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Editorials

Editorial: Making Greenfield more bicycle friendly

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It’s been more than a week since Greenfield announced it has created dedicated bicycle lanes for a long stretch of Federal Street. We don’t know if we are surprised or relieved, maybe both, that there have been no car/bike collisions while motorists learn to get by with less road along one of the town’s busier commercial arteries. But it’s a worthwhile learning curve. The bike lanes run from Silver Street … 0

Editorial: Observing Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The nation observes Memorial Day today, a day for remembering and honoring the men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. Rooted in the Civil War, the holiday was first known as Decoration Day, whereby the graves of the war … 0

Editorial: The buzz surrounding pollinators in peril

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken quite literally since the region does provide much in the way of fresh dairy products, fruit, vegetables, plants, … 0

Editorial: Common ground best path Legislature’s chambers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Four months into his state Senate presidency, Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst is engaged in a very public power play with House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo over how legislative committees do their work. Essentially, Rosenberg wants to make it easier for bills that originate in the Senate to … 0

Editorial: Return the focus to anti-smoking effort

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Before the fight over Greenfield’s proposal to tighten tobacco regulations devolves into a spat of personalities, the participants and public shouldn’t lose sight of the goal: preventing our youth from picking up an unhealthy habit. Whether residents support the Greenfield Health Board’s efforts or find fault with increasing … 0

Editorial: Frontier board should back off

Monday, April 27, 2015

Things are a little topsy-turvy at Frontier Regional School these days. Normally we would applaud a school committee that takes the lead on tough decisions — like if and how to trim spending in tough economic times — rather than simply following the recommendation of a hired administrator. … 0

Editorial: Office move to middle school makes sense

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With the dispersing of fourth-graders from the Greenfield Middle School to the neighborhood elementary schools for the new school year, it appears the question becomes what to do with the extra … 0

Editorial: Dalai Lama’s message perseveres

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to … 0

Editorial: Trying again to ban plastics

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The latest effort to put a lid on plastic in Greenfield, thankfully, is no longer as big a grab bag of restrictions from a group of environmentally conscious residents. The ban proposed this time is focused on items too often found as part of the community’s litter or … 0

Editorial: Answers needed for jump in drug price

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Anti-overdose drugs like Narcan have proven their worth in saving lives in the fight with heroin and painkiller addiction. Yet its value is being recognized, too, by the manufacturer, as in “profitable.” Since the state declared the opioid epidemic a health emergency under former Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration … 0

Editorial: Accessory dwelling proposal can work

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Greenfield’s accessory apartment proposal has quickly proven to be a hot topic, even though there is significant value in its purpose and potential. The Planning Board’s withdrawal of the proposed ordinance will provide a needed cooling off period to better assess the pros and cons of the idea. … 0

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

Monday, April 20, 2015

The following message is to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy: safety trumps shortcuts. This should have long been understood about operating a nuclear power plant, including every step of the decommissioning process. A number of Franklin County towns and neighboring communities in New Hampshire and Vermont have … 1

Editorial: This year’s House budget entry

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The House’s state budget proposal giveth and taketh away. For Franklin County communities, this means restoring money for regional school busing to cover approximately 70 percent of the cost. Also, … 0