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Editorial: Let them play

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council’s decision making it harder for middle school athletes to compete on the varsity level this fall can be couched in all sorts of language about competition and integrity, of fairness and even gaming the system. Apparently missing from the conversation is consideration of the impact on the students themselves, both the middle-schoolers and their potential high school teammates. Here’s what has happened: The MIAC, one … 0

Editorial: Broadband expansion necessary

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broadband Internet service has been characterized as the new electricity. Such service is an integral part of 21st century life, even for those small out-of-the-way communities in Massachusetts where it can seem that the number of back roads exceeds the number of residents The Federal Communications Commission put it this way in its National Broadband Plan five years ago: “Like electricity a century … 0

Editorial: Congress needs to alter Amtrak course

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amtrak resumed service between Washington, D.C., and New York City Monday, along the Northeast Corridor/Trenton line, following the deadly crash outside of Philadelphia last week. Many questions remain as to why the train was traveling at more than 100 mph, twice the posted speed limit, when it hit the curve and derailed, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others. The accident … 0

Editorial: Time for a new senior center

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Those residents who use the Greenfield Senior Center must think they’re on a merry-go-round when it comes to a new facility. Every time they come close to a move from the Weldon House, something gets in the way of their grabbing the brass ring. And while there seems … 0

Editorial: An end and beginning in Shelburne Falls

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The news that Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing has found a new place to set up shop isn’t exactly surprising given that the company has made its intentions known, particularly as it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Still, learning that the factory would no longer be entrenched at … 0

Editorial: Diner pays price for sexual harassment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Though it went out of business Monday, the Route 9 Diner in Hadley still has something to teach the restaurant trade: If you subject workers to sexual harassment, you’ll pay a price. That’s the message restaurant managers anywhere should take from the state attorney general’s decision to go … 0

Editorial: State should be protecting ratepayers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ purpose is clear: “The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; to oversee the energy … 1

Editorial: Quick replacement should move Greenfield forward

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Greenfield moved quickly to replace Robert Pyers as economic development director after he was placed on paid administrative leave in January and subsequently retired in early February. Larry Jutras, the owner … 0

Editorial: State doesn’t want to get burned by marijuana

Friday, March 27, 2015

When it comes to budding prospects of marijuana becoming legal in Massachusetts, there is one question that state officials have to answer: Do they want to be ahead or behind the curve? Given the state’s experience so far with medical marijuana, advance preparations for what is surely on … 0

Editorial: Senate holds AG nominee hostage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Over the past couple of years, Americans have witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives being turned into something that often resembles a Saturday Night Live skit rather than a serious group of public officials trying to reach reasonable compromises. Recently, we’ve heard members make statements so full of … 1

Editorial: Conway neighbors show the way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Right neighborly. That may seem some sort of quaint phrase to someone coming to western Massachusetts from outside the region — from the eastern part of the state or even one of the more urban areas south of here. But when you call one of the 26 communities … 0

Editorial: More openness, not less, should be the rule

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

State officials heard Saturday from those involved with local government who take issue with the current version of the Open Meeting Law. If you listened to the complaints, the law’s faults are many ... from complicated to petty or overly restrictive to impeding progress, and it was clear … 0

Editorial: Sensible plan with early release

Monday, March 23, 2015

Generally speaking, plenty gets packed into a school day. For teachers that often means more than just what’s taking place in the classroom. Their day, at times, can include personnel development, including meetings and training. That can turn into quite a scheduling act, sometimes making it necessary to … 0