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Editorials

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to the public. Using a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, PVMA will research the story of how, in 1835, … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have … 0

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) and whether this gas will be used to help meet the region’s energy needs or … 0

Editorial: Downtown watch a good idea

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A vibrant and active downtown is a prominent feature in making Greenfield a desirable place to visit, shop, live. Therefore, just as so many residents are happy to call the place “home,” it comes with other responsibilities. One way to handle such a responsibility for our community is … 0

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are … 0

Editorial: Obama’s plan to meet a threat

Monday, September 15, 2014

President Obama has provided the nation with his plan for addressing the threat posed by terrorists that go by the Islamic State, and it, thankfully, backs away from relying strictly on U.S. military force. “I have made it … 0

Editorial: Grand plans for Sweetheart, Lake House

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Ambitious and creative are a couple of words that come to mind regarding the plans that Mauricia Alvarez has for both the former Sweetheart Restaurant building in Shelburne Falls and the … 0

Editorial: Take action against hunger

Friday, September 12, 2014

Here’s something to know when thinking about hunger: 200,000-plus. That’s the number of residents in the four counties of western Massachusetts — Berkshire, Franklin, Hamden and Hampshire — who use food pantries or other food assistance programs. Breaking down those numbers even more, that’s 33,000 boys and girls … 0

Editorial: Candidates, voters have work to do

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The state’s Democrats and Republicans have now settled their inter-party contests, setting the stage for the general election. Forget the anemic turnout Tuesday; that was no surprise. But what’s at stake now is the direction that Massachusetts residents want their representatives to take next year and the year … 0

Editorial: History part of the vaccine picture

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We are just a couple of days from saying goodbye to this year’s edition of the Franklin County Fair. By all accounts the thousands and thousands of men, women and children who entered the fairground gates had a terrific time. The fair is indeed where friends and family … 0

Editorial: Punch that hits the NFL

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Professional football is a violent sport played by big and powerful athletes who are among the best at what they do. Fans admire — even celebrate — a player’s ability to withstand and hand out punishment. Outside the … 0

Editorial: Pardoning Nixon: a 40-year view

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Monday, 40 years ago, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford did what many Americans at the time thought was out of line: He pardoned his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon. At the time, Ford’s decision, coming just a month after Nixon had resigned in disgrace following the unfolding of … 0

Editorial: Rezoning Lunt a good idea

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Rezoning the former Lunt Silversmith property, as suggested by Greenfield Mayor William Martin, makes sense. The mayor is planning to ask the Town Council to change the property from “general … 0