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Editorial: The people behind Internet choices

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The efforts to bring faster Internet services to those communities now underserved or not served at all in the Franklin County continues to progress, slowly. Behind this work are many residents in the individual towns who are digging deeper into the information and possible options with the goal of finding the right … 0

Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — … 2

Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, restaurants, tourist sights and other services — that help power the community seem poised to … 0

Editorial: The attack on Planned Parenthood

Friday, August 14, 2015

The recent attempt in the United States Senate to defund Planned Parenthood, failing though it did, is likely to be just a pause in the action. The fight over abortion, it seems, will never end. While the battle lines in the ongoing fight over a legal medical procedure … 0

Editorial: Warwick gun ban

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Think of Warwick nestled in the North Quabbin area, and its rugged natural landscape comes to mind, as does its village center with historic buildings and town common. But who would think of Warwick as the setting for debate and concern over concealed firearms in town government meetings? … 0

Editorial: Celebrate community health centers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When it comes to health care access, we’re in the midst of a week worth noting and celebrating. Officially, this week is National Health Center Week, a time set aside to focus the public’s attention on community health centers and their role in providing Americans, particularly the poor, … 0

Editorial: Extend pipeline comment deadline

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

If you’re a western Massachusetts resident wanting straightforward answers about the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline, chances are you’re feeling overwhelmed. You’re not alone. That’s why federal regulators should heed a call from state officials, town leaders and ordinary citizens to give everyone more time to think through … 1

Editorial: Secure Social Security’s financial future

Monday, August 10, 2015

Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday not with cake and balloons, but with a looming financial crunch. President Obama, members of Congress and candidates in the 2016 race should give the nation a gift by taking the … 0

Editorial: Expanding cell phone coverage will take more calls

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We suspect it’s going to take more than just a citizens’ petition to get Verizon Wireless to install additional equipment to improve cell service reception in Charlemont. Right now, those … 0

Editorial: HitchBOT’s journey: from whimsy to brutality

Friday, August 7, 2015

HitchBOT, we hardly knew you. A mere 300 miles or so into what was supposed to be a grand American adventure, the hitchhiking robot’s travels came to a tragic end on a street in Philadelphia, two weeks after heading out from our own Marblehead, Mass. Created through a … 0

Editorial: Food and backpacks for our young people

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The actions of a community reveal what’s under the surface. In the case of Franklin County, one doesn’t have to look very far to see the connections residents have with the place and their neighbors. Two charitable efforts are now underway that look to make a difference, particularly … 0

Editorial: UMass should pass along budget victory to students

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

When the state Legislature overrode Gov. Charlie Baker’s $5.2 million budget veto for the University of Massachusetts last week, Marty Meehan declared it a “victory for the students, faculty and staff.” Well, sort of. Nowhere in his public comments following the move by lawmakers did the new UMass … 0

Editorial: French King retail project hits a side track

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

For four years and counting, the proposed retail development off French King Highway in Greenfield has been traveling the tracks of Massachusetts’ legal system. Accepting the fact that justice cannot be rushed, this case has demonstrated that not only do the legal wheels turn slowly; the journey involves … 0