Editorial: Verbal screening plan lacks details

Friday, October 9, 2015

Untangling the opioid crisis in Massachusetts requires an ability to see the many different strands that compose this troubling situation. The public knows that the crisis fueled by heroin and opioid abuse is a multilayered health issue, one that calls for treatment, including more facilities with more beds as well as programs and services to help individuals remain on sobriety’s path. The public understands, too, the crisis is a law … 0

Editorial: Whately forges winning office plan

Thursday, October 8, 2015

It can be very discouraging to volunteer for months on a plan to fix a problem your town faces only to have your proposal shot down at a town meeting — not because the idea lacks merit, not because you didn’t give it your best effort with the interests of your town at heart, but because many of your fellow taxpayers felt they … 0

Editorial: Rosenberg’s give and take with FERC holds hope

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst delivered a message to federal regulators when he visited Washington, D.C., last week — there is deeply rooted opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct project that would send a natural gas pipeline through western Massachusetts. Just as significant for pipeline foes is Rosenberg’s take-away from the D.C. trip — that given the right mix of … 0

Editorial: Medical marijuana dispensaries slow to take root

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Given how driven the supporters of medical marijuana in Massachusetts were to get a measure approved back in 2012, the process has since been mired in legal and political wrangling. … 0

Editorial: Kulik takes on the DPU

Friday, September 11, 2015

From the earliest intimations that a gas pipeline would stretch through parts of his district, state Rep. Stephen Kulik has proven dogged in his push for an open and complete regulatory review process. It’s an up-front approach that people in a district that encompasses towns in Franklin and … 0

Editorial: When crime solving takes a village

Thursday, September 10, 2015

“It takes a village ...” may be a concept that originally referred to raising a child, but a recent armed robbery in Turners Falls has us thinking about how it takes a village to solve a crime. Let’s begin with the facts: On an Sunday, Aug. 2, an … 0

Editorial: In step with the county fair

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Later this afternoon, the area will lift the curtain on the latest edition of the Franklin County Fair. Anyone who has attended the fair in the past can understand why this year’s theme, “Bushels of Fun,” captures this annual event to a T. A bushel is a unit … 0

Editorial: Greenfield’s new high school a gem

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Greenfield has spent that last couple of years watching as an important transformation took place. The four-phase construction of a new high school has yielded an attractive, modern facility that meets the educational challenges of the 21st century. At the same time, the community watched demolition of the … 0

Editorial: Focus back on the football field

Monday, September 7, 2015

Are you ready for some football? For high schools, colleges and the paid professionals, the 2016 football season gets underway later this week. And even though sports seasons seem to overlap these days, football still is a traditional … 0

Editorial: Celebrate the working person

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Today, the nation celebrates Labor Day, and it is quite clear that in the U.S. “labor” continues to be in … 2

Editorial: AG continues connecting the dots on opiate crisis

Friday, September 4, 2015

State Attorney General Maura Healey continues to demonstrate an ability to connect the dots when it comes to the big picture of the opiate epidemic. Healey sees the crisis in human terms, recognizing its impacts on law enforcement resources, addiction treatment needs and the health of users and … 0

Editorial: Closing the digital divide in Mass.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

While broadband Internet service might once have been considered a luxury, that’s no longer the case. This high-speed method of transmitting data and other information has to be seen as a necessity and a crucial component for economic stability and growth, no matter where you might live in … 0

Editorial: MBTA repairs issue for rest of state

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Western Massachusetts might normally pass over the travail of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. After all, the MBTA’s operations are Boston-centric, and the closest Franklin County residents get to actually using its service would be if someone used the Fitchburg station to catch a commuter train or drove … 0