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Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and beer cans. In the past three-plus decades, however, the single-serve beverage landscape has changed dramatically. Sports drinks, iced coffees and teas, vitamin … 0

Editorial: WIC change a good one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Of course, we don’t know if the state had much of a choice, given … 0

Editorial: More eyes on downtown

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Caught on camera.” That’s the phrase that best describes the reason for the installation by governments around the world of surveillance equipment to watch over public places. We shouldn’t be surprised then — or upset — that such cameras are now a part of Greenfield’s downtown. Quietly, with little fanfare, 14 such cameras have been installed in a number of spots where historically … 0

Editorial: GCC does it again

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Kudos, again, to the folks at Greenfield Community College. Franklin County’s only college was one of five community colleges, out of 1,200 nationwide, to be recognized for its continual pursuit … 0

Editorial: Fix the Secret Service

Friday, October 3, 2014

When you’re the chief of an important federal agency, and you’re thrust into the spotlight before Congress and country because of problems, you’d better have your act together. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who has headed agents who protect the president since March of 2013, couldn’t provide the … 0

Editorial: A rate shock for New England

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Most Franklin County residents are probably aware of the plans being made by at least one company, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., to bring a natural gas pipeline through our region. The public is being told that this pipeline is an effort to increase fuel availability here in New … 2

Editorial: Holder’s career a mixed bag

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There are several attributes you want from the person filling the job of Attorney General of the United States: legal smarts, moral standing and, yes, an interest in serving those citizens without power. After six years in the Obama administration, Eric Holder proved to have all of those … 0

Editorial: Fall fits perfect with New England

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We don’t remember such an incredible stretch of weather as we’ve seen over the last week or so. Sunshine and warmth, with nary a cloud floating in the blue sky. You couldn’t ask for any better weather just as autumn begins to pull out its pallette before painting … 0

Editorial: What’s the plan for western Mass.?

Monday, September 29, 2014

We have a little more than a month to go until the state’s general election, and the candidates for governor are all busy campaigning, trying to round up enough support to carry them to victory in November. As they stump around the state, the public is likely to … 1

Editorial: Charlemont window work

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The restoration of the stained glass windows at the Charlemont Federated Church is undoubtedly a source of pride for the congregation. The work brought back to life the Tiffany-style windows … 0

Editorial: Growing hunger crisis

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September is a month during which the public is supposed to be focusing greater awareness about hunger here in America. At its simplest, the issue of hunger here is driven by economics, too many citizens just don’t have enough money to buy food. It may be they don’t … 1

Editorial: Keep waterways a source of pride

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn arrived this week, which means that many people are beginning to think about fall cleanup. For the homeowner that generally means raking leaves or getting the house ready for the cold and snow. But there’s another cleanup today and Saturday, one that based upon another type of … 0

Editorial: Arts Block, Pushkin direction hits snag

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

News that the owner of the Arts Block and the Pushkin buildings in Greenfield, Edward Wierzbowski, has filed for bankruptcy protection was a development that wasn’t supposed to be in the cards ... not when you think about the progress toward revitalization downtown Greenfield has been making over … 0