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Editorial: Keeping a crew close by

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the event making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad that as Western Massachusetts Electric Co. closes down its service center in Greenfield, it will be keeping six of its 20 employees close by. While the rest of the workforce will now be based out of its Hadley service center, four linemen, an electrician and a troubleshooter will work out … 0

Editorial: GHS construction milestone

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday is set to become a milestone for Greenfield. It’s the day that the first phase of construction for the new high school will be over. On that day, the Dore and Whittier, the project’s architectural firm, will turn the new building over to the town. It has been an amazing process to watch. Consider that roughly a year ago, the spot where … 0

Editorial: Debt dispute gets out of hand

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was supposed to be a routine matter — a dispute over a repair bill that landed in small claims court. What was unexpected was that an individual in the case wound up being sentenced to 30 days in jail because he couldn’t pay $508 — an outcome that evokes images of Charles Dickens and the dreary debtors’ prisons he wrote about. Yet … 0

Editorial: Putting gambling on the ballot

Monday, June 30, 2014

Now it’s going to be up to Massachusetts voters to roll the dice when it comes to destination casinos in the state. If you’re a fan of having the voting public be the vehicle for decisions in Massachusetts, then you have to be cheering a Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Editorial: Good news for UMass students

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The decision by the University of Massachusetts to freeze tuition and mandatory fees for the second year running has to be seen as a plus for students and their families. Look … 0

Editorial: Free speech includes criticism

Friday, June 27, 2014

We were glad to see a recent decision by a U.S. District Court judge that stopped local officials in New Mexico from banning residents from saying anything negative at council meetings. Judge James O. Browning issued an injunction finding that the village of Ruidoso’s policy barring speakers from … 0

Editorial: Driver’s license not answer for illegal immigrants

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Handling illegal immigration in the United States calls for a pragmatic, just and humane approach by the federal government. What Americans don’t need is some sort of piecemeal answer put together by individual states — and that includes the issuance of drivers’ licenses currently being considered by the … 0

Editorial: Reading aloud gives boost to babies

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

You’ll get no argument from The Recorder about the importance of reading. After all, as a newspaper, we are in the business of the printed word and depend upon our readers to buy our product. Wanting people to … 0

Editorial: Newest wave of illegal immigrants

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Border security has been a prominent concern for more than a decade, spurred from various threats — some serious and others imagined — ranging from terrorists slipping into the country to the illegal drug and gun trade to … 0

Editorial: GCC continues to respond to the call

Monday, June 23, 2014

Call-and-response, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a statement quickly followed by an answering statement.” The phrase, we think, is an apt description of the continual evolution of Greenfield Community College. At its base, GCC is the two-year institute of higher education serving Franklin County and beyond. But for … 0

Editorial: Towns try to create better connection

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad to see residents of some local towns that are underserved — or not served — when it comes to broadband Internet service getting more and more involved with … 0

Editorial: Time to make the name change

Friday, June 20, 2014

Dan Snyder, owner of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins, has long resisted changing the team’s name. He has argued that it isn’t meant to be racially insensitive — though a number of Native American tribes have officially … 0

Editorial: Our infrastructure screams for care

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Many issues demand our nation’s attention and money these days. Under normal times, this juggling act is be hard for Congress to handle. But when our elected legislative body can’t agree that any spending at all is necessary, let along identify priorities when it comes to appropriations, we’re … 0