Editorial: Reason to celebrate since 1776

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today we get to celebrate the Fourth of July, an observance that should be near and dear to every American. After all, it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, the document that helped light the fuse for the American Revolution and so much more in the creation of the United States … 0

Editorial: Baker sets right tone on opioid response

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker during his first six months in office has declared war on the scourge of opioid and opiate addiction in Massachusetts, and reducing the epidemic of related deaths is a top priority for his administration. The recommendations issued last week by the governor are a forward-looking, comprehensive blend of approaches, combining prevention, education, prescription monitoring reforms, increased access to treatment, and … 0

Editorial: Olympic allure comes with costs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Having Massachusetts serve as host for the Olympic games is truly alluring. Although many of the events would be centered in and around the immediate Boston area, Franklin County could be the site for whitewater slaloms in canoeing and kayaking. Boston 2024, the organization that is trying to bring the Olympics here thinks … 0

Editorial: Greenfield school meeting fails to pass public test

Monday, June 15, 2015

It was just painful to watch, even if you didn’t have a personal stake in the fight. The parents and teachers of the Greenfield Math and Science Academy attending last week’s Greenfield School Committee had a right to feel discouraged, disheartened, infuriated and disrespected — particularly by the … 0

Editorial: Championship weekend for TFHS

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: CAPS OFF to the girls and boys of Turners Falls. The fans of the Indians girls softball team and the boys baseball team were treated to a double dose of … 0

Editorial: Lost cause becomes creative opportunity

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s time to make lemonade. The small building at 188 Main St. in Greenfield, which most don’t realize is perched near the northern entrance of a railroad tunnel under Main Street, is about to be razed. The owner of the dilapidated building that once housed a nail salon … 1

Editorial: Trolley taking us forward with nod to history

Thursday, June 11, 2015

In this 21st-century age of instant gratification it’s nice to see that there are still some among us who are good for the long haul. There were those who had their doubts about the long-term prospects of a trolley museum in Shelburne Falls when a handful of railroad … 0

Editorial: Doctor shortage only getting worse

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The closing of West County Physicians in Shelburne next month has to be seen as unfortunate for those in the area who have relied on the practice to meet their medical needs. And it once again highlights some of the difficulties facing medical practices in rural areas as … 0

Editorial: Don’t create new vaccine exemption

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As recently seen in the Legislature, Massachusetts isn’t immune to the anti-vaccination movement. A bill seeking to allow an exemption for one’s personal beliefs about vaccinations had a hearing before the Committee on Education last week. If approved, personal belief would be added to the existing religious and … 0

Editorial: Find a balance for 'net metering'

Monday, June 8, 2015

Greenfield just recently celebrated its community Solar Challenge, signing up 58 households and businesses to install either roof- or ground-mounted installations. In doing so, and making a personal financial investment, the Solar Challenge’s participants did receive help to make the cost not only attractive but affordable. “Rebates and … 0

Editorial: Banners brighten downtown

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The banners displaying the art of Greenfield’s school-age children are a terrific addition to the downtown area. And we like that the town held a contest asking the students to … 0

Editorial: Improve public records access

Friday, June 5, 2015

Government officials in Massachusetts take justifiable pride in running a state many consider the birthplace of American liberty. But when residents, activists and journalists want to use public records to examine government operations, they often find themselves locked out. Northampton Rep. Peter V. Kocot and other public-spirited lawmakers … 0

Editorial: Investing in business, community

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A thriving and healthy community depends upon an active and energetic citizenry. That’s true whether talking about involvement in local government or volunteering with any of the many organizations or projects that look to make life better. Call this interest and participation an investment in the place we … 0