Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand ... Their love for reading and life … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of a blizzard were correct for some parts of New England and the Northeast. Southern New … 0

Editorial: An early challenge for Gov. Baker

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has determined that the budget deficit Massachusetts faces today stands at $765 million. That there was a budget deficit isn’t exactly news. Former Gov. Deval Patrick let the state know back before the November election that the commonwealth was running in the red, thus the reason for his cutting the budget by some $198 million. But it hasn’t been … 0

Editorial: Polish these Greenfield gems

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mayor William Martin is to be applauded for seeing that it is well past time to polish two jewels in Greenfield — Veterans Memorial Field and Highland Pond. These two sites have long been fixtures in Greenfield’s recreational picture but have lost a bit of their luster as … 0

Editorial: The year for new Whately offices?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What will the new year bring for Whately? With any sort of luck, a plan for its town offices that will satisfy a majority of its residents. In looking back at 2014, one would think the issue of expanding and renovating Town Hall made everyone’s list of contentious … 0

Editorial: Changing the lens for new year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One of the definitions of “challenge,” is “anything, as a demanding task, that calls for special effort or dedication.” Today’s arrival of 2015 heralds the arrival of a new year. Don’t be surprised, however, if the challenges that … 0

Editorial: Vermont Yankee still with us

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shutting down Vermont Yankee on Monday was a bit unceremonious, given the nuclear power plant’s 42 years of operation. The lights didn’t flicker, there was no interruption of electrical power when employees in the control room in Vernon, Vt., began inserting the control rods into the reactor core … 0

Editorial: Keep on giving

Monday, December 29, 2014

We’re closer to the new year than we are to Christmas at this point, but we’d like to think the spirit of giving hasn’t quite gone the way of egg nog or wrapping paper. Plenty of organizations in and around Franklin County could still use a hand in … 0

Editorial: Nichols Gymnasium’s run comes to end

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Brief thoughts on some the events making news from Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The construction of the new Greenfield High School just passed another milestone. As detailed in Jason Butynski’s Jaywalking column in Tuesday’s Recorder, Nichols Gymnasium is going to be torn down and a … 0

Editorial: Bringing Cuba in from the cold

Friday, December 26, 2014

Five decades: That’s how long the United States has kept its relationship with Cuba frozen in time. For 50-plus years, the U.S. has engaged in a strategic diplomacy regarding Cuba that was designed when the world was a … 0

Editorial: Dear Gov. (elect) Charlie Baker ...

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dear Gov. (elect) Baker: We hope that you’re getting to spend a little quality time with family and friends during the holiday season. After all, in just a few short weeks you’ll be handed the keys to that fancy office on Beacon Hill, one of the perks that … 0

Editorial: On the eve of a special day

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A day of joy. A day of hope. A day of peace. Given how many terrible events have taken place around the world — death, destruction, disease, etc. — a time where love and the common good are the guide is what’s needed right now. Thankfully, this is … 0

Editorial: Right message, wrong place

Monday, December 22, 2014

As the protesters filed into the annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast their eyes were shining with delight at their daring. After all, they were venturing into the heart of the county’s establishment to deliver their message: Black Lives Matter. And, as one of their members stridently … 0