Editorial: Let’s keep working on hunger

Monday, November 30, 2015

As people continue polishing off leftovers from Thanksgiving, chances are they’re already thinking about what’s ahead: the holiday season. This is after all, the time of holiday gatherings, both big and small, formal and informal. They might be a party at work or an open house in the neighborhood. The lights and decorations help set the mood and add sparkle and warmth to the occasion. They fuel fun and laughter … 0

Editorial: Medical marijuana dispensary’ slow progress

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Feb. 1 is now the target date for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in Greenfield. Once the Greenfield site opens, it will join other operations around the state, in what can be only described as deliberate growth, given that just a month or so ago … 0

Editorial: Prescription drug ads growing issue

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ever wonder what kind of influence all that prescription drug advertising has on the American public? As it turns out, plenty. For example, over the past two years, the pharmaceutical companies have spent some $4.5 billion to get the word out on their products through television and the Internet, an increase of 30 … 0

Editorial: Adding to the toolbox for the opioid crisis

Friday, October 23, 2015

At its core, the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis is a matter of life and death. New state data released this week underscore that view: Department of Public Health officials said Wednesday that the number of opioid deaths remained high during the first six months of 2015 … 0

Editorial: Changing guides for mammograms

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Early detection has been a life saver when it comes to many diseases, including breast cancer. Since the start of breast cancer awareness month three decades ago, mammograms have been seen as a vital tool in discovering the most common cancer among women in its earliest stages. Almost … 0

Editorial: GMSD keeps addressing tone of contract talks

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If money talks — and it most certainly does — then the conversation attached to contract negotiations is too often harsh. The Gill-Montague Regional School District knows this all too well. Past contract talks between the School Committee and the Gill-Montague Education Association have at times been bitter … 0

Editorial: Senior center plan looks like a winner

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“Ya gotta believe.” Once the rallying cry of Tug McGraw, a New York Mets relief pitcher for that fateful season when the Mets made it to the World Series in 1973, plenty of fans are saying this now as the New York Mets battle to get into the … 0

Editorial: This compact puts community first

Monday, October 19, 2015

In the past, what was happening on Beacon Hill seemed quite divorced from what was happening or was needed in western Massachusetts. It’s not that our lawmakers didn’t know there were citizens and issues beyond Route 128, the highway circling Boston, or even the partial beltway know as … 0

Editorial: Code of conduct sign of times

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: It’s a sad commentary on our times that there’s a need for communities to enact a code of conduct as Buckland did last week. While disagreements are part of what … 0

Editorial: State Senate wants to help with diapers

Friday, October 16, 2015

An amendment to the state Senate’s supplemental spending plan wants to make sure that low-income families can afford to buy diapers. What the amendment looks to do is let Massachusetts seek approval for people to pay for diapers using benefits they get through the Supplemental Nutrition Program for … 0

Editorial: Farmers’ wares aren’t there for the pickin’

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The apple-napper will have to tell it to the judge. Maybe the woman seen helping herself to apples this month in a Clarkdale Fruit Farms orchard in Deerfield really didn’t know that this constitutes theft. But a police officer clarified the matter for her that same day, Oct. … 0

Editorial: Time running out on Charlemont Inn

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The plight of the Charlemont Inn presents a quandary that comes wrapped in several different strains of history. Traveling along Route 2 in the village, it’s hard to miss this building, one that has been standing for more than two centuries. While it might not be in the … 0

Editorial: South County ambulance service hits unexpected bump

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The emergency medical service shared by Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately was providing that region with a real-life model of cooperation among communities, one where sharing and the common good outweighed parochial concerns. Last week, however, this joint effort took a step backward. Despite what seemed to be an … 0