Editorial: Markey, others connect the dots on pipeline plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If the calls are growing for greater transparency — let’s make that honesty — regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and who will benefit from an enlarged natural gas supply, it’s because more and more people are connecting the dots as the companies involved race to get permits and permissions. This time it was U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts’ junior senator, who is the latest to call into question … 0

Editorial: Rattlesnakes have a place in Mass.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since Colonial times, it’s been people versus timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts. Today, as the state moves anew to preserve this endangered species in the face of public opposition, it’s science versus emotion. At a forum Feb. 23 in Orange, wildlife officials will work to explain their modest plan to place one to 10 … 0

Editorial: Safety complex plan: more questions than answers

Monday, February 8, 2016

Greenfield residents should be glad to hear the municipality is working on plans for a safety complex — especially in light of the public library’s expansion plans. But before anyone gets too excited, it would pay to listen closely to what Mayor William Martin is saying: “There are a lot of things to keep in consideration; everything is in play.” Everything is in … 0

Monday shorts

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin this week: Decades of service to Heath Douglas Wilkins is retiring as Heath town moderator after 32 years of generous service to the community. We hope the legacy of fair and open … 0

Editorial: Aiming for intervention

Friday, January 1, 2016

“Intervention” can sometimes sound like a bad idea, especially if it involves sending massive armies overseas on dubious nation-building missions. But it has a different meaning when it comes to fending off an assault of a different sort in our backyard, by a mega-corporation very likely bent on … 2

Editorial: Happy New Year

Thursday, December 31, 2015

When philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” he seemed to be alluding to the bad things. As we head into a new year, we’d like to look on the bright side, and remember the good things of the … 0

Editorial: Christmas vandalism can’t prevent holiday joy

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Though the holiday season often brings out the best in people, it seems that for some, it brings out the worst. In addition to the many heartwarming stories about holiday gift-giving and extraordinary acts of charity, last week has also unfortunately seen two malicious acts of seasonal vandalism. … 0

Editorial: Sign of the season

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

We’re hoping that Bernardston residents and the Bernardston Kiwanis Club have started a new community-building holiday tradition this year. On the Saturday before Christmas, the club filled the United Church of Bernardston function hall with scores of residents and a few out-of-town visitors for a chance to spend … 0

Editorial: Dr. William E. Callahan, retired but not forgotten

Monday, December 28, 2015

Dr. William E. Callahan took part in delivering 5,000 babies over the past 50 or so years. He is retiring from the Greenfield Women’s Health Center Dec. 31, after 44 years as an obstetrician and gynecologist caring for women and newborns in Franklin County. Since the retirement became … 0

Editorial: Keep giving tradition going

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It was nice to see the holiday gift giving tradition that started in 2012 at Jake’s Tavern in Turners Falls by Bill Holbrook continue this year under the bar’s new … 0

Editorial: Vermont Yankee plans

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Those who worried about accidents at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant causing environmental and health hazards severe enough to affect its downwind neighbors in Franklin County have less to worry about today. For about a year now, the 42-year-old, 620-megawatt boiling water reactor has been shut down, … 0

Editorial: Gift of time

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas and the general season of gift-giving and well-wishing is upon us. Franklin County, one of the state’s most rural and poorest counties, is at the same time, paradoxically, one of the most generous, and we should all feel great about that. Hundreds of children are swaddled in … 0

Editorial: Tough choices now for Mohawk

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sustainability is a good thing, but financial sustainability for our small towns and school districts seems to be an elusive and stress-inducing goal. Consider Mohawk Trail Regional School District. Looking ahead to the coming academic year, its leaders see a need for about $600,000 more than will come … 0