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Editorial: Downtown watch a good idea

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A vibrant and active downtown is a prominent feature in making Greenfield a desirable place to visit, shop, live. Therefore, just as so many residents are happy to call the place “home,” it comes with other responsibilities. One way to handle such a responsibility for our community is through our taxes, providing money to maintain the streets and sidewalks, for trash removal and, yes, for putting a police officer downtown. … 0

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are being forced to edit their daily logs to excise the identification of those charged with … 0

Editorial: Obama’s plan to meet a threat

Monday, September 15, 2014

President Obama has provided the nation with his plan for addressing the threat posed by terrorists that go by the Islamic State, and it, thankfully, backs away from relying strictly on U.S. military force. “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama … 0

Editorial: To everything there is a season...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Scorecard! Get yer scorecard! Ya can’t tell the players without a scorecard! The familiar chant is particularly pertinent these days for anyone watching a Boston Red Sox game. Mookie Betts? … 0

Editorial: A moribund GOP?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Is the Republican party becoming a minority that represents fewer and fewer Americans? Some political analysts, looking at recent numbers, are arguing that’s the case. Aside from members of Congress, party stalwarts, birth control opponents and Obama haters, they say, mainstream Republican numbers are dwindling. Add to that … 0

Editorial: Impermissible

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The other day, a man walking into Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport bought a cup of coffee and then strolled over to the passenger gate area. Perfectly normal behavior — except this airport visitor was carrying an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle slung over his shoulder. Needless to say, passengers … 0

Editorial: Greenfield plans

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As was the case with most Greenfield residents, we were pleased to see Mayor William Martin’s list of planned projects for the town in Tuesday’s Recorder. Even if all of them don’t come to fruition, just the fact that they’re being considered is good news. He said that … 0

Editorial: A new nation?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As the world’s attention is turned to Gaza and the bloody battles between Israel and Hamas, a chilling series of events is developing just a few hundred miles to the northeast. Islamic radicals known as ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, have spread from … 0

Editorial: Love thy neighbor?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Religious freedom was a core tenet of the creation of the United States. Despite the fact that the early settlers of New England — the Puritans — did not practice tolerance in their first years here, the men who crafted the Constitution were imbued with the principles of … 0

Editorial: Kudos to Sen. Stan Rosenberg

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We applaud state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, for his courage in refusing to jump on the current anti-pipeline bandwagon, as so many of his peers have done. Rosenberg has not … 1

Editorial: Casino catastrophe

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is anybody in the common-wealth paying attention to what’s going on down in Atlantic City, N.J.? Back in 1976, when the first casino was built in the famous boardwalk city, developers told officials that they’d hit solid gold. And at first, it seemed to be true. Tens of … 2

Editorial: Patriotic psychopaths?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The other day, President Obama delivered a stinging rebuke to the steadily increasing number of U.S. companies that are avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as “inversions.” Without much hope of a response, he called on Congress to pass laws to curb … 1

Editorial: How best to kill someone

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The recent, prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate has raised, once again, the question of how best to kill a human being condemned by his or her state’s court system. First of all, let us reiterate our own position on the death penalty. We don’t believe, … 0