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Editorial: Creative economy building in Greenfield

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Greenfield and its downtown have long been a hub of activity for the community and its neighbors in Franklin County. Much of it is activity of an economic nature, given the different types of business that attract people to the area. The traditional economic engines — retail establishments, restaurants, tourist sights and other services — that help power the community seem poised to be joined by another engine in creating … 0

Editorial: Clean slate to a new school year

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The rock known as slate was commonly used instead of paper in schools during the Victorian age because it could be erased and used again and again. But “wiping the slate clean” took on a dual meaning for school children and others as erasing the slate also meant a chance to start fresh. … 0

Editorial: Making more of a vision for Orange

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A vision for what the economic future holds for Orange is in the eye of the beholder. What residents see is colored by many factors, such as how long they have lived in town, their experience, personal interests and sense of community. In seeing Orange and economic revitalization, the lenses used may at times provide a fractured view. One of the challenges, then, … 0

Editorial: Inspiring work in Warwick

Monday, July 20, 2015

When we hear the story of the Warwick Volunteer Firemen’s Association and a new safety building, a number of words come quickly to mind. “Determination” is a word that pops up first. The association has been raising money to expand the existing firehouse built in 1952 for the … 0

Editorial: Purchase moves Whately forward

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Whately took a big step forward with its plans for the future in signing a purchase and sale agreement for the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building. While the purchase … 0

Editorial: Improving region’s bus service

Friday, July 17, 2015

Once again, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority wants public input regarding bus service for the county. Unlike the type of surveys that try to gauge how they’re doing, the FRTA is seeking comment on its Comprehensive Service Analysis draft, a blueprint for better service, which should help build … 0

Editorial: Healey’s welcome involvement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Less than a year into the job, Maura Healey continues to demonstrate that she has a grasp of a key component of serving as the attorney general for Massachusetts: representing its citizens. It’s this role that has drawn her into the changing energy picture here in the state … 0

Editorial: Putting a local face to terrorism

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alexander Ciccolo looks like just another 20-something living in western Massachusetts. As the public was reminded Monday, looks can be more than deceiving; they can hide thoughts that are deadly. Ciccolo’s appearance didn’t give away his desire to become the face of terror here in the United States … 0

Editorial: Curbing these fake calls for help

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Let’s define what “swatting” isn’t. It’s not a public prank or joke where everyone sees the humor. Instead, it’s becoming a growing and troubling trend that endangers unsuspecting victims, bystanders and the police or emergency personnel who respond to a call for help. Greenfield was one of the … 0

Editorial: An epidemic’s grim reminders

Monday, July 13, 2015

Franklin County was provided a grim reminder recently of heroin’s grip. Three more deaths in the last couple of weeks in Greenfield are being attributed to heroin overdoses. These latest deaths prompted Linda Sarage, director of the RECOVER Project, an effort where recovery from addiction is peer driven, … 0

Editorial: Providing children with some summer fun

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: For a child, especially those of school age, summer is supposed to be a joyous occasion — a time to get outside, play, swim and have fun. But circumstances, like … 0

Editorial: Don’t harm students with standardized tests

Friday, July 10, 2015

The teachers, students and parents who have packed hearing rooms to call for a reduction in standardized testing make a compelling case. Putting too much emphasis on test results, they say, squelches creativity in the classroom, ignores the individuality of students and punishes districts with a large percentage … 0

Editorial: Bicycle tourism can help power our economy

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Many residents of the Pioneer Valley and the rest of western Massachusetts recognize that the region’s economic health isn’t a single lane. Rather, it’s a number of different routes combining to move the region forward. And bicycle tourism is seen as a significant cog in the region’s economic … 0