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Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why we find the recent development affecting 50,000 … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and scrambling for a proper response. But the answer, despite the sorrow and outrage these killings … 0

Editorial: Making it all first class

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you happened to join the other local people who toured Greenfield’s new high school Saturday, you probably agree that what’s been completed so far is fabulous. From modern classrooms that provide the right kind of wiring for today’s technology and the changing tools that teachers and students use, to loads of natural light for a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, it’s a … 0

Editorial: It’s the Republicans’ turn

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The nation’s midterm election was decidedly unkind to the Democrats. Voters, frustrated with the president, Congress, the economy, taxes, international affairs, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, the Affordable Care Act ... you name it, decided that Democrats, incumbent or not, should pay the price. Across the country, Republicans candidates … 0

Editorial: Baker and the job ahead

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Republican Charlie Baker may have had to wait until Wednesday morning to officially proclaim victory, but in the end, we’re sure he didn’t mind. After all, he’s now set to be inaugurated as the 72nd governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, beating Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in … 0

Editorial: What’s going on with oil?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Some time ago, we decided to give up trying to understand the rhyme and reason of oil pricing. It’s not that we don’t comprehend supply and demand as a fundamental concept of a market economy — or what speculative trading on the futures market means to the price, … 0

Editorial: Add your voice and vote

Monday, November 3, 2014

As far as our elections go, Americans have it pretty easy. We have no worries about violent attacks as we head to the polls. The results won’t be so overwhelmingly one-sided to demonstrate a crooked deal cooked up by those in power. In fact, at times it seems … 0

Editorial: Any choice tied to finances

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad to hear that the effort to find a solution that works for the former First National Bank building on Bank Row in Greenfield is underway. Just as important, however, … 0

Editorial: It’s not art in the parks

Friday, October 31, 2014

Art can be provocative and challenging, leading to all kinds of emotions in the eye of the beholder. However, when she began using our national parks as a canvas, the graffiti artist who goes by “Creepytings” not only brought public attention to her art but in doing so … 0

Editorial: Taking on domestic violence

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Recorder series that has run this week has focused attention on domestic violence and recently passed laws addressing the issue, as well as area efforts to confront this abusive behavior. It’s not an easy problem to solve nor a subject we find pleasant to report upon. Yet … 0

Editorial: Make Coakley next governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Politically, Massachusetts is a much more complex place than the usual labels would have you believe. Sure, the state is seen as deeply blue, one of the nation’s Democratic strongholds. And it’s true that Democrats comfortably control both the House and Senate up on Beacon Hill. And the … 0

Editorial: Free speech? Hardly

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If anyone needed convincing that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision equating corporations with individuals when it comes to political speech was a true mistake, this campaign season’s advertising reinforces just how terrible it has all become. In … 0

Editorial: Q 4 too far a reach

Monday, October 27, 2014

Massachusetts voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether the state should join two others in the country — Connecticut and California — in creating a sick time law. Ballot Question 4 seems straightforward in what it requires: Businesses with 11 or more employees will be eligible for earned … 0