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Editorials

Editorial: A straightforward request

Friday, July 31, 2015

From where we sit, a request from Ford and Toyota dealership for a tax break is pretty straightforward. The owner wants to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reduce the amount of taxes paid to Greenfield over the next 10 years. Getting this municipal break would then let Robert Cartelli, owner of the Ford and Toyota of Greenfield, to apply for an even greater tax break from the state. As … 1

Editorial: Unsettling questions remain about fatal air crash

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of the Barnes Air National Guard Base says he hoped a report by the Air Combat … 0

Editorial: Tax holiday about perceptions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation about opting out this year. After all, it’s more than a question of a short … 0

Editorial: Healey’s welcome involvement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Less than a year into the job, Maura Healey continues to demonstrate that she has a grasp of a key component of serving as the attorney general for Massachusetts: representing its citizens. It’s this role that has drawn her into the changing energy picture here in the state … 0

Editorial: Putting a local face to terrorism

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alexander Ciccolo looks like just another 20-something living in western Massachusetts. As the public was reminded Monday, looks can be more than deceiving; they can hide thoughts that are deadly. Ciccolo’s appearance didn’t give away his desire to become the face of terror here in the United States … 0

Editorial: Curbing these fake calls for help

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Let’s define what “swatting” isn’t. It’s not a public prank or joke where everyone sees the humor. Instead, it’s becoming a growing and troubling trend that endangers unsuspecting victims, bystanders and the police or emergency personnel who respond to a call for help. Greenfield was one of the … 0

Editorial: An epidemic’s grim reminders

Monday, July 13, 2015

Franklin County was provided a grim reminder recently of heroin’s grip. Three more deaths in the last couple of weeks in Greenfield are being attributed to heroin overdoses. These latest deaths prompted Linda Sarage, director of the RECOVER Project, an effort where recovery from addiction is peer driven, … 0

Editorial: Providing children with some summer fun

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: For a child, especially those of school age, summer is supposed to be a joyous occasion — a time to get outside, play, swim and have fun. But circumstances, like … 0

Editorial: Don’t harm students with standardized tests

Friday, July 10, 2015

The teachers, students and parents who have packed hearing rooms to call for a reduction in standardized testing make a compelling case. Putting too much emphasis on test results, they say, squelches creativity in the classroom, ignores the individuality of students and punishes districts with a large percentage … 0

Editorial: Bicycle tourism can help power our economy

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Many residents of the Pioneer Valley and the rest of western Massachusetts recognize that the region’s economic health isn’t a single lane. Rather, it’s a number of different routes combining to move the region forward. And bicycle tourism is seen as a significant cog in the region’s economic … 0

Editorial: Cosby testimony clears the haze

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The allegations of sexual assault surrounding Bill Cosby were obscured by the haze of time. The events took place so many years, if not decades, ago. And one of Shelburne’s most famous residents was steadfast in his denials. … 0

Editorial: Let’s fix Nashs Mill Bridge

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summertime, that paradoxical time for motorists in New England. The season is an invitation to head out on the highways and byways, whether it’s a trip to Cape Cod, Hampton Beach or some other coastline destination or northern climes with the lakes, forests and mountains. It’s also the … 0

Editorial: Improving voter registration

Monday, July 6, 2015

Over the course of this year’s annual town meeting season, many Franklin County residents once again experienced our version of grass-roots democracy and the power of the ballot box. The vote is a powerful tool for making decisions that influence the shape of our government as well as … 0