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Editorials

Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and beer cans. In the past three-plus decades, however, the single-serve beverage landscape has changed dramatically. Sports drinks, iced coffees and teas, vitamin … 0

Editorial: WIC change a good one

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Of course, we don’t know if the state had much of a choice, given … 0

Editorial: More eyes on downtown

Friday, October 17, 2014

“Caught on camera.” That’s the phrase that best describes the reason for the installation by governments around the world of surveillance equipment to watch over public places. We shouldn’t be surprised then — or upset — that such cameras are now a part of Greenfield’s downtown. Quietly, with little fanfare, 14 such cameras have been installed in a number of spots where historically … 0

Editorial: Deciphering the latest MCAS

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

People with much more at stake — and greater expertise — regarding the latest Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores are undoubtedly going over the latest round of results at this moment to better understand what’s happening. They’re looking for good news, as well as any possible trends that … 0

Editorial: Lots of questions with tires

Monday, September 22, 2014

The discovery of a blanket of tires along a river embankment off Colorado Avenue in Greenfield presents more questions than answers at this time. Some of those questions are part of the past and may not lend themselves easily to answers, but others are very much part of … 0

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor … 0

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) … 0

Editorial: Downtown watch a good idea

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A vibrant and active downtown is a prominent feature in making Greenfield a desirable place to visit, shop, live. Therefore, just as so many residents are happy to call the place “home,” it comes with other responsibilities. One way to handle such a responsibility for our community is … 0

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are … 0

Editorial: Obama’s plan to meet a threat

Monday, September 15, 2014

President Obama has provided the nation with his plan for addressing the threat posed by terrorists that go by the Islamic State, and it, thankfully, backs away from relying strictly on U.S. military force. “I have made it … 0

Editorial: Grand plans for Sweetheart, Lake House

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Ambitious and creative are a couple of words that come to mind regarding the plans that Mauricia Alvarez has for both the former Sweetheart Restaurant building in Shelburne Falls and the … 0

Editorial: Take action against hunger

Friday, September 12, 2014

Here’s something to know when thinking about hunger: 200,000-plus. That’s the number of residents in the four counties of western Massachusetts — Berkshire, Franklin, Hamden and Hampshire — who use food pantries or other food assistance programs. Breaking down those numbers even more, that’s 33,000 boys and girls … 0