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Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists in Virginia, it will be for the nation — and those who lead it — to say, “Enough!” Vester Lee Flanagan II, … 0

Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, restaurants, tourist sights and other services — that help power the community seem poised to … 0

Editorial: Clean slate to a new school year

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The rock known as slate was commonly used instead of paper in schools during the Victorian age because it could be erased and used again and again. But “wiping the slate clean” took on a dual meaning for school children and others as erasing the slate also meant a chance to start fresh. … 0

Editorial: Club needs help keeping their home

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The predicament that the Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club finds itself in with its clubhouse begs for some outside intervention. The club has been leasing a building from the state Division … 0

Editorial: A straightforward request

Friday, July 31, 2015

From where we sit, a request from Ford and Toyota dealership for a tax break is pretty straightforward. The owner wants to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to reduce the amount of taxes paid to Greenfield over the next 10 years. Getting this municipal break would then let … 1

Editorial: Unsettling questions remain about fatal air crash

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of … 0

Editorial: Tax holiday about perceptions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation … 0

Editorial: Olympic bid too risky a financial gamble

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without … 0

Editorial: Necessary 3-state response for jobs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ending the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s run as a power producer came with strings attached. Beyond the obvious concerns over the dismantling of the reactor and the on-site storage of nuclear materials, shuttering the plant means a significant economic hit to the region. Many well-paying jobs are lost. … 0

Editorial: Community shows its support of GCC

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The Greenfield Community College Foundation is obviously quite pleased with the results of this year’s annual fundraising campaign, and who wouldn’t be? Through contributions big and small, representing both businesses … 0

Editorial: Holding up public records reform

Friday, July 24, 2015

A group representing municipal officials is using scare tactics to water down or kill a much-needed reform to Massachusetts’ public records law. Lawmakers should see the lobbying effort for what it is — a crusade to put bureaucratic convenience ahead of the public’s right to know how their … 0

Editorial: Ed Porter put community first

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In stepping down as executive director of what is now the United Arc after almost 40 years, Ed Porter leaves some very big boots to fill. Sure, it’s hard to replace somebody who has been on the job for roughly four decades. But in Porter’s case, all these … 0

Editorial: Council smart to table action on plastics

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Greenfield Town Council’s decision to table a proposed ordinance banning plastics was a smart move. The decision provides the council critical time to look deeper into the proposal, which would ban plastic shopping bags, single-serve water bottles and plastic foam containers in Greenfield. Tabling the proposal means … 0