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Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk

Friday, February 5, 2016

The air certainly hasn’t cleared regarding a switch to wood pellet boilers at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Both proponents of the proposal that would switch the building’s heating system from propane-powered boilers to a pellet-fired system and opponents have made their cases looking at both the local picture and a broader one. Each side also attempts to stake out environmental/green turf in order to win the argument. And if the … 0

Editorial: Time to tackle fantasy sports industry

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Given how slowly the casino process moved in Massachusetts, we can’t say that we’re surprised that the Legislature isn’t fired up to tackle regulating the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry. Lawmakers here may be hedging their bets regarding such companies as DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, and competitor FanDuel. Other states are aggressively trying … 0

Editorial: Iowa just the beginning of long presidential race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The lesson from the first 2016 presidential voting at the Iowa caucuses Monday is that candidates now must run a marathon to win the nomination because there is no clear front-runner in either party. While attention will be focused for the next six days on New Hampshire, which holds its traditional first-in-the-nation primary … 0

Editorial: Her story’s one of inspiration

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In Franklin County and the North Quabbin area, there are plenty of people with amazing stories. Some of them are well known not just in the region but way beyond. Others and what they do may only be known of by those who come into more immediate contact, … 0

Editorial: More than a new library

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Greenfield Public Library Building Committee has come up with a grand vision for a new library. It’s one, no doubt, that it expects will serve the community as well as, or better than, its current building, the historic Leavitt-Hovey House. And the public can appreciate the apparent … 0

Editorial: Senate should take cell phones from drivers’ hands

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Distracted driving comes in many forms, but one of the most prevalent involves the cell phone. Who hasn’t witnessed some driver, head down and eyes not on the road ahead, glancing at a phone screen? Perhaps you’ve been … 0

Editorial: Uncertain future for Heath Elementary

Monday, January 18, 2016

It looks like Heath will be the first district town to see significant changes as Mohawk Trail Regional School District wrestles with finding an equitable educational solution to rising costs and declining enrollment. Town and school officials have created the Heath Education Initiative Task Force to investigate the … 0

Editorial: A call for volunteers in Northfield

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We would like to think that there are enough Northfield residents who can give something back to their community by volunteering. As recently reported in The Recorder, a number of … 0

Editorial: Let’s embrace state’s food system plan

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Midwest may be the nation’s breadbasket, but Massachusetts seems ready to earn at least the nickname of picnic basket, with many Pioneer Valley treats inside. A comprehensive food system plan for the state, the first revision in more than 40 years, will get legislative attention this year. … 0

Editorial: DCR could get boost from public-private partnerships

Thursday, January 14, 2016

In green spaces across the Pioneer Valley, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) makes its presence felt. And while we welcome its new leader’s efforts to make private businesses a positive partner, we hope such steps are taken with the kind of care a public jewel … 1

Editorial: NCAA needs to do more about concussions

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In light of growing evidence that concussions can cause serious brain injuries in football players, the NCAA has publicized its ban on head-level hits on vulnerable athletes and its mandate that schools follow procedures for identifying and treating … 0

Editorial: Another try at accessory apartments

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

During the coming weeks, Greenfield will see if the accessory apartment proposal remains too hot to handle. We only need to go back to April of last year when the Planning Board withdrew the proposed ordinance in the face of a loud though small opposition concerned with what … 0

Editorial: New council, same old divisions

Monday, January 11, 2016

Less than a week into the new year with a new lineup, the Greenfield Town Council already is mirroring internal divisions of old. Having just ascended to the council presidency, Brickett Allis, the council’s longest serving member, handed out committee assignments, including chairmanships, to the other councilors. To … 1