Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand ... Their love for reading and life … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of a blizzard were correct for some parts of New England and the Northeast. Southern New … 0

Editorial: An early challenge for Gov. Baker

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has determined that the budget deficit Massachusetts faces today stands at $765 million. That there was a budget deficit isn’t exactly news. Former Gov. Deval Patrick let the state know back before the November election that the commonwealth was running in the red, thus the reason for his cutting the budget by some $198 million. But it hasn’t been … 0

Editorial: A misstep on the world stage

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Failing to send someone of adequate stature to the massive rally in Paris last Sunday following last week’s terrorist attacks was a serious misstep by the Obama administration. To be sure, the president has now recognized that, saying … 0

Editorial: CPR use hits close to home

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We were reminded once again the other day of the thin line that can exist between life and death — even in ordinary circumstances. Lost in the terrible news from Paris and Nigeria was another, more prosaic but still striking example of how knowledge and skill and calm … 1

Editorial: Sen. Rosenberg at the helm

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stan Rosenberg has long been a voice of advocacy — in the Legislature and in politics — for western Massachusetts. His election as Senate president doesn’t — nor should it — change that. That’s not to say there won’t be conflicting priorities as he assumes the leadership role … 0

Editorial: Value with body cameras

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The recent Recorder story examining the testing of body cameras by the Gill Police Department raised interesting questions of privacy as well as the need for the officers wearing such … 0

Editorial: The flow of downtown Greenfield

Friday, January 9, 2015

Communities are used to a certain amount of surge and ebb of businesses in their downtowns. New stores arrive, old businesses depart. People notice the storefronts that are inventive or inviting. They pay attention to cleanliness and upkeep, both inside and outside the building. And, while empty storefronts … 1

Editorial: Republicans take congressional wheel

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Another session of the United States Congress has gotten underway — the 114th — with the Republicans in charge of both chambers. A new Senate majority leader, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, joins his counterpart in the House of Representatives, … 0

Editorial: Standing up to a tragedy in Paris

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Masked gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly newspaper in Paris this week, and fled after killing at least 12, 10 said to be from the publication’s staff and two police officers, with another dozen … 0

Editorial: A war ends quietly

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Our war in Afghanistan has officially come to an end. The post script, though, is far from written. We doubt that the United States, Afghanistan and the rest of the world could have envisioned how this story would unfold. The decision to send our military into that far … 0

Editorial: Brooke’s legacy of service

Monday, January 5, 2015

Given his resume, it is clear that Edward W. Brooke III, who died during the weekend, provided many footnotes to our illustrious political history. Brooke was the first black American to be elected to the United States Senate by popular vote (in past, Senators were elected by state … 0

Editorial: Slow wheels of justice for Greenfield

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A decision regarding the retail development of a piece of property off French King Highway seems no closer today than it did when a lawsuit blocking the Greenfield Planning Board’s … 0