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Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts’ maiden foray into the world of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries has been anything but smooth. Chalk it up to either state officials being completely caught off-guard when voters passed the ballot initiative calling for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes or that, once again, state officials felt the need to re-invent the wheel instead of using someone else’s blueprint when it came to how to get such operations up and running. It’s not as if no other states offer some kind of model for Massachusetts to use or even completely duplicate. But the ongoing bumps in the road with this process don’t just … 1

Editorial: A growing black eye in Ferguson

Monday, August 18, 2014

As events have continued to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., little good has transpired — in fact, things just keep getting worse and worse. From the moment black 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer — six times according to an autopsy released this week — bad decisions have helped fuel … 0

Editorial: Hospital project moved forward

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and North Quabbin area: We’re glad to hear that Baystate Franklin Medical Center has gotten the necessary approval from the Massachusetts Public Health Council to move forward on a plan to replace and renovate its operating rooms. When the project is finished, it will mean that the hospital — and … 0

Editorial: Love thy neighbor?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Religious freedom was a core tenet of the creation of the United States. Despite the fact that the early settlers of New England — the Puritans — did not practice tolerance in their first years here, the men who crafted the Constitution were imbued with the principles of … 0

Editorial: Kudos to Sen. Stan Rosenberg

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We applaud state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, for his courage in refusing to jump on the current anti-pipeline bandwagon, as so many of his peers have done. Rosenberg has not … 1

Editorial: Casino catastrophe

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is anybody in the common-wealth paying attention to what’s going on down in Atlantic City, N.J.? Back in 1976, when the first casino was built in the famous boardwalk city, developers told officials that they’d hit solid gold. And at first, it seemed to be true. Tens of … 2

Editorial: Patriotic psychopaths?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The other day, President Obama delivered a stinging rebuke to the steadily increasing number of U.S. companies that are avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as “inversions.” Without much hope of a response, he called on Congress to pass laws to curb … 1

Editorial: How best to kill someone

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The recent, prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate has raised, once again, the question of how best to kill a human being condemned by his or her state’s court system. First of all, let us reiterate our own position on the death penalty. We don’t believe, … 0

Editorial: Thanks, TSA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Any American who flies regularly knows what a pain it is to take off their shoes and belts, open their bags, get rid of “sharps” and large liquid containers. Even water bottles, for heaven’s sakes! But... we also know that the Transportation Safety Administration — those TSA minions … 0

Editorial: Keeping us safe

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It’s a war, but there are no bugles, no banners, no medals for bravery. In countless hospitals and clinics around the world, doctors, nurses and their staffs are battling disease, struggling to bring decent health care to people who may lack even basic requirements for daily living. Malaria, … 0

Editorial: Keeping a crew close by

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the event making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad that as Western Massachusetts Electric Co. closes down its service center in Greenfield, it will be keeping six of its 20 employees close by. While the rest of … 0

Editorial: GHS construction milestone

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday is set to become a milestone for Greenfield. It’s the day that the first phase of construction for the new high school will be over. On that day, the Dore and Whittier, the project’s architectural firm, will turn the new building over to the town. It has … 0

Editorial: Debt dispute gets out of hand

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was supposed to be a routine matter — a dispute over a repair bill that landed in small claims court. What was unexpected was that an individual in the case wound up being sentenced to 30 days in jail because he couldn’t pay $508 — an outcome … 0