Editorial: Hotels no answer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All this week, The Recorder has been detailing the incredible and incomprehensible actions of the Patrick Administration in placing scores of homeless families in hotels in Greenfield, Chicopee and other western Massachusetts communities. With little or no regard for where they come from, these families are being warehoused in facilities that are entirely unsuitable for their needs, at great expense, and with considerable negative impact on the host communities. While … 0

Editorial: Stopping ‘lone wolves’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The scenario is becoming all too familiar: an unhappy, isolated mentally ill person decides to end their misery and strike out at those they perceive as their enemies. They obtain a weapon — usually a gun in this country — and launch an attack, killing or wounding innocent victims before either taking their own life or going down in a hail of police … 0

Editorial: Australians lead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A short story that moved on the AP wire Monday struck a chord that should resonate around a globe that is inundated with gloomy stories about bad things happening to good people. The setting was certainly typical of too many we’ve heard about lately. An Iranian born man held hostages at gunpoint for hours in a Sydney cafe, and was finally killed when … 0

Editorial: Saluting those who served

Monday, November 10, 2014

It’s just four years until the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. It was on this day in 1918 that The Great War, which had produced so much death and destruction, came to an end. … 0

Editorial: Poll workers deserve our thanks

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As thankful as people are that this year’s election is now in the rearview mirror, we would be remiss if we didn’t offer a public thanks to the men and … 0

Editorial: Frontier’s safety plan worked

Friday, November 7, 2014

Having a school system safety plan — an emergency procedure to protect students, teachers and staff in the case of an attack — has become an unfortunate necessity in modern America. What the nation saw at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut or Columbine High School in Colorado, … 0

Editorial: It’s the Republicans’ turn

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The nation’s midterm election was decidedly unkind to the Democrats. Voters, frustrated with the president, Congress, the economy, taxes, international affairs, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, the Affordable Care Act ... you name it, decided that Democrats, incumbent or not, should pay the price. Across the country, Republicans candidates … 0

Editorial: Baker and the job ahead

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Republican Charlie Baker may have had to wait until Wednesday morning to officially proclaim victory, but in the end, we’re sure he didn’t mind. After all, he’s now set to be inaugurated as the 72nd governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, beating Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in … 0

Editorial: What’s going on with oil?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Some time ago, we decided to give up trying to understand the rhyme and reason of oil pricing. It’s not that we don’t comprehend supply and demand as a fundamental concept of a market economy — or what speculative trading on the futures market means to the price, … 0

Editorial: Add your voice and vote

Monday, November 3, 2014

As far as our elections go, Americans have it pretty easy. We have no worries about violent attacks as we head to the polls. The results won’t be so overwhelmingly one-sided to demonstrate a crooked deal cooked up by those in power. In fact, at times it seems … 0

Editorial: Any choice tied to finances

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re glad to hear that the effort to find a solution that works for the former First National Bank building on Bank Row in Greenfield is underway. Just as important, however, … 0

Editorial: It’s not art in the parks

Friday, October 31, 2014

Art can be provocative and challenging, leading to all kinds of emotions in the eye of the beholder. However, when she began using our national parks as a canvas, the graffiti artist who goes by “Creepytings” not only brought public attention to her art but in doing so … 0

Editorial: Taking on domestic violence

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Recorder series that has run this week has focused attention on domestic violence and recently passed laws addressing the issue, as well as area efforts to confront this abusive behavior. It’s not an easy problem to solve nor a subject we find pleasant to report upon. Yet … 0