Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand ... Their love for reading and life … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of a blizzard were correct for some parts of New England and the Northeast. Southern New … 0

Editorial: An early challenge for Gov. Baker

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has determined that the budget deficit Massachusetts faces today stands at $765 million. That there was a budget deficit isn’t exactly news. Former Gov. Deval Patrick let the state know back before the November election that the commonwealth was running in the red, thus the reason for his cutting the budget by some $198 million. But it hasn’t been … 0

Editorial: County steps up

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, despite the increased need, residents have been working hard through a variety of means to make sure their less fortunate neighbors have a happy holiday … 0

Editorial: Saluting Orange’s plans

Friday, December 19, 2014

We’re glad to see that a group of nonprofit planners in Orange are working on the town’s waterfront, seeing it as one way to renewed regional prosperity. They envision an area paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — and are in the … 0

Editorial: Hotels no answer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All this week, The Recorder has been detailing the incredible and incomprehensible actions of the Patrick Administration in placing scores of homeless families in hotels in Greenfield, Chicopee and other western Massachusetts communities. With little or no regard for where they come from, these families are being warehoused … 1

Editorial: Stopping ‘lone wolves’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The scenario is becoming all too familiar: an unhappy, isolated mentally ill person decides to end their misery and strike out at those they perceive as their enemies. They obtain a weapon — usually a gun in this country — and launch an attack, killing or wounding innocent … 0

Editorial: Australians lead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A short story that moved on the AP wire Monday struck a chord that should resonate around a globe that is inundated with gloomy stories about bad things happening to good people. The setting was certainly typical of too many we’ve heard about lately. An Iranian born man … 0

Editorial: All aboard!

Monday, December 15, 2014

On. Nov. 23, 1846, the first train pulled into Greenfield, fresh from its trip from Northampton, and full of promise. The story in the local newspaper — an ancestor of this publication — reported that the phenomenon of a steam-powered vehicle was so unusual that a local dog, … 0

Editorial: State needs to put in more for Internet

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Finding the right way to make $5 million stretch seems almost counter-intuitive. After all, we’re talking $5 million. But when it’s the money available for those communities in Massachusetts that … 0

Editorial: Put brakes on state decal plan

Friday, December 12, 2014

Decals on vehicles tell people all sorts of things. They make it OK to park in specific areas, they let the driver use the town dump and they let people know about a connection to a particular school or college. Now there’s legislation making its way through the … 0

Editorial: Congress sells out public for more campaign cash

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Those brave enough to wade through the hundreds of pages of the $1.01 trillion congressional spending bill will find a lot of what is expected: taxpayer money aimed at the federal government and programs to keep things going … 0

Editorial: Details of our nightmare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s one of our worst nightmares. We’re talking about the contents of the more than 500-page summary of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s five-year investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture against terrorism suspects following the … 0