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Editorial: Thanksgiving Day can serve up some hope

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Thanksgiving holiday means many things to many Americans. It’s a holiday steeped in history and traditions. The day has evolved over time to kick off the holiday season that stretches through December and comes to a conclusion on Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. Most important, it’s a day that is supposed to give us pause to think about how … 0

Editorial: As promised, an independent energy study

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey promised Massachusetts that she would deliver an independent examination of the state’s future energy needs. She did so in part because of the scenario painted by Kinder Morgan, the company behind plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline: Massachusetts and the rest of the region would continue to experience outrageous spikes in electricity costs just as it … 0

Editorial: Probe casts pall on district

Monday, November 23, 2015

Anytime an arm of the federal government steps in to investigate a local matter, it can’t be good. That’s not to say the FBI probe of how federal money for Greenfield school meals was handled will turn up wrongdoing of any kind. But until the public knows the results of the inquiry, it casts an unwanted pall on the district. And it’s not … 0

Editorial: 100 years in the community

Friday, October 30, 2015

A long-standing local business is more than just a store or a place that provides some kind of service. It’s a valued member of the community. Sure, a business doesn’t stay around through oh-so-many years without providing good customer service, quality products and affordable prices. But there’s more … 0

Editorial: Don’t let food warnings eat you up

Thursday, October 29, 2015

“The destiny of nations depends on what they eat.” This French proverb, given that country’s history and world-class cuisine, shows the intertwining of people, food and the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the destiny … 0

Editorial: Shifting on PARCC tests in Mass.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Standardized testing of Massachusetts school students is supposed to measure what’s happening in our classrooms while allowing communities — and even states — to see how their schools stack up against each other. But such exams measure changes in the political climate, too. We say this based upon … 0

Editorial: In race for Greenfield mayor, Martin deserves to keep building on his record

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Greenfield elects a mayor Tuesday. With the title comes not only broad responsibility and a $76,115 paycheck, but also high expectations from residents and business owners who want their government to wisely manage tax dollars, meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population and lower tax rates by … 0

Editorial: Giving distracted drivers a hand

Monday, October 26, 2015

Impaired driving comes in many forms: drivers who have been drinking or using drugs, or are short on sleep The newest addition to this list is those who text, check email or adjust their musical mix a cell phone. Curtailing the risky behavior of someone getting behind the … 0

Editorial: A good call for a meeting

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad to see that Whately has called for a meeting with Deerfield and Sunderland to discuss the home for South County EMS. Getting the selectmen and the finance boards … 0

Editorial: Adding to the toolbox for the opioid crisis

Friday, October 23, 2015

At its core, the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis is a matter of life and death. New state data released this week underscore that view: Department of Public Health officials said Wednesday that the number of opioid deaths remained high during the first six months of 2015 … 0

Editorial: Changing guides for mammograms

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Early detection has been a life saver when it comes to many diseases, including breast cancer. Since the start of breast cancer awareness month three decades ago, mammograms have been seen as a vital tool in discovering the most common cancer among women in its earliest stages. Almost … 0

Editorial: GMSD keeps addressing tone of contract talks

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If money talks — and it most certainly does — then the conversation attached to contract negotiations is too often harsh. The Gill-Montague Regional School District knows this all too well. Past contract talks between the School Committee and the Gill-Montague Education Association have at times been bitter … 0

Editorial: Senior center plan looks like a winner

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“Ya gotta believe.” Once the rallying cry of Tug McGraw, a New York Mets relief pitcher for that fateful season when the Mets made it to the World Series in 1973, plenty of fans are saying this now as the New York Mets battle to get into the … 0