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Editorials

Editorial: Diner pays price for sexual harassment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Though it went out of business Monday, the Route 9 Diner in Hadley still has something to teach the restaurant trade: If you subject workers to sexual harassment, you’ll pay a price. That’s the message restaurant managers anywhere should take from the state attorney general’s decision to go after the diner for not halting what the office calls a decade in which women working there endured sexual remarks, groping, threats, … 0

Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ purpose is clear: “The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; to oversee the energy facilities siting process; and to ensure that residential ratepayers’ rights are protected.” That all pretty … 1

Editorial: Quick replacement should move Greenfield forward

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Greenfield moved quickly to replace Robert Pyers as economic development director after he was placed on paid administrative leave in January and subsequently retired in early February. Larry Jutras, the owner of Lake Hitchcock Development, will be working part-time until June 30, the end of the … 0

Editorial: Their heads in the Florida sand

Monday, March 16, 2015

It’s nearly irresistible to compare Florida’s governor and his administration to the mythical ostrich — the bird that is said to bury its head in the sand to avoid unpleasant realities. After all, the Sunshine State is one … 1

Editorial: Regional approach to sewer plant makes sense

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We have to think that a regional approach to sewer systems has to make sense for Deerfield and Sunderland. Both towns are looking at what would be costly improvements to … 0

Editorial: Open door the best policy

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week, members of the Greenfield School Committee learned what we hope is a valuable lesson: to err on the side of openness. Adhering to that principle will, we think, save one and all from problems ranging from simple embarrassment to something much worse, such as getting caught … 0

Editorial: Still marching from Selma

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seeing thousands of Americans, representing different races, ages and backgrounds, march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on Sunday brought to mind how many steps have been taken since that terrible day in 1965 — and … 0

Editorial: Film tax credits play to mixed reviews

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed abolishing the tax credits Massachusetts has been handing out to the film industry in order to attract more production companies here. His plan is couched in terms of redirecting the money toward the Earned Income Tax Credit, the state’s program that helps low-income … 0

Editorial: Juanita Nelson had quite a life

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

“Your life is your action” could be said to have been Juanita Nelson’s credo. Nelson, who died at 91 earlier this week and who spoke those words some 35 years ago, had a life full of action, much of it spent in demonstration and defense of her beliefs. … 0

Editorial: Invite them to ride the school bus

Monday, March 9, 2015

The old saw that you can’t understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes often holds true. In much of western Massachusetts, however, we might want to rephrase that to: you can’t understand a school district until you’ve ridden its school bus routes. Perhaps that … 0

Editorial: Moving on at the Shea Theater

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Recent developments in the running of the Shea Theater do more than indicate a change coming in running the building. They also signal that it may be in the best … 0

Editorial: MBTA woes keep piling up

Friday, March 6, 2015

As Boston and surrounding communities continue to dig out from all the snow — prompting plenty of talk about record amounts, the dumping of snow and subsequent digging out, have been eclipsed by a real issue: trouble for the region’s mass transit system. With plenty of eyes — … 0

Editorial: Signs of spring

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Admit it: Even if you’re the most diehard fan of winter and just love skiing, snowmobiling or the frigid beauty nature creates with snow and ice, this winter has been a little taxing. All the snow and frigid temperatures have brought a renewed understanding of the term “cabin … 0