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Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the final stages of a deal with Erving Paper CEO Morris Housen for a low-cost lease of a seven-acre riverfront plot. The land … 0

Editorial: Hotels no answer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All this week, The Recorder has been detailing the incredible and incomprehensible actions of the Patrick Administration in placing scores of homeless families in hotels in Greenfield, Chicopee and other western Massachusetts communities. With little or no regard for where they come from, these families are being warehoused in facilities that are entirely unsuitable for their needs, at great expense, and with considerable … 0

Editorial: Stopping ‘lone wolves’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The scenario is becoming all too familiar: an unhappy, isolated mentally ill person decides to end their misery and strike out at those they perceive as their enemies. They obtain a weapon — usually a gun in this country — and launch an attack, killing or wounding innocent victims before either taking their own life or going down in a hail of police … 0

Editorial: Silence surrounding Bill Cosby

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Silence can be both an ally and an enemy — and Bill Cosby is now finding that out. If the allegations are true, decades of silence has protected one of Franklin County’s most recognizable residents and allowed him to build an incredible career as a comedian, television star … 0

Editorial: Let manners be your seasonal guide

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

We have entered that time of year that is characterized in the phrase, “’Tis the season.” December can be quite a month, packing in a number of holidays. We’re less than three weeks from the shortest day of the year with the Winter Solstice — long marked by … 0

Editorial: A divided house

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Those famous words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln after receiving the Republican Party’s nomination for United States Senate in 1858, had as their backdrop a nation embroiled over the question of slavery. Lincoln lost his Senate race, but this speech — and … 0

Editorial: Set salary hikes aside

Monday, December 1, 2014

Viewed from the public perspective, there’s probably never a good time for elected officials to be looking at raises. But that doesn’t mean, however, there isn’t a bad time for hinting about such a hike. Right now in Massachusetts, it’s definitely a bad time. The Special Advisory Commission … 0

Editorial: No reason to stand on formality

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Should there have been a formal invitation to members of the Greenfield School Committee to attend the open house for the new high school? According to committee Chairwoman Maryelen Calderwood’s … 0

Editorial: Obama’s message on immigration

Friday, November 28, 2014

With his decision to use an executive action on immigration, President Barack Obama sent a powerful message to the country. It comes after the failure of Congress, particularly the U S House of Representatives, to move forward legislation that would address the millions of undocumented aliens that are … 1

Editorial: Controlling the pipeline message

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Scheduling a briefing for the county’s business community as an invitation-only event falls far short of our definition of inclusive — or smart. That was the plan, however, concocted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce — to bring in Kinder Morgan, … 5

Editorial: Navigating dangers, counting blessings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dangers loom large in the world. This is true now in 2014 as it was in 1620 when this land was a new world being explored by newcomers from Europe. Yet despite those dangers, there are still people … 0

Editorial: Graham’s blind to Benghazi facts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If there’s anything that illustrates the current “take no prisoners” mood in the Congress, it’s Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reaction to a long-awaited report by the House Intelligence Committee on the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, on our diplomatic … 0

Editorial: A neighbor changes in Orange

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some 21/ 2 years ago, there seemed to be plenty of reasons to feel good about what was happening with Rodney Hunt Co. and its relationship with the Town of Orange. Hunt, a manufacturer of water control systems, and the community had over the years weathered the good … 0