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 agreement to locate the South County Emergency Medical ambulances in Whately at the former Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building, that’s not … 0

Amyot/My Turn: Back the water bottle ban

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What if you discovered that one one-liter bottle of water costs 2,000 times more than a quart of water out of your own tap? And what if you figured out that buying one gallon of water in one-liter bottles costs more than double what a gallon of gasoline costs? How about if someone could show you all the chemicals that leach into the … 0

Editorial: Preventing copycat killers requires several steps

Monday, October 12, 2015

After a 26-year-old man killed nine people at the Oregon community college he attended, people alarmed by the prospect of copycat killers called on the media to minimize — or eliminate altogether — use of the killer’s name and image. They make a point. But let’s take care not to let it obscure other measures — particularly making it harder for mentally unstable … 0

Editorial: Celebrate the working person

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Today, the nation celebrates Labor Day, and it is quite clear that in the U.S. “labor” continues to be in … 2

Editorial: AG continues connecting the dots on opiate crisis

Friday, September 4, 2015

State Attorney General Maura Healey continues to demonstrate an ability to connect the dots when it comes to the big picture of the opiate epidemic. Healey sees the crisis in human terms, recognizing its impacts on law enforcement resources, addiction treatment needs and the health of users and … 0

Editorial: Closing the digital divide in Mass.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

While broadband Internet service might once have been considered a luxury, that’s no longer the case. This high-speed method of transmitting data and other information has to be seen as a necessity and a crucial component for economic stability and growth, no matter where you might live in … 0

Editorial: MBTA repairs issue for rest of state

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Western Massachusetts might normally pass over the travail of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. After all, the MBTA’s operations are Boston-centric, and the closest Franklin County residents get to actually using its service would be if someone used the Fitchburg station to catch a commuter train or drove … 0

Editorial: Adding to the Pioneer mix

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The possibility of adding high school students from New Hampshire to the mix at Pioneer Valley Regional School would indeed be a significant plus. The school and district would benefit both from an infusion of new students as well as a budgetary increase from tuition that would accompany … 0

Editorial: Pipeline capacity just one outstanding question

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the debate rages over the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project, the public keeps coming back to a central question: Does the region require more pipeline capacity to fill its need for fuel? Or might the region be able to heat its homes and businesses with power … 0

Editorial: The people behind Internet choices

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The efforts to bring faster Internet services to those communities now underserved or not served at all in the Franklin County continues to progress, slowly. Behind this work are many … 1

Editorial: We must address our gun problem

Friday, August 28, 2015

What began as a routine television interview became, in seconds, gruesome evidence of the intersection of narcissism, social media and the American gun culture. If any good is to come of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two young journalists … 2

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, … 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 … 0