Editorial: Best to all at Boston Marathon

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Good luck to all the runners at the Boston Marathon today. It’s a grueling 26.2 miles that calls for stamina and strength. And this year’s race, a year after the terrorist attacks, is bound to require emotional strength as well. We hope one and all are successful in crossing the finish line. … 0

Editorial: Don’t hide domestic abuse reports

Friday, April 18, 2014

In the past, we’ve supported making sure that when a domestic violence case gets into court, the judge has all the information necessary to make a decision that might bring an end to such abuse — including any pertinent facts from the accused’s past. In the continuing effort to provide greater protection for the victims of such abuse, however, there is now an … 0

Editorial: Hunger hits higher education

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Americans are becoming more and more aware of the increasing price tag associated with higher education. Much of the focus recently has been on the heavy albatross of debt that can hang around students’ necks once they earn their diploma. In recent weeks, though, there have been some disturbing stories published about another … 0

Editorial: Greenfield Y can use the help

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: For 125 years, the YMCA has been a fixture in the lives of Greenfield residents and others in Franklin County. Of course, the Y has come quite a way since those … 0

Editorial: Rowe can’t make a complete break

Friday, April 4, 2014

Now that the North Berkshire School Union has voted to allow Rowe to join its shared elementary school superintendency, the relationship with Mohawk Trail Regional School District should take on a more civil air. After all, supporters of this divorce, ending a decades-old relationship, think they’ve found a … 0

Editorial: A win for justice system

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The United States has long been a powerful world symbol of hope, freedom and justice. All of those elements came into play when Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was put on trial in a federal courtroom in New York. His trial stands in stark … 0

Editorial: Take time to learn more about autism

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What kind of data gets your attention? If we told you that in the past two years, one in 68 children in the United States, a 30 percent increase over previous numbers, are estimated to have a brain development disorder, chances are you might want to find out … 0

Editorial: A public health emergency

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick was correct in declaring a public health emergency over opioid use here in Massachusetts. As seen in numerous stories in The Recorder and other newspapers across the state, opiate use, as well as the criminal activities to support that addiction, has exploded in Massachusetts and … 0

Editorial: Overreaction on many levels

Monday, March 31, 2014

Given the recent violence and tragedies involving guns coming out of Florida, we can understand that lawmakers in Tallahassee would be constantly looking for ways to make their state safer ... while also keeping the Second Amendment in mind and protecting the rights of gun owners. But there’s … 1

Editorial: Helping hand for co-op in Orange

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The effort to see the North Quabbin Community Co-op grow in downtown Orange received a significant boost recently from the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. The trust and co-op have … 0

Editorial: Good forestry practices at work

Friday, March 28, 2014

Good forestry practices are a set of concepts that have been around for centuries — yet can still spark debate. We can’t say that it’s surprising that logging at the West Whately and Francis P. Ryan reservoirs in Whately, owned by the city of Northampton, has caused concern … 0

Editorial: Change at the top for BFMC

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We don’t know if six years is considered a long time to be the chief executive operator for a hospital, let alone a community hospital like Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Like so many jobs, there are all sorts of factors that come into play, both internally and externally, … 0

Editorial: Don’t raise the cap

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawmakers continue to wrestle with the idea of lifting the state’s cap on charter schools and allowing more to open. We urge them not to do it. Although there are children and communities where the creation of a public charter school might be beneficial in providing education, there … 0