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Editorial: United Way helps make it happen

Friday, April 17, 2015

Area residents will see plenty of familiar names in scanning the list of the 26 partner agencies that are supported by the United Way of Franklin County. These local nonprofits provide programs and services where the goal is to help those struggling when it comes to food, literacy, education, physical and mental health or the law. They are local organizations that are made up of paid staff and volunteers who, … 0

Editorial: Lessons await with school budget

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Deciding how much to increase spending for Greenfield’s public schools should be an interesting learning experience this year. The town’s new superintendent, Jordana Harper, with her School Committee’s almost unanimous support, has asked the Town Council for a $1 million increase. But Mayor William Martin, the lone dissenting voice on the school board and the man who proposes overall spending levels for all … 0

Editorial: Gov. Baker takes aim at regulations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A badge of honor or an unnecessary constraint? When the question involves state regulations that are tougher than corresponding federal rules, the answer depends on how you view regulations to begin with. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, like many Republicans, isn’t a fan of regulation, especially if those regulations are seen as impeding business growth and job creation. It’s one of the reasons that … 0

Editorial: Juanita Nelson had quite a life

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

“Your life is your action” could be said to have been Juanita Nelson’s credo. Nelson, who died at 91 earlier this week and who spoke those words some 35 years ago, had a life full of action, much of it spent in demonstration and defense of her beliefs. … 0

Editorial: Invite them to ride the school bus

Monday, March 9, 2015

The old saw that you can’t understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes often holds true. In much of western Massachusetts, however, we might want to rephrase that to: you can’t understand a school district until you’ve ridden its school bus routes. Perhaps that … 0

Editorial: Moving on at the Shea Theater

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Recent developments in the running of the Shea Theater do more than indicate a change coming in running the building. They also signal that it may be in the best … 0

Editorial: MBTA woes keep piling up

Friday, March 6, 2015

As Boston and surrounding communities continue to dig out from all the snow — prompting plenty of talk about record amounts, the dumping of snow and subsequent digging out, have been eclipsed by a real issue: trouble for the region’s mass transit system. With plenty of eyes — … 0

Editorial: Signs of spring

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Admit it: Even if you’re the most diehard fan of winter and just love skiing, snowmobiling or the frigid beauty nature creates with snow and ice, this winter has been a little taxing. All the snow and frigid temperatures have brought a renewed understanding of the term “cabin … 0

Editorial: Netanyahu’s speech pure political theater

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress Tuesday was pure political theater ... directed at making domestic points and enacted both by House Republicans and Netanyahu himself. At the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and other … 0

Editorial: Baker jumps in on homelessness

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Give Gov. Charlie Baker credit for quickly wading into how the state handles homelessness. It’s an increasing problem here in Massachusetts for the families feeling the direct impact of their situation, and as Greenfield knows better than most towns, that effect extends to communities that find themselves as … 0

Editorial: Tied up in the courts

Monday, March 2, 2015

If anyone was ever seeking a real-life definition for the term “tied up in the courts,” they can turn to case involving the proposed retail development off the French King Highway. Greenfield is now into its fourth year waiting for a resolution of the case — one way … 0

Editorial: Several benefits to sharing Olympics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We appreciate U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s thoughts about the chance that western Massachusetts could get a piece of the action should Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics Summer Games come … 0

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. … 0