Editorial: Signs of spring

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Admit it: Even if you’re the most diehard fan of winter and just love skiing, snowmobiling or the frigid beauty nature creates with snow and ice, this winter has been a little taxing. All the snow and frigid temperatures have brought a renewed understanding of the term “cabin fever.” But with a record-breaking cold February receding from view, we can turn out attention to March and all that it has … 0

Editorial: Netanyahu’s speech pure political theater

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress Tuesday was pure political theater ... directed at making domestic points and enacted both by House Republicans and Netanyahu himself. At the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders — over the objections of the president — Netanyahu spoke to Congress … 0

Editorial: Baker jumps in on homelessness

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as the new hometown for those now living in motels in what is supposed to be … 0

Editorial: Parts of Obama budget should not be ignored

Friday, February 6, 2015

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget is ambitious in what it wants the federal government to take on. But shouldn’t that be exactly what the President of the United States be proposing? After all, he must weigh both the present and the future in what he sees for the … 0

Editorial: Politicizing vaccines a sick act

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Some things that should never be mixed together: bleach and ammonia, drinking and driving, even, say many people, business and pleasure. We can add to that list: politicians and public health. In recent weeks it’s become clear that … 0

Editorial: Move the school offices

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Letting go of an attachment is never easy, even if it’s the right thing to do. In some quarters around Greenfield, there has been a heartfelt desire to keep the former Davis Street School ... the current home of the public schools department. The subject of moving the … 0

Editorial: A new emperor for Mass.?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

One upon a time, the Legislature — and by extension the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts — was ruled by an emperor. Yes, there existed a Senate president and governor, and there was the judicial branch, too, but the true seat of power seemed to rest with the man … 0

Editorial: Mohawk signals need to be heeded

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mohawk Trail Regional School District is sending out signals that are either a warning or an S.O.S. In either case, district residents — and the state — need to heed the call and act. What’s happening is that the nine-town regional school district is caught in an economic … 0

Editorial: Erving tries to find life for old factory

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some events taking place around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We would like to think that there can be new uses and new life for buildings like the former International Paper Co. mill in Erving. We’re glad to see that the community continues … 0

Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New … 0

Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of … 0

Editorial: An early challenge for Gov. Baker

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has determined that the budget deficit Massachusetts faces today stands at $765 million. That there was a budget deficit isn’t exactly news. Former Gov. Deval Patrick let the state know back before the November election that the commonwealth was running in the red, thus … 0