Editorial: Eyes on the road, not your phone

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just drive. That should be ingrained in the mind of anyone who has a cell phone when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Once that vehicle is moving, their focus has to be on the road. The consequences are just too dangerous otherwise — to anyone else on the road as well as to the car’s passengers. A … 0

Editorial: Food Bank shift a problem

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has long been on the front line of fighting hunger in a region that includes Franklin County. That battle that has been going on for more than three decades, and we can’t imagine coming close to easing hunger’s grip on the local community if this nonprofit organization hadn’t been so proactive. Recent changes with the Food Bank’s … 0

Editorial: Fourth-graders and GMS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Greenfield public schools are once again looking for the right grade configuration for the Greenfield Middle School building. A special ad-hoc committee is expected to make a recommendation on what to do with the fourth grade. At issue is the question of whether fourth-graders should be housed in a building with seventh-graders. It’s a question — and concern — that has been raised … 0

Editorial: Distracted drivers pose threat

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We’ve all had the experience of watching someone whizz by in the passing lane while busy talking on a cell phone pressed to one ear. And perhaps we’ve even had to quickly step back at an intersection to … 0

Editorial: Charlie Hebdo’s message

Monday, January 19, 2015

A week after two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of a satirical French newspaper and slaughtered 12 people to protest the paper’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a new issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the streets featuring — you guessed it — a cartoon of the Prophet … 0

Editorial: Much to learn from Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored today with the federal holiday marking his birth. But … 0

Editorial: School Choice dilemma

Friday, January 16, 2015

When School Choice became a reality in Franklin County, as a number of other districts were struggling, Deerfield Elementary School became one of the sought-after landing spots for students and their parents. Seemingly, School Choice provided a win-win for both the school and those families looking to join … 0

Editorial: Keep an eye on Olympic price

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Prestige versus price — that’s what should be considered in the drive by some civic leaders to make Boston the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Last week’s announcement that the United States Olympic Committee picked Boston … 0

Editorial: A misstep on the world stage

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Failing to send someone of adequate stature to the massive rally in Paris last Sunday following last week’s terrorist attacks was a serious misstep by the Obama administration. To be sure, the president has now recognized that, saying … 0

Editorial: CPR use hits close to home

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We were reminded once again the other day of the thin line that can exist between life and death — even in ordinary circumstances. Lost in the terrible news from Paris and Nigeria was another, more prosaic but still striking example of how knowledge and skill and calm … 1

Editorial: Sen. Rosenberg at the helm

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stan Rosenberg has long been a voice of advocacy — in the Legislature and in politics — for western Massachusetts. His election as Senate president doesn’t — nor should it — change that. That’s not to say there won’t be conflicting priorities as he assumes the leadership role … 0

Editorial: Value with body cameras

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The recent Recorder story examining the testing of body cameras by the Gill Police Department raised interesting questions of privacy as well as the need for the officers wearing such … 0

Editorial: The flow of downtown Greenfield

Friday, January 9, 2015

Communities are used to a certain amount of surge and ebb of businesses in their downtowns. New stores arrive, old businesses depart. People notice the storefronts that are inventive or inviting. They pay attention to cleanliness and upkeep, both inside and outside the building. And, while empty storefronts … 1