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Editorial: School cooperation kudos

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

Competition between communities should never get in the way of sharing good ideas. We think this is particularly true when it comes to education. We’re glad to hear that Four Rivers Charter School has recently gotten together with Mohawk Trail Regional School and Greenfield High School to share some of what it does. Mohawk was looking into the senior expedition or capstone project, while Greenfield was developing an advisory program. In the end it’s all about helping students and we’re glad to see these bridges being built. This leads one to think that there might be even more areas of collaboration that make sense for all of the county’s high schools, both public and private.

Summer school art work

A tip of the hat to the students and teachers involved this summer with creating a mural at Federal Street School in Greenfield. The art depicts a pond and its life — both flora and fauna. Forty to 50 students were involved and the final result is something to see. Good job.

You snooze, you lose (the tax discount)

We understand how popular the idea of the tax-free weekend in Massachusetts has become for consumers. We also know that the weekend drives behavior, thus causing crowding at stores and long, hard hours for businesses. But what we don’t understand is people who somehow “missed” the state’s tax holiday and try to get a business to give them the discount anyway. What don’t people get about such an event, framed over a weekend? Either pay attention ... or pay the sales tax!

Policy making

It’s a good move on the part of Greenfield Community College to develop a policy concerning the use of medical marijuana on its campus, since no such policy now exists. With the state slowly moving toward a system that will create dispensaries and the ability for doctors to prescribe this substance, it makes sense to have a policy in place, whether it’s something the campus would allow — or to follow the path that the University of Massachusetts and other colleges have taken in continuing to ban marijuana use of any kind, prescription or not.

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