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Editorial: Thanksgiving Day can serve up some hope

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Thanksgiving holiday means many things to many Americans. It’s a holiday steeped in history and traditions. The day has evolved over time to kick off the holiday season that stretches through December and comes to a conclusion on Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. Most important, it’s a day that is supposed to give us pause to think about how … 0

Editorial: As promised, an independent energy study

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs just as it … 0

Editorial: Probe casts pall on district

Monday, November 23, 2015

Anytime an arm of the federal government steps in to investigate a local matter, it can’t be good. That’s not to say the FBI probe of how federal money for Greenfield school meals was handled will turn up wrongdoing of any kind. But until the public knows the results of the inquiry, it casts an unwanted pall on the district. And it’s not … 0

Editorial: Protest puts focus on rights, media

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Video featuring a University of Massachusetts-educated professor calling on students at the University of Missouri to use “muscle” to keep a photojournalist from covering a protest over racism went viral this week, and the initial impulse was for … 2

Editorial: Putting Veterans Day into action

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Today, Veterans Day allows the nation to express its respect and gratitude to the men and women who served in the military. With its origin in Armistice Day, the day when the guns of the Great War, or … 0

Editorial: Don’t drop ball on public records update

Monday, November 9, 2015

Legislators are said to be still updating the state’s public records law, although its hard to say that there’s been any headway. For example, House Speaker Robert DeLeo promised that a bill would be ready by the end September and yet, it’s almost the middle of November and … 0

Editorial: A tale of two parking grants

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Brief thoughts on what’s making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: If Greenfield recently got bad news when it comes to additional parking, the same can’t be said of Montague. The town was recently awarded a MassWorks grant worth more than $352,000 to build a … 0

Editorial: Deserving recognition for these firefighters

Friday, November 6, 2015

Franklin County residents have a pretty good general sense of what a firefighter does. They are expected to respond to emergencies, like a fire or accident. If emergency medical response is part of their duties, then getting called out because someone has been injured or is suffering from … 0

Editorial: Rodney Hunt spurns Orange

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Promised a deepening of its relationship with Rodney Hunt that stretched back 175 years, Orange today finds such pledges hold no water. Instead, 200 employees of the water-control systems manufacturer are faced with the hard reality of hitting the unemployment line come the new year, after being told … 0

Editorial: That’s a wrap on Greenfield election

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Once the ballots are counted and the winners announced, there’s a certain abruptness to how local political campaigns come to an end. For candidates who spent months trying to persuade voters to share their vision and get behind them, there’s got to be relief that the election is … 0

Editorial: Greenfield in a pickle over parking

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Four times, Greenfield has applied for state money to help build its parking garage. Four times, the state has turned down Greenfield’s request. Clearly it’s time someone got a message. Unfortunately, it’s looking like Greenfield is the one that’s finally going to listen here. An understandably frustrated Mayor … 0

Editorial: A call for Greenfield to vote

Monday, November 2, 2015

Greenfield voters, today’s the day to make choices that will help shape your community’s future. At the polls today, Greenfield residents will be taking place in a number of firsts. It begins with using the first Tuesday in November for town and school elections. Previously, town and school … 0

Editorial: Weather’s roller coaster ride

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Remnants of Hurricane Patricia brought what we would call both the upside and downside of weather. First there was the torrential rain Wednesday evening and overnight, dumping plenty of rain … 0