Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease of a seven-acre riverfront plot. The land … 0

Editorial: Hotels no answer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All this week, The Recorder has been detailing the incredible and incomprehensible actions of the Patrick Administration in placing scores of homeless families in hotels in Greenfield, Chicopee and other western Massachusetts communities. With little or no regard for where they come from, these families are being warehoused in facilities that are entirely unsuitable for their needs, at great expense, and with considerable … 0

Editorial: Stopping ‘lone wolves’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The scenario is becoming all too familiar: an unhappy, isolated mentally ill person decides to end their misery and strike out at those they perceive as their enemies. They obtain a weapon — usually a gun in this country — and launch an attack, killing or wounding innocent victims before either taking their own life or going down in a hail of police … 0

Editorial: Australians lead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A short story that moved on the AP wire Monday struck a chord that should resonate around a globe that is inundated with gloomy stories about bad things happening to good people. The setting was certainly typical of too many we’ve heard about lately. An Iranian born man … 0

Editorial: All aboard!

Monday, December 15, 2014

On. Nov. 23, 1846, the first train pulled into Greenfield, fresh from its trip from Northampton, and full of promise. The story in the local newspaper — an ancestor of this publication — reported that the phenomenon of a steam-powered vehicle was so unusual that a local dog, … 0

Editorial: State needs to put in more for Internet

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Finding the right way to make $5 million stretch seems almost counter-intuitive. After all, we’re talking $5 million. But when it’s the money available for those communities in Massachusetts that … 0

Editorial: Put brakes on state decal plan

Friday, December 12, 2014

Decals on vehicles tell people all sorts of things. They make it OK to park in specific areas, they let the driver use the town dump and they let people know about a connection to a particular school or college. Now there’s legislation making its way through the … 0

Editorial: Congress sells out public for more campaign cash

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Those brave enough to wade through the hundreds of pages of the $1.01 trillion congressional spending bill will find a lot of what is expected: taxpayer money aimed at the federal government and programs to keep things going … 0

Editorial: Details of our nightmare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s one of our worst nightmares. We’re talking about the contents of the more than 500-page summary of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s five-year investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture against terrorism suspects following the … 0

Editorial: A true believer in Greenfield

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When each telephone call began, the voice on the other end always started with “Barbara Tillmanns here ... .” The motivation for the call may have been based upon some incident, question or concern, but behind it all was a true love of Greenfield and a desire to … 0

Editorial: A day to make a difference

Monday, December 8, 2014

“What a difference a day made ...” If you’re of a particular age, you may recall Dinah Washington singing those words. This Wednesday, Franklin County residents can also make a difference by taking part in the Valley Gives campaign. For the third straight year, residents can help a … 0

Editorial: Getting the train station ready

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re getting closer to seeing passenger train service return to Greenfield with Amtrak’s “Vermonter.” The twice-a-day service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., is scheduled to start Monday, Dec. 29. … 0

Editorial: Moving the Shea forward

Friday, December 5, 2014

Admittedly, getting all interested parties on the same page when it comes to the operations of the Shea Theater in Montague is a challenge. But the various personalities and their differences can be overcome if there’s a starting place that one and all can agree upon. Thankfully, that … 0