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Editorial: Red Hawks leaving mark on volleyball

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Congratulations are definitely in order for the girls volleyball team from Frontier Regional School. The Red Hawks just completed another — for the fifth-straight year — state-championship winning season. Through the years, this has been about hard work and sacrifice on the part of the athletes, coaches and their families, and the … 0

Editorial: 50,000 residents stuck in the middle

Friday, November 21, 2014

Massachusetts has seemingly been able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing health care to its residents. Even with some of the issues associated with the federal Affordable Care Act, the pronouncements coming from Beacon Hill have been that the state continues to move in the right direction when it comes to coverage, innovation and controlling costs. That’s why … 0

Editorial: Can’t succumb to Siren’s call

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It was another video-taped beheading carried out by the so-called Islamic State, this time of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker, and it again left the United States and much of the rest of the world horrified and scrambling for a proper response. But the answer, despite the sorrow and outrage these killings … 0

Editorial: Buoniconti’s homework

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We’re glad that Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is doing his homework when it comes to a four-day school week. Such a possible shift in the school week would be a change that would have an impact beyond the classroom. Buoniconti’s research is in large … 0

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to repeal on Question 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Questions about the gas tax in Massachusetts — Is it too high? Too low? How should it be used? — are touchy issues. Many complain about what the tax does to the price of gas and whether it should be dedicated only to upkeep of our roads and … 1

Editorial: Let Biden speak

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden has been getting a bum rap. Too often, after making an appearance or speech before some segment of the American public, the press and Biden’s critics are quick to characterize what he said as … 0

Editorial: Movement in Montague

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad to see that Montague seems to be moving forward on at least one of the vacant properties in town. It appears that the town is close to finally … 0

Editorial: Paying for a new DPW head

Friday, October 10, 2014

Greenfield is going to have to hire another person to head the Department of Public Works. As reported in The Recorder, Arthur Baker, who has been the DPW director for just the last 19 months, has resigned with the intention of finding work in the private sector with … 0

Editorial: Let all gubernatorial candidates debate

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Getting straight talk about the gubernatorial race in Massachusetts can, at times, be difficult. Campaign ads are often a distraction from finding out where the candidates actually stand on the issues, and also provide little or no sense as to how these individuals respond to spontaneous moments, let … 0

Editorial: The door for gay couples gets wider

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sometimes, taking no action can be just as powerful as acting. The United States Supreme Court did just that Monday in declining to hear cases regarding same-sex marriage. In not taking up decisions where appeals courts had ruled … 0

Editorial: Join the earthquake drill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

“This is only a test ...” Many readers may recognize these words as signaling that a radio or television station is taking part in the Emergency Broadcast System. Massachusetts residents, as well as others across the country, will soon have a chance to send a signal of their … 1

Editorial: Bridge program proves to work

Monday, October 6, 2014

Six years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration initiated a program to address the deteriorating condition of bridges in Massachusetts. Since then, the program — backed by some $3 billion in financing — has been able to make a dent in the number of bridges under its … 0

Editorial: GCC does it again

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Kudos, again, to the folks at Greenfield Community College. Franklin County’s only college was one of five community colleges, out of 1,200 nationwide, to be recognized for its continual pursuit … 0