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Editorials

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 it’s clear that keeping silent about domestic violence does more harm than good for both the victims and their abusers. That silence, … 0

Editorial: Make Coakley next governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Politically, Massachusetts is a much more complex place than the usual labels would have you believe. Sure, the state is seen as deeply blue, one of the nation’s Democratic strongholds. And it’s true that Democrats comfortably control both the House and Senate up on Beacon Hill. And the fact that this was the only state that went for George McGovern in the presidential … 0

Editorial: Free speech? Hardly

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If anyone needed convincing that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision equating corporations with individuals when it comes to political speech was a true mistake, this campaign season’s advertising reinforces just how terrible it has all become. In the name of their particular candidate or issue, political action committees have been seeking to … 0

Editorial: Lots of questions with tires

Monday, September 22, 2014

The discovery of a blanket of tires along a river embankment off Colorado Avenue in Greenfield presents more questions than answers at this time. Some of those questions are part of the past and may not lend themselves easily to answers, but others are very much part of … 0

Editorial: Tracking down Dexter

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Dexter Marsh would be thrilled. The Greenfield handyman and laborer is now the object of a two-year project by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association to bring his amazing story to … 0

Editorial: Bench idea terrific

Friday, September 19, 2014

We were delighted to read about a new plan to recycle metal tree grates from Greenfield’s downtown sidewalks and use them to build new, charming benches for Main and other town streets. It’s a great idea. As regular readers of The Recorder know, we have been in favor … 0

Editorial: New pipeline plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The mobilization of western and central Massachusetts residents in opposition to the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans has raised a number of valid questions. These have included the source of such gas (fracking, which raises a whole separate issue regarding the environmental impacts of this method of extracting) … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Editorial: Grand plans for Sweetheart, Lake House

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Ambitious and creative are a couple of words that come to mind regarding the plans that Mauricia Alvarez has for both the former Sweetheart Restaurant building in Shelburne Falls and the … 0

Editorial: Take action against hunger

Friday, September 12, 2014

Here’s something to know when thinking about hunger: 200,000-plus. That’s the number of residents in the four counties of western Massachusetts — Berkshire, Franklin, Hamden and Hampshire — who use food pantries or other food assistance programs. Breaking down those numbers even more, that’s 33,000 boys and girls … 0

Editorial: Candidates, voters have work to do

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The state’s Democrats and Republicans have now settled their inter-party contests, setting the stage for the general election. Forget the anemic turnout Tuesday; that was no surprise. But what’s at stake now is the direction that Massachusetts residents want their representatives to take next year and the year … 0