Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as the new hometown for those now living in motels in what is supposed to be transitional housing. While the previous administration tried … 0

Editorial: Tied up in the courts

Monday, March 2, 2015

If anyone was ever seeking a real-life definition for the term “tied up in the courts,” they can turn to case involving the proposed retail development off the French King Highway. Greenfield is now into its fourth year waiting for a resolution of the case — one way or another — with little, if any, light on the horizon. Yes, there was a … 0

Editorial: Several benefits to sharing Olympics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We appreciate U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s thoughts about the chance that western Massachusetts could get a piece of the action should Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics Summer Games come to fruition. Neal, who joined others from the state’s congressional delegation in talks with the … 0

Editorial: A small act that makes sense

Monday, February 16, 2015

If the world is going to have a chance to alter the course of climate change, we suspect it’s going to take more than one approach. And while nations of the world wrestle with their role — jointly and separately — it will require people to make individual … 0

Editorial: Lot use headed in right direction

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Given that the Villa DiMaio Restaurant burned down a little more than 14 years ago, it’s good to learn that the town of Whately is trying to find a good … 1

Editorial: Valentine’s Day not so simple

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine’s Day has arrived: A day devoted to the idea of romance and expressions of love ... heart-shaped cards, something sweet for the sweet or some other symbols of our feelings for a special person in our life. … 0

Editorial: TV anchors make news

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This turned out to be quite the week for television anchors. NBC News suspended Brian Williams, its chief anchor and managing editor, for six months without pay following the revelation that his story of being aboard a helicopter … 0

Editorial: Alabama showing poor judgment

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What do we make of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his order to state officials to defy a federal ruling and prohibit the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Well, he’s a poster boy for judicial activism, as well as the latest in a long line … 1

Editorial: We’re getting treated to a real snow show

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Silently falling snow, most people will admit, is one of nature’s more beautiful spectacles. If you have the luxury of getting to watch it from a window, from a room in which you’re warm and cozy, the snow … 0

Editorial: Quite the line on train tickets

Monday, February 9, 2015

“Ticket? Ticket? Anybody got a ticket?” If you thought we were referring to a scalper at a Boston Red Sox game or someone trying to get into see a concert at some music venue, you would be wrong. We’re actually talking about purchasing tickets for Amtrak’s Vermonter service … 0

Editorial: Union 28 pick knows the district

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Brief thoughts on the events making news from around Franklin County and the Quabbin area: The towns of Erving, Leverett, Shutesbury, New Salem and Wendell should soon be welcoming a new superintendent for their Union 28 elementary schools. Last week the Joint Supervisory Committee interviewed the two finalists … 0

Editorial: Parts of Obama budget should not be ignored

Friday, February 6, 2015

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget is ambitious in what it wants the federal government to take on. But shouldn’t that be exactly what the President of the United States be proposing? After all, he must weigh both the present and the future in what he sees for the … 0

Editorial: Politicizing vaccines a sick act

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Some things that should never be mixed together: bleach and ammonia, drinking and driving, even, say many people, business and pleasure. We can add to that list: politicians and public health. In recent weeks it’s become clear that … 0