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Editorial: French King retail project hits a side track

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

For four years and counting, the proposed retail development off French King Highway in Greenfield has been traveling the tracks of Massachusetts’ legal system. Accepting the fact that justice cannot be rushed, this case has demonstrated that not only do the legal wheels turn slowly; the journey involves some side tracks as well. It makes you glad that the court system isn’t running public transportation in the state. Recently, Greenfield … 0

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 … 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 … 1

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

Editorial: Trolley taking us forward with nod to history

Thursday, June 11, 2015

In this 21st-century age of instant gratification it’s nice to see that there are still some among us who are good for the long haul. There were those who had their doubts about the long-term prospects of a trolley museum in Shelburne Falls when a handful of railroad … 0

Editorial: Doctor shortage only getting worse

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The closing of West County Physicians in Shelburne next month has to be seen as unfortunate for those in the area who have relied on the practice to meet their medical needs. And it once again highlights some of the difficulties facing medical practices in rural areas as … 0

Editorial: Don’t create new vaccine exemption

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As recently seen in the Legislature, Massachusetts isn’t immune to the anti-vaccination movement. A bill seeking to allow an exemption for one’s personal beliefs about vaccinations had a hearing before the Committee on Education last week. If approved, personal belief would be added to the existing religious and … 0

Editorial: Find a balance for 'net metering'

Monday, June 8, 2015

Greenfield just recently celebrated its community Solar Challenge, signing up 58 households and businesses to install either roof- or ground-mounted installations. In doing so, and making a personal financial investment, the Solar Challenge’s participants did receive help to make the cost not only attractive but affordable. “Rebates and … 0

Editorial: Banners brighten downtown

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area: The banners displaying the art of Greenfield’s school-age children are a terrific addition to the downtown area. And we like that the town held a contest asking the students to … 0

Editorial: Improve public records access

Friday, June 5, 2015

Government officials in Massachusetts take justifiable pride in running a state many consider the birthplace of American liberty. But when residents, activists and journalists want to use public records to examine government operations, they often find themselves locked out. Northampton Rep. Peter V. Kocot and other public-spirited lawmakers … 0

Editorial: Investing in business, community

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A thriving and healthy community depends upon an active and energetic citizenry. That’s true whether talking about involvement in local government or volunteering with any of the many organizations or projects that look to make life better. Call this interest and participation an investment in the place we … 0

Editorial: Building on new ownership

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The historical and architectural prominence of the Arts Block and the Pushkin Gallery, so near the crossroad of Main and Federal streets in the heart of downtown Greenfield, is undeniable. These buildings, however, have greater consequences for the community beyond their exterior look. For the past eight years … 0

Editorial: Welcoming new high school grads

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

High schools across Franklin County get to show off — and send off — their latest batch of fresh and happy faces, otherwise known as graduating seniors, this weekend. Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Graduation is a milestone in the lives of these teenagers. Receiving that high … 0