Editorials

Editorial: Lots of questions with tires

Monday, September 22, 2014

The discovery of a blanket of tires along a river embankment off Colorado Avenue in Greenfield presents more questions than answers at this time. Some of those questions are part of the past and may not lend themselves easily to answers, but others are very much part of the present and should be addressed. Greenfield residents may never know how long ago these tires were deposited there. It appears that … 0

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to the public. Using a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, PVMA will … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor of adding more benches to Greenfield’s Main Street, rather than removing them, as some have … 0

Editorial: Rezoning Lunt a good idea

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Rezoning the former Lunt Silversmith property, as suggested by Greenfield Mayor William Martin, makes sense. The mayor is planning to ask the Town Council to change the property from “general … 0

Editorial: An educational effort turns 30

Friday, September 5, 2014

Our state’s constitution is a fascinating document that more of the commonwealth’s citizens should probably get to know. For one thing, at John Adams’ insistence, it applied the label “commonwealth” to Massachusetts. Beyond the fact that it is the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the … 0

Editorial: Head to the primary polls

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts voters have the opportunity to influence the way their government works next Tuesday. That’s when the Democrats and Republicans are holding their respective primaries, which will put the top candidates in the running for the November election. Voters should make their voices heard at this time, including … 0

Editorial: Proud of the new GHS

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The new Greenfield High School is now open for business and the first thing that comes to mind is “wow!” As good-looking as the exterior of the building may be, what’s inside is something else — a modern, spacious school that should serve well the students, staff and … 0

Editorial: Stupidity leads to fatal accident

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The accidental shooting death of a gun-range instructor in Arizona has stupidity written all over it. What makes the incident even more senseless is just how easily this entire tragedy could have been avoided, had the adults in the story used just a little common sense. Instead, we … 0

Editorial: Get ready for the county fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

An early Labor Day and a late Thanksgiving, combined with a cooler-than-usual summer and it’s easy to get confused where we are with the calendar. Is it really summer? Some days it’s hard to tell. So mark your calendar for Thursday through Sunday. That way you won’t miss … 0

Editorial: Clearing up bridge ownership

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As the continuing story that is the Schell Memorial Bridge continues to be written, Northfield residents have to like the … 0

Editorial: Teens need more sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers like — and need — to sleep ... a lot. That’s not exactly earth-shattering news to parents who may have seen their child head off to bed at a seemingly reasonable time on a Friday only to see them emerge sometime Saturday afternoon. But what many adults … 0

Editorial: Mass. missteps with REAL ID

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nine years ago, Congress passed the Real ID Act and it became law ... but then things started to unravel. The idea was to make sure that when a person presented a driver’s license anywhere in the country, it confirmed their identity. But that hasn’t happened. Both the … 0

Editorial: Colrain should move on sewer system

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some old-fashioned advice for Colrain: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. A significant opportunity has been presented by the state in the form of a $2.5 million grant that would go toward the building of a town center sewer system. That money, while not necessarily covering … 0