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Editorial: MBTA repairs issue for rest of state

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Western Massachusetts might normally pass over the travail of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. After all, the MBTA’s operations are Boston-centric, and the closest Franklin County residents get to actually using its service would be if someone used the Fitchburg station to catch a commuter train or drove to one of the outlying T stations. And while many of the region’s residents may never step on an MBTA commuter train … 0

Editorial: Adding to the Pioneer mix

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The possibility of adding high school students from New Hampshire to the mix at Pioneer Valley Regional School would indeed be a significant plus. The school and district would benefit both from an infusion of new students as well as a budgetary increase from tuition that would accompany the students. And it would provide Pioneer with growth that otherwise would not be possible. … 0

Editorial: Pipeline capacity just one outstanding question

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the debate rages over the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project, the public keeps coming back to a central question: Does the region require more pipeline capacity to fill its need for fuel? Or might the region be able to heat its homes and businesses with power from other, less intrusive sources? The natural gas industry has long complained that Massachusetts’ (and … 0

Editorial: The people behind Internet choices

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The efforts to bring faster Internet services to those communities now underserved or not served at all in the Franklin County continues to progress, slowly. Behind this work are many … 0

Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists … 2

Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, … 0

Editorial: Clean slate to a new school year

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The rock known as slate was commonly used instead of paper in schools during the Victorian age because it could be erased and used again and again. But “wiping the slate clean” took on a dual meaning for … 0

Editorial: Making more of a vision for Orange

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A vision for what the economic future holds for Orange is in the eye of the beholder. What residents see is colored by many factors, such as how long they have lived in town, their experience, personal interests and sense of community. In seeing Orange and economic revitalization, … 0

Editorial: Area’s Amtrak ridership holds promise but ...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are these trains — Amtrak’s Vermonter and other north-south service — bound for glory? If so, wishing won’t make it so — and it may be time for officials to stop salivating over the potential for economic development. Only patient and continued public investment in routes, schedules and … 0

Editorial: Take advantage of the waning summer

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We have now entered the last week of August, which is likely to have more than one person lamenting the passing of another summer. Our advice: get out and enjoy … 0

Editorial: Berkshire Gas should lift its moratorium

Friday, August 21, 2015

If you find yourself questioning the moratorium Berkshire Gas has in place forbidding new customers or expanded uses in parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Amherst, Deerfield, Greenfield and Hadley, you’re not alone. Only the most naive would accept at face value the company’s explanation that it … 1

Editorial: Shifting approach to heroin epidemic

Thursday, August 20, 2015

People on the front line of the addiction epidemic in the Pioneer Valley see the kind of destructive power heroin and painkillers have on the community. Individuals in the health field, social services and law enforcement also know that to overcome this deadly scourge, it’s going to take … 0

Editorial: Heath deserves better from state

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Heath has to date done what’s been expected of the community to make a new safety complex a reality. It applied for and received a state grant toward the long overdue project. The state government, however, has since withdrawn its $2 million grant, because of last-minute deficit-cutting. But … 0