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Editorial: Wise decision

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

Dateline Greenfield: We think the right move was made by a majority of members of the Town Council in deciding against putting a nonbinding referendum question about a split tax rate on the ballot this June. Although we can understand why some people believe that a different rate for residents and business is a good idea, they continue to come up short on hard facts as to why this would work best for Greenfield. And as some people said during the meeting last week, it’s not as if residents have been clamoring for this change. Since the council is expected to take up the issue again later in the year, it gives everyone a chance to do their homework and come to a discussion ready to present what they’ve found.

Dateline Greenfield: Congratulations to Kia Burton McLaughlin, a Greenfield Community College student, for being selected as one of 181 Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact, a coalition of roughly 1,200 presidents of colleges and universities around the country. Obviously, Burton McLaughlin, who was recently elected as the GCC Student Senate president, has been getting noticed for her involvement on campus and the community. And her nomination through GCC also caught the eye of others in the Campus Compact who decided on the awarding of this year’s recipients. When you think about how many students attend the colleges and universities, being tapped as one of the 181 Fellows is a pretty special deal.

Dateline Colrain: A tip of the community service cap to Duane Scranton who has decided that this term will be his last as a selectman, a position that he has held for 13 terms, which translates to almost 40 years. That kind of service says a lot about the feelings that Scranton has for Colrain and the town has for his service and leadership. He’s certainly seen plenty of changes, in the community as well as in what selectmen are asked to do, saying that “it’s become complicated because of all the regulations.” It’s clear that he’s leaving on his own terms and we suspect that even though he’s no longer going to be a selectman, Scranton will still be around to help the town when needed.

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