Editorial: Poor planning
Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Greenfield: High School traffic
We’re not surprised that there are traffic problems on Silver Street as people drop off students at the high school. The issue of traffic and parking during the construction of the new high school seemed to have been something of an afterthought. And even with the school issuing instructions in a letter earlier this year, there should have been better coordination between the school and the police department. And since the construction of the new high school is supposed to last two years, traffic is going to be a continuing problem unless a better solution become available.
The region: Vote!
We have long advocated the importance of participating in your community’s affairs, because while the issues may not be grand, they do have an impact on one’s life. This especially means taking the time to vote. If you’re looking for an example of what it means, you need only look at a recent debt exclusion vote in Gill regarding the borrowing of money for a new truck to replace one that’s 23 years old. Seventy-seven residents turned out to vote — just 7 percent of all those living in Gill eligible to vote — and the question was defeated by just one vote. As Town Clerk Lynda Hodsdon Mayo said after the meeting, “I’ll bet there’s a lot of people thinking they could have made a difference if they showed up.” That is very true.
Colrain: Memorial Hall’s swan song
It appears that time has run out for Veterans Memorial Hall. The building was built in 1895 as a way to pay tribute to the Civil War veterans and to provide them and other groups with a “home.” Over the years, the building, with its stage and auditorium, was the setting for all kinds of meetings and activities in the community. But time has taken its toll and despite efforts to find a buyer or renovate or repair the building, it’s reached the point where the town has no choice. Demolition is expected to take place this week. While no one can say the community didn’t try to save the building, there’s a certain sadness to seeing a part of town history disappear.
The region: Buses needed
We agree with Tina Cote, the administrator for the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, that a coordinated effort involving the FRTA and groups like the Greenfield Human Rights Commission and Transportation Justice for Franklin County is the right approach. And we think the aim of that effort is simple: More federal and state funding so that there is increased service, including buses running on evenings and weekends.