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Editorial: Medicare still proving its worth

Monday, August 3, 2015

It takes a certain kind to attend a birthday party for a government program. That person is likely to believe government can be a force for good, and that with the right political backing, our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., can do more good things for average Americans. Even those who missed last week’s celebration of Medicare’s 50th anniversary probably believe that while millions of older Americans live in poverty, … 0

Letter: We need energy strategy

Monday, August 3, 2015

The comments by Sen. Stan Rosenberg, Rep. Paul Mark and others were weak. Postponing the Kinder Morgan pipeline project for further review is not the answer. What is needed are strong leaders who have the courage to talk about a Massachusetts and federal energy strategy that effectively addresses the realties of climate change. Our environment is suffering and species depletion is out of … 0

Editorial: Club needs help keeping their home

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The predicament that the Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club finds itself in with its clubhouse begs for some outside intervention. The club has been leasing a building from the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for decades. But in the last couple of years the state … 0

Editorial: A more perfect union

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nearly 30 years ago, The Recorder received a wedding announcement for inclusion on our Milestones page, where such important events in the lives of Franklin County residents are chronicled. This one was different. It involved two women. The … 0

Editorial: State must bolster staffing for funeral home inspections

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Until practice catches up with promises, customers of funeral home services in Massachusetts need to guard themselves and their families against fraudulent conduct that can turn a difficult time into a horrendous one. While steps have been taken in the past year to more closely monitor financial transactions … 0

Editorial: Don’t forget Tech vote Tuesday

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: If you live in one of the towns that make up the Franklin County Technical School district, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday between noon and 8 p.m. Polling places … 0

Editorial: State retreats from tuition plan

Friday, June 19, 2015

A college education can be expensive, no matter how you slice it. In Massachusetts, that cost just got higher at the state’s flagship public university and others in the system as the University of Massachusetts board of trustees voted to increase tuition by 5 percent and tack on … 0

Editorial: Senate stands against torture

Thursday, June 18, 2015

If our beacon of democracy and freedom fails to burn as bright as it once did, the U.S. Senate took a step this week to restore its luster. Looking to make an executive order signed by President Barack Obama permanent, the Senate passed an amendment to the National … 0

Editorial: Serious case of mistaken identity

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

“I identify as black.” With this pronouncement on NBC’s “Today,” program, former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal tried closing the door on the controversy that’s thrust her into the national spotlight. Identifying internally as black, however, doesn’t allow someone to deliberately mislead the public about one’s race. That’s … 0

Editorial: Make the move from Davis Street

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Holding someone’s feet to the fire is one way to get action. In the case of Greenfield Mayor William Martin, it may be the cold that puts the school administration into a new home. The mayor says that the heating system for the school office building on Davis … 0

Editorial: Greenfield school meeting fails to pass public test

Monday, June 15, 2015

It was just painful to watch, even if you didn’t have a personal stake in the fight. The parents and teachers of the Greenfield Math and Science Academy attending last week’s Greenfield School Committee had a right to feel discouraged, disheartened, infuriated and disrespected — particularly by the … 0

Editorial: Championship weekend for TFHS

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: CAPS OFF to the girls and boys of Turners Falls. The fans of the Indians girls softball team and the boys baseball team were treated to a double dose of … 0

Editorial: Lost cause becomes creative opportunity

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s time to make lemonade. The small building at 188 Main St. in Greenfield, which most don’t realize is perched near the northern entrance of a railroad tunnel under Main Street, is about to be razed. The owner of the dilapidated building that once housed a nail salon … 1