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Editorial: Finally, the focus will be on the game

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl weekend. The world won’t necessarily stop on Sunday as the National Football League season reaches its climax with its championship game, but ... We know that much of Franklin County will join the rest of New England in rooting on the Patriots, just as the Pacific Northwest will undoubtedly be cheering on the Seattle Seahawks. It must be … 0

Editorial: State should keep hands off this gift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One of the feel-good stories around Massachusetts lately has been Nicole Bollerman. She’s the third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Dorchester who won prize money from Capital One’s “Wish For Others” campaign back in December. Her submission in part said, “My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand … 0

Editorial: Glad this storm wasn’t historic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If you live in Franklin County and woke up Tuesday morning and wondered where all the snow was, you weren’t alone: A winter storm for the ages? How about a bust? To be fair, the weather predictions of a blizzard were correct for some parts of New England and the Northeast. Southern New … 0

Editorial: Details of our nightmare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s one of our worst nightmares. We’re talking about the contents of the more than 500-page summary of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s five-year investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture against terrorism suspects following the … 0

Editorial: A true believer in Greenfield

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When each telephone call began, the voice on the other end always started with “Barbara Tillmanns here ... .” The motivation for the call may have been based upon some incident, question or concern, but behind it all was a true love of Greenfield and a desire to … 0

Editorial: A day to make a difference

Monday, December 8, 2014

“What a difference a day made ...” If you’re of a particular age, you may recall Dinah Washington singing those words. This Wednesday, Franklin County residents can also make a difference by taking part in the Valley Gives campaign. For the third straight year, residents can help a … 0

Editorial: Getting the train station ready

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: We’re getting closer to seeing passenger train service return to Greenfield with Amtrak’s “Vermonter.” The twice-a-day service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., is scheduled to start Monday, Dec. 29. … 0

Editorial: Moving the Shea forward

Friday, December 5, 2014

Admittedly, getting all interested parties on the same page when it comes to the operations of the Shea Theater in Montague is a challenge. But the various personalities and their differences can be overcome if there’s a starting place that one and all can agree upon. Thankfully, that … 0

Editorial: Silence surrounding Bill Cosby

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Silence can be both an ally and an enemy — and Bill Cosby is now finding that out. If the allegations are true, decades of silence has protected one of Franklin County’s most recognizable residents and allowed him to build an incredible career as a comedian, television star … 0

Editorial: Let manners be your seasonal guide

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

We have entered that time of year that is characterized in the phrase, “’Tis the season.” December can be quite a month, packing in a number of holidays. We’re less than three weeks from the shortest day of the year with the Winter Solstice — long marked by … 0

Editorial: A divided house

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Those famous words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln after receiving the Republican Party’s nomination for United States Senate in 1858, had as their backdrop a nation embroiled over the question of slavery. Lincoln lost his Senate race, but this speech — and … 0

Editorial: Set salary hikes aside

Monday, December 1, 2014

Viewed from the public perspective, there’s probably never a good time for elected officials to be looking at raises. But that doesn’t mean, however, there isn’t a bad time for hinting about such a hike. Right now in Massachusetts, it’s definitely a bad time. The Special Advisory Commission … 0

Editorial: No reason to stand on formality

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: Should there have been a formal invitation to members of the Greenfield School Committee to attend the open house for the new high school? According to committee Chairwoman Maryelen Calderwood’s … 0