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Editorials

Editorial: Virtual school, state remain at odds

Friday, October 24, 2014

Learning that state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester is not happy with how the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is performing doesn’t come as a shock. The backstory on the relationship between the online school and the state has been complicated from the very beginning. Just how much those past disagreements are playing into the present is anyone’s guess. Chester has recommended that the GCVS be placed on a 20-month probation, … 0

Editorial: No reverse on casinos

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Casinos will never be the financial golden goose for Massachusetts that some supporters contend. No, allowing the state to become host to this expansion of legalized gambling is a much more complex proposition. From the health of the overall casino market across the country to Massachusetts’ stops and starts in creating the framework and requirements for the awarding of the licenses for the … 0

Editorial: Warm the Children

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As Tom Bevacqua pointed out in his usual weekly column in Monday’s Recorder, we’re in a period of seasonal transition, one where we have to say goodbye to any lingering summer days and be prepared for what late fall tends to bring to us here in Franklin County. In other words, it’s time to get ready for the cold. As residents of the … 0

Editorial: Charlemont window work

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The restoration of the stained glass windows at the Charlemont Federated Church is undoubtedly a source of pride for the congregation. The work brought back to life the Tiffany-style windows … 0

Editorial: Growing hunger crisis

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September is a month during which the public is supposed to be focusing greater awareness about hunger here in America. At its simplest, the issue of hunger here is driven by economics, too many citizens just don’t have enough money to buy food. It may be they don’t … 1

Editorial: Keep waterways a source of pride

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn arrived this week, which means that many people are beginning to think about fall cleanup. For the homeowner that generally means raking leaves or getting the house ready for the cold and snow. But there’s another cleanup today and Saturday, one that based upon another type of … 0

Editorial: Arts Block, Pushkin direction hits snag

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

News that the owner of the Arts Block and the Pushkin buildings in Greenfield, Edward Wierzbowski, has filed for bankruptcy protection was a development that wasn’t supposed to be in the cards ... not when you think about the progress toward revitalization downtown Greenfield has been making over … 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