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Editorials

Editorial: Downtown watch a good idea

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A vibrant and active downtown is a prominent feature in making Greenfield a desirable place to visit, shop, live. Therefore, just as so many residents are happy to call the place “home,” it comes with other responsibilities. One way to handle such a responsibility for our community is through our taxes, providing money to maintain the streets and sidewalks, for trash removal and, yes, for putting a police officer downtown. … 0

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are being forced to edit their daily logs to excise the identification of those charged with … 0

Editorial: Obama’s plan to meet a threat

Monday, September 15, 2014

President Obama has provided the nation with his plan for addressing the threat posed by terrorists that go by the Islamic State, and it, thankfully, backs away from relying strictly on U.S. military force. “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama … 0

Editorial: It is the county’s hospital

Thursday, August 21, 2014

During the process of taking over the reins as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, we’re pretty sure that Steven Bradley had some long talks with his predecessor, Chuck Gijanto. We can well imagine, too, that Gijanto made a point of saying the people of Franklin County not … 0

Editorial: New chapter for Lamson & Goodnow

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A business does not stick around for 177 years without hitting a few troublesome patches. That’s not to say that the news coming from Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. isn’t something to worry about. The nation’s oldest cutlery business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. That filing, … 0

Editorial: Twists and turns with medical pot

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Massachusetts’ maiden foray into the world of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries has been anything but smooth. Chalk it up to either state officials being completely caught off-guard when voters passed the ballot initiative calling for the legalization of … 1

Editorial: A growing black eye in Ferguson

Monday, August 18, 2014

As events have continued to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., little good has transpired — in fact, things just keep getting worse and worse. From the moment black 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer — … 0

Editorial: Hospital project moved forward

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and North Quabbin area: We’re glad to hear that Baystate Franklin Medical Center has gotten the necessary approval from the Massachusetts Public Health Council to move forward on a plan to replace and renovate its … 0

Editorial: Connecting with Robin Williams

Friday, August 15, 2014

An entertainer has to make a connection with an audience. Without that connection, chances are you’re not going to be in show business for long. Given the outpouring of grief surrounding the suicide of Robin Williams this week, … 0

Editorial: Celebrate the Free Harvest Supper

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunday, Greenfield and its neighbors have a chance to take part in a special event that one might say is a dietary staple — the Free Harvest Supper. It’s a must for all who like good food based upon our area farms, an event that is one where … 0

Editorial: A boost in fighting addiction

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Combating addiction to heroin and other like substances in the Franklin County area got a boost recently with much-needed help from the state. The entire package includes money for two new detox centers — one to serve the population of the North Quabbin region and the other facility … 0

Editorial: The slow pace to high-speed rail

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Some regions of the Connecticut River Valley are becoming aware of the work being done to upgrade the railroad tracks that run from south to north through Northampton and Greenfield, in anticipation of increased Amtrak passenger train service. Part of the motivation behind the updates is to allow … 1

Editorial: Our strategic change in Iraq

Monday, August 11, 2014

In an effort to slow, or even reverse, the alarming expansion by Islamic militants from Syria into Iraq, Washington is directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces in the area. The Kurds, who proved to be able allies in the U.S. fight against Sunni insurgents during the Iraq War, … 0