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Editorials

Editorial: Navigating dangers, counting blessings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dangers loom large in the world. This is true now in 2014 as it was in 1620 when this land was a new world being explored by newcomers from Europe. Yet despite those dangers, there are still people who have faith, courage and a desire to make the best of their lives. Those qualities serve them well today, as they … 0

Editorial: Graham’s blind to Benghazi facts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If there’s anything that illustrates the current “take no prisoners” mood in the Congress, it’s Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reaction to a long-awaited report by the House Intelligence Committee on the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. An attack there killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. … 0

Editorial: A neighbor changes in Orange

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some 21/ 2 years ago, there seemed to be plenty of reasons to feel good about what was happening with Rodney Hunt Co. and its relationship with the Town of Orange. Hunt, a manufacturer of water control systems, and the community had over the years weathered the good times and bad together. In fact, the company has proudly called Orange its home for … 0

Editorial: Taking on domestic violence

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Recorder series that has run this week has focused attention on domestic violence and recently passed laws addressing the issue, as well as area efforts to confront this abusive behavior. It’s not an easy problem to solve nor a subject we find pleasant to report upon. Yet … 0

Editorial: Make Coakley next governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Politically, Massachusetts is a much more complex place than the usual labels would have you believe. Sure, the state is seen as deeply blue, one of the nation’s Democratic strongholds. And it’s true that Democrats comfortably control both the House and Senate up on Beacon Hill. And the … 0

Editorial: Free speech? Hardly

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If anyone needed convincing that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision equating corporations with individuals when it comes to political speech was a true mistake, this campaign season’s advertising reinforces just how terrible it has all become. In … 0

Editorial: Q 4 too far a reach

Monday, October 27, 2014

Massachusetts voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether the state should join two others in the country — Connecticut and California — in creating a sick time law. Ballot Question 4 seems straightforward in what it requires: Businesses with 11 or more employees will be eligible for earned … 0

Editorial: Pipeline fight comes with costs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As individual communities mobilize to try to stop the building of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline, it’s likely to be a long, drawn out and expensive fight. … 1

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 … 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 … 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. … 0

Editorial: Lamson and Goodnow's improving outlook

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Not too long ago, in fact just this past August, the news from Lamson & Goodnow Co. was pretty grim. The 177-year-old manufacturer had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, there had been employee layoffs and even with the company putting together a new business plan, its prospects … 0

Editorial: Expand the bottle bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the past 32 years, Massachusetts has had a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Compare then to now and you would see a significant difference along our sidewalks, roads and public spaces — it’s a cleaner landscape that has many fewer discarded soda and … 0