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Editorial: Right direction on North Quabbin

Monday, July 21, 2014

We know that some people driving from the eastern part of the state to the North Quabbin region probably look around appreciatively and think, to paraphrase Dorothy of Oz in her famous quote: “we’re not in Boston anymore.” The trick is to get visitors to realize that the appeal of the region is more than skin deep. Those living here are quite familiar with the natural beauty of the region … 0

Editorial: Fix ordinance before making it law

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We don’t quite understand the thinking of some Greenfield town councilors when it comes to the proposed noise ordinance. While we can understand the desire to have such an ordinance in place — although we question its seeming priority over other, more urgent needs — … 0

Editorial: Our border problem

Friday, July 18, 2014

Americans, we have a problem. Thousands of children from south of our border are trying to enter the United States, some alone and some with adults, and our political gridlock is preventing the federal government from responding in a timely fashion. This means this tragedy is getting larger by the minute. Earlier this … 0

Editorial: Let’s enact a federal shield law

Thursday, June 12, 2014

When we’re talking about freedom of the press, it’s clear that the federal government has somewhat of a split personality. There’s the First Amendment with its broad-brush stroke, involving free speech and independent voices, and both the White House and Congress are proud to proclaim their support of … 0

Editorial: Final thought or two on Greenfield election

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Another Greenfield municipal election has come and gone. For some, it’s a chance to step squarely into the spotlight that shines on the Town Council, the legislative branch of town government. For those who weren’t elected, it’s a time to take a break, consider the future and analyze … 0

Editorial: Senate can help with college debt relief

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A college degree is supposed to be a springboard to one’s future. Studies show that those who have earned, say, a bachelor’s degree, will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more over a 40-year employment career than a … 0

Editorial: Greenfield, get out and vote today

Monday, June 9, 2014

Today is an opportunity for Greenfield residents to participate in one of the community’s most storied and valuable traditions — going to the polls and voting. Municipal and school elections are the most direct link between those who are served by their government and those who serve the … 0

Editorial: Will Whately turn out for debt vote?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re interested to see what kind of turnout Whately gets regarding its debt exclusion vote on Tuesday. The town is seeking approximately $3.9 million, which will be put toward expansion … 0

Editorial: Don’t let fears take flight

Friday, June 6, 2014

The idea that a gas pipeline may be routed through parts of Franklin County has, to put it mildly, alarmed some of the area’s citizenry. The reaction to requests by Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for permission to survey property belonging to landowners from the Berkshire County line … 3

Editorial: Freeing Bergdahl the right move

Thursday, June 5, 2014

For five years, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had the distinction of being the last American held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Given the war’s length and the weariness that Americans now feel about … 0

Editorial: EPA moves needle on greenhouse gases

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

We have been talking and talking about what we can and cannot do when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases over the past few years. Unfortunately, much of the talk about reducing carbon emissions — a major source of these gases — has been not much more than … 0

Editorial: Resignation won’t fix VA

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki will not heal the broken Veterans Affairs hospital system — a system whose shortcomings were well documented long before Shinseki, or for that matter, President Obama, took office. The … 0

Editorial: We are passionate for local politics

Monday, June 2, 2014

We’re not surprised that Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., the U.S. speaker of the House who died 20 years ago, was continually credited with saying “all politics is local.” He was, after all, from Massachusetts. From the dumping of tea into Boston’s harbor back before this was an … 0