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Editorial: State ‘pause’ adds new twist to ‘final mile’ effort

Friday, February 12, 2016

The “final mile” push for broadband Internet in 32 unserved communities in western Massachusetts was never going to be quick and easy. The geographical and population issues that discouraged private cable companies from offering service present the same challenges to others who try, be they private, public or something in between. Those challenges may pale in comparison to what the … 0

Editorial: Mohawk’s dealing with 3 Cs

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A midterm report card of sorts for Mohawk Trail Regional School District came in recently that has residents talking about three Cs — as in China, Charter and Choice. Even if you’re grading on a curve, these marks are the kind that are troubling given their financial implications for the district. China played into Superintendent Michael Buoniconti’s attempts to find additional revenue that … 0

Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get permits and permissions. This time it was U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts’ junior senator, who … 2

Editorial: A call for volunteers in Northfield

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We would like to think that there are enough Northfield residents who can give something back to their community by volunteering. As recently reported in The Recorder, a number of … 0

Editorial: Let’s embrace state’s food system plan

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Midwest may be the nation’s breadbasket, but Massachusetts seems ready to earn at least the nickname of picnic basket, with many Pioneer Valley treats inside. A comprehensive food system plan for the state, the first revision in more than 40 years, will get legislative attention this year. … 0

Editorial: DCR could get boost from public-private partnerships

Thursday, January 14, 2016

In green spaces across the Pioneer Valley, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) makes its presence felt. And while we welcome its new leader’s efforts to make private businesses a positive partner, we hope such steps are taken with the kind of care a public jewel … 1

Editorial: NCAA needs to do more about concussions

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In light of growing evidence that concussions can cause serious brain injuries in football players, the NCAA has publicized its ban on head-level hits on vulnerable athletes and its mandate that schools follow procedures for identifying and treating … 0

Editorial: Another try at accessory apartments

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

During the coming weeks, Greenfield will see if the accessory apartment proposal remains too hot to handle. We only need to go back to April of last year when the Planning Board withdrew the proposed ordinance in the face of a loud though small opposition concerned with what … 0

Editorial: New council, same old divisions

Monday, January 11, 2016

Less than a week into the new year with a new lineup, the Greenfield Town Council already is mirroring internal divisions of old. Having just ascended to the council presidency, Brickett Allis, the council’s longest serving member, handed out committee assignments, including chairmanships, to the other councilors. To … 1

Editorial: Finding the right fit for Hawley broadband

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We can understand Hawley’s desire to find a cheaper way to bring high-speed Internet to the community, given the estimated cost associated with installing a fiber optic network. The community … 0

Editorial: Pipeline opponents’ walk the walk

Friday, January 8, 2016

Much of the battle over the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline through Franklin County is taking place in distant places such as Washington, D.C., where the participants wear the uniforms of government and corporate entities and the battlegrounds are offices and meeting rooms. In contrast, the opposition to the … 0

Editorial: A permit to protest

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Greenfield’s Town Common is used by people for, among other things, getting the word out. Now, using the common as a place for peaceful protests has been made much easier, thanks to the Greenfield Town Council. Those planning to hold a vigil or demonstration are no longer required … 0

Editorial: 5 issues that should be legislative priorities

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Massachusetts Legislature ended the 2015 portion of its two-year session in disappointing fashion, with far too much important business left unfinished. It is now time for legislators to get back to work on those critical issues and produce results. In particular, lawmakers should make the opioid abuse … 0