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Editorial: Frontier board should back off

Monday, April 27, 2015

Things are a little topsy-turvy at Frontier Regional School these days. Normally we would applaud a school committee that takes the lead on tough decisions — like if and how to trim spending in tough economic times — rather than simply following the recommendation of a hired administrator. But not this time. Last month, a majority of the Frontier Regional School Committee, confronted by flesh and blood people who would … 0

Editorial: Office move to middle school makes sense

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: With the dispersing of fourth-graders from the Greenfield Middle School to the neighborhood elementary schools for the new school year, it appears the question becomes what to do with the extra space. Town and school officials have come up with a thought: move the public school … 0

Editorial: Dalai Lama’s message perseveres

Friday, April 24, 2015

When the Dalai Lama visits the Pioneer Valley in late October, college students and fortunate members of the public will get the chance to hear from a man for whom patience, compassion and joy are not abstract notions. For him and his followers, they are the keys to fulfillment and, in some cases, survival. The exiled religious leader of Tibet has scheduled appearances … 0

Editorial: Diner pays price for sexual harassment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Though it went out of business Monday, the Route 9 Diner in Hadley still has something to teach the restaurant trade: If you subject workers to sexual harassment, you’ll pay a price. That’s the message restaurant managers anywhere should take from the state attorney general’s decision to go … 0

Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ purpose is clear: “The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; to oversee the energy … 1

Editorial: Quick replacement should move Greenfield forward

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Greenfield moved quickly to replace Robert Pyers as economic development director after he was placed on paid administrative leave in January and subsequently retired in early February. Larry Jutras, the owner … 0

Editorial: State doesn’t want to get burned by marijuana

Friday, March 27, 2015

When it comes to budding prospects of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts, there is one question that state officials have to answer: Do they want to be ahead or behind the curve? Given the state’s experience so far with medical marijuana, advance preparations for what is surely on … 0

Editorial: Senate holds AG nominee hostage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Over the past couple of years, Americans have witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives being turned into something that often resembles a Saturday Night Live skit rather than a serious group of public officials trying to reach reasonable compromises. Recently, we’ve heard members make statements so full of … 1

Editorial: Conway neighbors show the way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Right neighborly. That may seem some sort of quaint phrase to someone coming to western Massachusetts from outside the region — from the eastern part of the state or even one of the more urban areas south of here. But when you call one of the 26 communities … 0

Editorial: More openness, not less, should be the rule

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

State officials heard Saturday from those involved with local government who take issue with the current version of the Open Meeting Law. If you listened to the complaints, the law’s faults are many ... from complicated to petty or overly restrictive to impeding progress, and it was clear … 0

Editorial: Sensible plan with early release

Monday, March 23, 2015

Generally speaking, plenty gets packed into a school day. For teachers that often means more than just what’s taking place in the classroom. Their day, at times, can include personnel development, including meetings and training. That can turn into quite a scheduling act, sometimes making it necessary to … 0

Editorial: Find ways to help ease broadband financing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As the communities hear what’s involved in the “last mile” when it comes to bringing broadband Internet service, we think everyone realizes that the final hurdle is getting the towns … 0

Editorial: ‘Predictable’ House budget proposal

Friday, March 20, 2015

“Predictable” is one word that seems appropriate in summing up the nation’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives’ budget proposal unveiled this week. It contains plenty of elements that strictly adhere to what the GOP has been pushing for since … 0