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Editorial: Harvest Supper wants you

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Free Harvest Supper, for a little more than a decade, has been embraced by Greenfield and the community as a food-filled fun event in the open air by Greenfield’s Town Common. Now, the committee that has been the backbone of the event is calling out for others to get involved to ensure it continues. Particularly, people are being sought now to help in the months leading up to the … 0

Editorial: Rosenberg shaking up the Legislature

Thursday, May 28, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, less than six months into the job, is shaking up the Legislature’s two chambers. Having witnessed firsthand how the House and its speaker have dominated the headlines, if not the direction state government takes, since his Senate election in 1991, the Democrat from Amherst seems intent on having the power spread more equitably, including how bills go through … 0

Editorial: Many a garden grows

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anyone familiar with Mother Goose knows the rhyme: Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? Mary’s answer was: With silver bells and cockleshells And pretty maids all in a row. Had ol’ Mother Goose put the question to Franklin County, however, the response would have been different and much more complex. Just about every imaginable size or configuration, flower to vegetable … 0

Editorial: Accessory dwelling proposal can work

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Greenfield’s accessory apartment proposal has quickly proven to be a hot topic, even though there is significant value in its purpose and potential. The Planning Board’s withdrawal of the proposed ordinance will provide a needed cooling off period to better assess the pros and cons of the idea. … 0

Editorial: Keep Yankee’s emergency plan in place

Monday, April 20, 2015

The following message is to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy: safety trumps shortcuts. This should have long been understood about operating a nuclear power plant, including every step of the decommissioning process. A number of Franklin County towns and neighboring communities in New Hampshire and Vermont have … 1

Editorial: This year’s House budget entry

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The House’s state budget proposal giveth and taketh away. For Franklin County communities, this means restoring money for regional school busing to cover approximately 70 percent of the cost. Also, … 0

Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, … 0

Editorial: Lessons await with school budget

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deciding how much to increase spending for Greenfield’s public schools should be an interesting learning experience this year. The town’s new superintendent, Jordana Harper, with her School Committee’s almost unanimous support, has asked the Town Council for a $1 million increase. But Mayor William Martin, the lone dissenting … 0

Editorial: Gov. Baker takes aim at regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A badge of honor or an unnecessary constraint? When the question involves state regulations that are tougher than corresponding federal rules, the answer depends on how you view regulations to begin with. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, like many Republicans, isn’t a fan of regulation, especially if those regulations … 0

Editorial: Discarded needles more than a nuisance

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If the larger communities in Franklin County are seeing more syringes and needles discarded in parking lots, alleys and parks, it’s clearly, and sadly, a sign of the times. It’s a byproduct of the increased use of illegal drugs like heroin in our area, the potentially lethal litter … 0

Editorial: A nation changes in a blink of an eye

Monday, April 13, 2015

Through the lens of history, the course of a nation seemingly can change in a blink of an eye. For the last several years now, the U.S. has been observing the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. It began in 1861, on April 12, when Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, … 0

Editorial: McGovern right to push discussion

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: One of our two congressmen, James McGovern, wants Congress to have a discussion about U.S. military policy with regards to Iraq and the fight against the terrorists who call themselves … 0

Editorial: Tackling homelessness on many levels

Friday, April 10, 2015

No one sets out to become homeless. But there are a number of circumstances — from losing a job, to an incident like a fire that destroys a home, to a personal crisis — that can put an individual or family out on the street at seemingly a … 0