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Editorial: Let’s fix Nashs Mill Bridge

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summertime, that paradoxical time for motorists in New England. The season is an invitation to head out on the highways and byways, whether it’s a trip to Cape Cod, Hampton Beach or some other coastline destination or northern climes with the lakes, forests and mountains. It’s also the time that highway crews are out making improvements and fixes to our roads, streets and bridges. And when traveling and repairs meet … 0

Editorial: Improving voter registration

Monday, July 6, 2015

Over the course of this year’s annual town meeting season, many Franklin County residents once again experienced our version of grass-roots democracy and the power of the ballot box. The vote is a powerful tool for making decisions that influence the shape of our government as well as our lives now and for the future. Unfortunately, there are too many people who don’t … 0

Editorial: Stepping up for Harvest Supper

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to the volunteers who stepped forward so that the Free Harvest Supper will happen for the 11th time on the Greenfield Town Common. Earlier this year, the people who have been the backbone for this wonderful community event that offers … 0

Editorial: Banners brighten downtown

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The banners displaying the art of Greenfield’s school-age children are a terrific addition to the downtown area. And we like that the town held a contest asking the students to … 0

Editorial: Improve public records access

Friday, June 5, 2015

Government officials in Massachusetts take justifiable pride in running a state many consider the birthplace of American liberty. But when residents, activists and journalists want to use public records to examine government operations, they often find themselves locked out. Northampton Rep. Peter V. Kocot and other public-spirited lawmakers … 0

Editorial: Investing in business, community

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A thriving and healthy community depends upon an active and energetic citizenry. That’s true whether talking about involvement in local government or volunteering with any of the many organizations or projects that look to make life better. Call this interest and participation an investment in the place we … 0

Editorial: Building on new ownership

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The historical and architectural prominence of the Arts Block and the Pushkin Gallery, so near the crossroad of Main and Federal streets in the heart of downtown Greenfield, is undeniable. These buildings, however, have greater consequences for the community beyond their exterior look. For the past eight years … 0

Editorial: Welcoming new high school grads

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

High schools across Franklin County get to show off — and send off — their latest batch of fresh and happy faces, otherwise known as graduating seniors, this weekend. Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Graduation is a milestone in the lives of these teenagers. Receiving that high … 0

Editorial: Our penchant for problem solving

Monday, June 1, 2015

To those who have moved to Franklin County or chosen to stay, this is a special place with many wonderful people and terrific qualities. That’s not to say the county doesn’t have its share of problems, some indigenous and some not entirely of our making: addiction, domestic violence, … 0

Editorial: Colrain’s transformative steps

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Another transformative step is in the works in Colrain with the proposed demolition of the apartment building known as the “Blue Block” at the corner of Main and Jacksonville roads. … 0

Editorial: Harvest Supper wants you

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Free Harvest Supper, for a little more than a decade, has been embraced by Greenfield and the community as a food-filled fun event in the open air by Greenfield’s Town Common. Now, the committee that has been the backbone of the event is calling out for others … 0

Editorial: Rosenberg shaking up the Legislature

Thursday, May 28, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, less than six months into the job, is shaking up the Legislature’s two chambers. Having witnessed firsthand how the House and its speaker have dominated the headlines, if not the direction state government takes, since his Senate election in 1991, the Democrat from … 0

Editorial: Many a garden grows

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anyone familiar with Mother Goose knows the rhyme: Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? Mary’s answer was: With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. Had ol’ Mother Goose put the question to Franklin County, however, the response would have been … 0