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Editorials

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, according to the United States Courts website, usually means a debtor is proposing “... a plan of reorganization to keep its business … 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 marijuana for medical purposes or that, once again, state officials felt the need to re-invent … 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 — six times according to an autopsy released this week — bad decisions have helped fuel … 0

Editorial: Debt dispute gets out of hand

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was supposed to be a routine matter — a dispute over a repair bill that landed in small claims court. What was unexpected was that an individual in the case wound up being sentenced to 30 days in jail because he couldn’t pay $508 — an outcome … 0

Editorial: Let the buyer beware

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Despite the centuries separating us from the days when Latin was not only the language of ancient Rome but provided a common means of communication around the known world, there are words and phrases that still hold value today. For example, caveat emptor — Latin for “let the … 0

Editorial: A tragedy that demands a response

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We inhabit a world where all kinds of tragedies take place. Some of these events — derailed trains, bus crashes, fires — get little attention, save from those directly involved. Others catch the world’s attention and demand a collective response. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 … 0

Editorial: Right direction on North Quabbin

Monday, July 21, 2014

We know that some people driving from the eastern part of the state to the North Quabbin region probably look around appreciatively and think, to paraphrase Dorothy of Oz in her famous quote: “we’re not in Boston anymore.” The trick is to get visitors to realize that the … 0

Editorial: Fix ordinance before making it law

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We don’t quite understand the thinking of some Greenfield town councilors when it comes to the proposed noise ordinance. While we can understand the desire to have such an ordinance … 0

Editorial: Our border problem

Friday, July 18, 2014

Americans, we have a problem. Thousands of children from south of our border are trying to enter the United States, some alone and some with adults, and our political gridlock is preventing the federal government from responding in … 0

Editorial: Dairy farming a tough job

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dairy farming in the Northeast has never been a get-rich-quick proposition. While plenty of parents — especially those with teenage boys — may say that milk is a staple in their homes, it turns out that milk consumption in the United States has been dropping. Milk’s rate of … 0

Editorial: Educate, rather than dictate on plastics

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Educate or dictate? We’ll take the former. We thought educating people about the ills associated with plastic bags or plastic bottles was preferable when a Greenfield resident proposed banning them last year and we continue to think that with the revised proposal that looks to include more prohibited … 0

Editorial: Heat turned on Speaker DeLeo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sometimes, high-profile politicians can bask in the glow of the public spotlight, but there are times that, instead of illuminating their achievements, that light serves to turn up the heat. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo certainly isn’t liking how ex-Probation Department Commissioner John J. O’Brien’s corruption trial is … 0

Editorial: An issue with fingerprinting

Monday, July 14, 2014

Improving school safety — no one can really argue against the idea of making our children safer. But the devil can be in the details. That’s how we look at how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is handling the implementation of the law requiring that all teachers and school … 0