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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 run against Richard Nixon 42 years ago … 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: Q 4 too far a reach

Monday, October 27, 2014

Massachusetts voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether the state should join two others in the country — Connecticut and California — in creating a sick time law. Ballot Question 4 seems straightforward in what it requires: Businesses with 11 or more employees will be eligible for earned paid sick time, one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours a … 0

Editorial: Punch that hits the NFL

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Professional football is a violent sport played by big and powerful athletes who are among the best at what they do. Fans admire — even celebrate — a player’s ability to withstand and hand out punishment. Outside the … 0

Editorial: Pardoning Nixon: a 40-year view

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Monday, 40 years ago, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford did what many Americans at the time thought was out of line: He pardoned his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon. At the time, Ford’s decision, coming just a month after Nixon had resigned in disgrace following the unfolding of … 0

Editorial: Rezoning Lunt a good idea

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Rezoning the former Lunt Silversmith property, as suggested by Greenfield Mayor William Martin, makes sense. The mayor is planning to ask the Town Council to change the property from “general … 0

Editorial: An educational effort turns 30

Friday, September 5, 2014

Our state’s constitution is a fascinating document that more of the commonwealth’s citizens should probably get to know. For one thing, at John Adams’ insistence, it applied the label “commonwealth” to Massachusetts. Beyond the fact that it is the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the … 0

Editorial: Head to the primary polls

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Massachusetts voters have the opportunity to influence the way their government works next Tuesday. That’s when the Democrats and Republicans are holding their respective primaries, which will put the top candidates in the running for the November election. Voters should make their voices heard at this time, including … 0

Editorial: Proud of the new GHS

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The new Greenfield High School is now open for business and the first thing that comes to mind is “wow!” As good-looking as the exterior of the building may be, what’s inside is something else — a modern, spacious school that should serve well the students, staff and … 0

Editorial: Stupidity leads to fatal accident

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The accidental shooting death of a gun-range instructor in Arizona has stupidity written all over it. What makes the incident even more senseless is just how easily this entire tragedy could have been avoided, had the adults in the story used just a little common sense. Instead, we … 0

Editorial: Get ready for the county fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

An early Labor Day and a late Thanksgiving, combined with a cooler-than-usual summer and it’s easy to get confused where we are with the calendar. Is it really summer? Some days it’s hard to tell. So mark your calendar for Thursday through Sunday. That way you won’t miss … 0

Editorial: Clearing up bridge ownership

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: As the continuing story that is the Schell Memorial Bridge continues to be written, Northfield residents have to like the … 0

Editorial: Teens need more sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers like — and need — to sleep ... a lot. That’s not exactly earth-shattering news to parents who may have seen their child head off to bed at a seemingly reasonable time on a Friday only to see them emerge sometime Saturday afternoon. But what many adults … 0