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Editorials

Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why we find the recent development affecting 50,000 … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and scrambling for a proper response. But the answer, despite the sorrow and outrage these killings … 0

Editorial: Making it all first class

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you happened to join the other local people who toured Greenfield’s new high school Saturday, you probably agree that what’s been completed so far is fabulous. From modern classrooms that provide the right kind of wiring for today’s technology and the changing tools that teachers and students use, to loads of natural light for a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, it’s a … 0

Editorial: Pipeline fight comes with costs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As individual communities mobilize to try to stop the building of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline, it’s likely to be a long, drawn out and expensive fight. … 1

Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those … 0

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 … 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. … 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 … 0

Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and … 0

Editorial: WIC change a good one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and … 0

Editorial: More eyes on downtown

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Caught on camera.” That’s the phrase that best describes the reason for the installation by governments around the world of surveillance equipment to watch over public places. We shouldn’t be surprised then — or upset — that such cameras are now a part of Greenfield’s downtown. Quietly, with … 0

Editorial: Fear can’t rule Ebola response

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fear is a powerful emotion, creating a sense that one needs to act, quickly. In taking action, however, fear cannot be allowed to cloud one’s judgment or act rashly in haste. Under the best of circumstances, Ebola would … 1

Editorial: Buoniconti’s homework

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We’re glad that Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is doing his homework when it comes to a four-day school week. Such a possible shift in the school week would be a change that would have an impact beyond the classroom. Buoniconti’s research is in large … 0