Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Dateline the state: As a new session of the state Legislure gets under way, it appears that lawmakers will once again have put together an ambitious agenda. How much of what they want to do actually will get done is another story. One of the areas that the state has to come up with a solution involves the state’s transportation infrastructure and how to pay for it. The administration of Gov. Patrick is supposed to weigh in with a financing report by today, one that could be looking at new revenue sources, including an increase in the state’s tax on gasoline. Tax increases are always a hard sale and it will be made even more difficult if you can’t clearly show taxpayers what their money is actually going to do, whether it’s the road and bridge repairs or improved public transportation options.
Dateline Warwick: Residents and neighbors are going to want to mark their calendars as the town prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary this year. While the actual anniversary isn’t until Feb. 17, there are a couple of events planned for Saturday, Jan. 12. This includes the Conservation Commission’s hike in the morning and then the Art Council’s annual soup supper with the appearance of area musical heroes Trailer Park. To find out more, a good place to start is the calendar on the town’s website, http://www.warwickma.org, and also The Recorder as events draw near.
Dateline the region: A tip of the cap to state Sen. Stan Rosenberg on receiving the honorary title of “dean of the Senate,” given by his fellow senators for having provided the longest continuous service as a state senator. We realize that people who choose elected public service sometimes get a bum rap for the years but we think that Rosenberg in serving in this capacity for 22 years has been a strong voice for western Massachusetts in the Legislature, one who has earned the respect of not only his colleagues but more important his constituents.