through education, choosing instead to try to push through their particular vision in the form of mandated prohibitions. But in their drive to make Greenfield the epicenter for a plastics ban, … 0

Editorial: Higher ed talk we should be having

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It’s clear that President Barack Obama understands the importance education plays in the lives of Americans and in the future of this nation. That understanding can be seen in his recent proposal for providing a tuition-free education at community colleges across the country. As we have seen locally … 0

Editorial: Distracted drivers pose threat

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We’ve all had the experience of watching someone whizz by in the passing lane while busy talking on a cell phone pressed to one ear. And perhaps we’ve even had to quickly step back at an intersection to … 0

Editorial: Charlie Hebdo’s message

Monday, January 19, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring — you guessed it — a cartoon of the Prophet … 0

Editorial: Much to learn from Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored today with the federal holiday marking his birth. But … 0

Editorial: School Choice dilemma

Friday, January 16, 2015

When School Choice became a reality in Franklin County, as a number of other districts were struggling, Deerfield Elementary School became one of the sought-after landing spots for students and their parents. Seemingly, School Choice provided a win-win for both the school and those families looking to join … 0