Editorial: Keep it all public

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recently, there seems to have been some slight missteps on the part of the Greenfield School Committee when it comes to the search for a new superintendent. It seems that there are some committee members who think that public discussion about candidates somehow crimps their ability to talk freely or candidly. This sort of thinking led to an unfortunate exchange between Daryl Essensa and a cameraman from Greenfield Community Television … 0

Editorial: Taking back our marathon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

They came, they ran, they conquered. And they cheered ... how they cheered! This year’s Boston Marathon proved to be a fresh reminder of spring’s awakening, as well as a punctuation mark on a year of recovery following last year’s terrorist bombing attack at the end of the 26.2-mile course. The message was … 0

Editorial: Land buys back on table

Monday, April 21, 2014

Greenfield residents learned last week that two significant land acquisitions by the town are back on the table. On the heels of being informed that the town has made another offer for the former Lunt Silversmiths factory property, including the adjacent ball fields, came the news the community was back in pursuit of the Meadows golf course, at the junction of the Green … 0

Editorial: Good forestry practices at work

Friday, March 28, 2014

Good forestry practices are a set of concepts that have been around for centuries — yet can still spark debate. We can’t say that it’s surprising that logging at the West Whately and Francis P. Ryan reservoirs in Whately, owned by the city of Northampton, has caused concern … 0

Editorial: Change at the top for BFMC

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We don’t know if six years is considered a long time to be the chief executive operator for a hospital, let alone a community hospital like Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Like so many jobs, there are all sorts of factors that come into play, both internally and externally, … 0

Editorial: Don’t raise the cap

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawmakers continue to wrestle with the idea of lifting the state’s cap on charter schools and allowing more to open. We urge them not to do it. Although there are children and communities where the creation of a public charter school might be beneficial in providing education, there … 0

Editorial: Slow going on expanded bottle bill

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A legislative working group is now responsible for updating Massachusetts’ bottle deposit law. This seems to offer a chance — at long last — that the state will add a number of non-carbonated beverages to its nickel deposit system. That, at least, is better than in the past, … 3

Editorial: Opportunities grow with food

Monday, March 24, 2014

“Home grown” can be interpreted in many ways when it comes to our food supply. Thankfully, for Franklin County, one sure version involves the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center. As a recent Recorder story explained, the commercial kitchen in Greenfield has helped get a number of food-based enterprises … 0

Editorial: Driving toward a municipal garage

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With the decision by the Greenfield Town Council to approve spending money to buy the former Hapco building on Olive Street, the town is taking a significant step toward its … 0

Editorial: Time to re-evaluate the MCAS

Friday, March 21, 2014

Anyone with public school children of a certain age has just endured a week of vicarious test taking, thanks to the MCAS. Those students taking the test, their supportive parents, and much of the rest of Massachusetts understand what the test is supposed to show: where students are … 0

Editorial: A new lease on life for Charlemont

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Charlemont doesn’t want to be counted among the dead or dying towns of the rustbelt Northeast. Like many of its neighbors in western Massachusetts, the loss of manufacturing and other jobs as well as other economic changes in the area over time, has taken a toll on the … 1

Editorial: Ensuring a healthy democracy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Transparency is a word that is often bandied about when people talk about improving government in Greenfield or elsewhere in Franklin County. The ability of the public to see what’s taking place as government officials examine issues, write regulations and make decisions is the essence of open government. … 0

Editorial: Getting a read on SAT changes

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A college admission test like the SAT should be regularly updated to better reflect what students are learning in high schools and what’s expected academically in college. Care, however, must be taken so that any changes do not … 0