Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ purpose is clear: “The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; to oversee the energy facilities siting process; and to ensure that residential ratepayers’ rights are protected.” That all pretty much means that the department is there … 1

Editorial: Quick replacement should move Greenfield forward

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Greenfield moved quickly to replace Robert Pyers as economic development director after he was placed on paid administrative leave in January and subsequently retired in early February. Larry Jutras, the owner of Lake Hitchcock Development, will be working part-time until June 30, the end of the … 0

Editorial: State doesn’t want to get burned by marijuana

Friday, March 27, 2015

When it comes to budding prospects of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts, there is one question that state officials have to answer: Do they want to be ahead or behind the curve? Given the state’s experience so far with medical marijuana, advance preparations for what is surely on the horizon makes sense. One such step has been a group of legislators putting together … 0

Editorial: Food stamps on the chopping block

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A food fight is again brewing in the hallways of Congress. Republicans in the U.S. House have again set their sights on trimming what they believe is fat in the federal budget, and the House Agriculture Committee is reportedly planning to begin a debate over reforming the Supplemental … 1

Editorial: Red flag on casino revenue

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As Massachusetts waits patiently to learn who will be the winning applicant for the state’s third, and presumably final, resort casino, there was other news this week that residents and state lawmakers should not ignore. A number of states new to the casino gambling game are finding that … 1

Editorial: We can’t ignore Islamic State

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A continual parade of captives, carefully videotaped and designated for brutal execution — the spectacle plays to the Islamic State’s extremist views, drawn from an ancient time and violently foisted on modern life. It’s fair to say that … 0

Editorial: A small act that makes sense

Monday, February 16, 2015

If the world is going to have a chance to alter the course of climate change, we suspect it’s going to take more than one approach. And while nations of the world wrestle with their role — jointly and separately — it will require people to make individual … 0

Editorial: Lot use headed in right direction

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Given that the Villa DiMaio Restaurant burned down a little more than 14 years ago, it’s good to learn that the town of Whately is trying to find a good … 1

Editorial: Valentine’s Day not so simple

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine’s Day has arrived: A day devoted to the idea of romance and expressions of love ... heart-shaped cards, something sweet for the sweet or some other symbols of our feelings for a special person in our life. … 0

Editorial: TV anchors make news

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This turned out to be quite the week for television anchors. NBC News suspended Brian Williams, its chief anchor and managing editor, for six months without pay following the revelation that his story of being aboard a helicopter … 0

Editorial: Alabama showing poor judgment

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What do we make of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his order to state officials to defy a federal ruling and prohibit the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Well, he’s a poster boy for judicial activism, as well as the latest in a long line … 1

Editorial: We’re getting treated to a real snow show

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Silently falling snow, most people will admit, is one of nature’s more beautiful spectacles. If you have the luxury of getting to watch it from a window, from a room in which you’re warm and cozy, the snow … 0

Editorial: Quite the line on train tickets

Monday, February 9, 2015

“Ticket? Ticket? Anybody got a ticket?” If you thought we were referring to a scalper at a Boston Red Sox game or someone trying to get into see a concert at some music venue, you would be wrong. We’re actually talking about purchasing tickets for Amtrak’s Vermonter service … 0