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 facilities siting process; and to ensure that residential ratepayers’ rights are protected.” That all pretty much means that the department is there … 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 of Lake Hitchcock Development, will be working part-time until June 30, the end of the … 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 the horizon makes sense. One such step has been a group of legislators putting together … 0

Editorial: Baker jumps in on homelessness

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as … 0

Editorial: Tied up in the courts

Monday, March 2, 2015

If anyone was ever seeking a real-life definition for the term “tied up in the courts,” they can turn to case involving the proposed retail development off the French King Highway. Greenfield is now into its fourth year waiting for a resolution of the case — one way … 0

Editorial: Several benefits to sharing Olympics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We appreciate U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s thoughts about the chance that western Massachusetts could get a piece of the action should Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics Summer Games come … 0

Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. … 0

Editorial: Food Bank shift a problem

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has long been on the front line of fighting hunger in a region that includes Franklin County. That battle that has been going on for more than three decades, and we can’t imagine coming close to easing hunger’s grip on the local … 0

Editorial: Fourth-graders and GMS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Greenfield public schools are once again looking for the right grade configuration for the Greenfield Middle School building. A special ad-hoc committee is expected to make a recommendation on what to do with the fourth grade. At issue is the question of whether fourth-graders should be housed in … 0

Editorial: Community at heart of response

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

While there are plenty of feelings and interests that motivate the average person, one driving factor is often a sense of community. And it’s that sense of belonging to a group that we think is at the heart — we use that term deliberately — of the effort … 0

Editorial: Snow days adding up for schools

Monday, February 23, 2015

By just about any measure, this year’s winter weather has been one for the record books. As communities continue efforts to dig out, one issue will linger long after the snow has finally melted away: making up lost school days. Already, school districts are eyeing the calendar to … 0

Editorial: Downing thinks out of the box

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: A tip of the hat to state Sen. Benjamin Downing, whose district includes a number of Franklin County towns, for thinking out of the box when it comes to money … 0

Editorial: Snowing down the economy

Friday, February 20, 2015

Even knowing that we live in New England — where snow is expected — this winter has proven to be a test of our Yankee fortitude. The cycle of snow storms and the amounts dumped on the region have all added up to a significant impact on everyday … 0