Editorial: No reverse on casinos

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Casinos will never be the financial golden goose for Massachusetts that some supporters contend. No, allowing the state to become host to this expansion of legalized gambling is a much more complex proposition. From the health of the overall casino market across the country to Massachusetts’ stops and starts in creating the framework and requirements for the awarding of the licenses for the three resort casinos — and a slot … 0

Editorial: Warm the Children

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As Tom Bevacqua pointed out in his usual weekly column in Monday’s Recorder, we’re in a period of seasonal transition, one where we have to say goodbye to any lingering summer days and be prepared for what late fall tends to bring to us here in Franklin County. In other words, it’s time to get ready for the cold. As residents of the … 0

Editorial: Lamson and Goodnow's improving outlook

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not too long ago, in fact just this past August, the news from Lamson & Goodnow Co. was pretty grim. The 177-year-old manufacturer had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, there had been employee layoffs and even with the company putting together a new business plan, its prospects couldn’t be described as bright. Two months or so later, the cutlery maker seems to … 0

Editorial: The door for gay couples gets wider

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sometimes, taking no action can be just as powerful as acting. The United States Supreme Court did just that Monday in declining to hear cases regarding same-sex marriage. In not taking up decisions where appeals courts had ruled … 0

Editorial: Join the earthquake drill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

“This is only a test ...” Many readers may recognize these words as signaling that a radio or television station is taking part in the Emergency Broadcast System. Massachusetts residents, as well as others across the country, will soon have a chance to send a signal of their … 1

Editorial: Bridge program proves to work

Monday, October 6, 2014

Six years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration initiated a program to address the deteriorating condition of bridges in Massachusetts. Since then, the program — backed by some $3 billion in financing — has been able to make a dent in the number of bridges under its … 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