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Editorial: Call for help with EMT shortage

Monday, May 4, 2015

Eighty square miles, about 2,050 people, narrow winding roads — and too few EMTs. That’s the bind that Charlemont, Rowe and Hawley find themselves in as the 21st century unfolds with all its mobile medical marvels. Because the three towns served by Charlemont Ambulance Service can’t muster enough volunteer EMTs to answer more than 40 percent of its calls, the service is in jeopardy of losing state certification. That would … 0

Editorial: House has to keep eye on SNAP

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re sorry to see the state House of Representatives did not act on a proposed amendment aimed at solving some recent problems with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. We understand that the lawmakers decided to defer to the Gov. … 0

Editorial: Gay marriage ruling about kids, too

Friday, May 1, 2015

The gay marriage cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court make the clearest argument yet that the right to marry should be extended coast to coast. Why? It’s not just about adults and their rights; it’s about the kids. In a case that promises to be a turning point in American law and society, Michigan nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are arguing … 0

Editorial: This year’s House budget entry

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The House’s state budget proposal giveth and taketh away. For Franklin County communities, this means restoring money for regional school busing to cover approximately 70 percent of the cost. Also, … 0

Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, … 0

Editorial: Lessons await with school budget

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deciding how much to increase spending for Greenfield’s public schools should be an interesting learning experience this year. The town’s new superintendent, Jordana Harper, with her School Committee’s almost unanimous support, has asked the Town Council for a $1 million increase. But Mayor William Martin, the lone dissenting … 0

Editorial: Gov. Baker takes aim at regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A badge of honor or an unnecessary constraint? When the question involves state regulations that are tougher than corresponding federal rules, the answer depends on how you view regulations to begin with. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, like many Republicans, isn’t a fan of regulation, especially if those regulations … 0

Editorial: Discarded needles more than a nuisance

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If the larger communities in Franklin County are seeing more syringes and needles discarded in parking lots, alleys and parks, it’s clearly, and sadly, a sign of the times. It’s a byproduct of the increased use of illegal drugs like heroin in our area, the potentially lethal litter … 0

Editorial: A nation changes in a blink of an eye

Monday, April 13, 2015

Through the lens of history, the course of a nation seemingly can change in a blink of an eye. For the last several years now, the U.S. has been observing the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. It began in 1861, on April 12, when Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, … 0

Editorial: McGovern right to push discussion

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: One of our two congressmen, James McGovern, wants Congress to have a discussion about U.S. military policy with regards to Iraq and the fight against the terrorists who call themselves … 0

Editorial: Tackling homelessness on many levels

Friday, April 10, 2015

No one sets out to become homeless. But there are a number of circumstances — from losing a job, to an incident like a fire that destroys a home, to a personal crisis — that can put an individual or family out on the street at seemingly a … 0

Editorial: Ending ‘rape culture’ on campus

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The news that Rolling Stone magazine had retracted its article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity prompted some skeptics to assert that we’ve all been fooled again. “Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax,” Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan … 1

Editorial: Tight library lends itself to tough choices

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Greenfield Public Library’s staff is in a tight spot, quite literally. Housed in an antique house designed by colonial America’s first architect, Asher Benjamin, the library has about 11,000 square feet of floor space for a community that 21st-century standards suggest requires nearly three times the space. In … 0